Man Up: Simon Pegg and Lake Bell Star In Exclusive First Trailer

Tom Butler
Senior UK Writer

What happens if someone mistakenly thinks you’re their blind date? Politely excuse yourself and explain their error… or just dive right in?

That’s the basic premise of ‘Man Up’, the new romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell, to which we can exclusively reveal the first trailer for above.

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American actress Bell, affecting a rather convincing British accent, plays Nancy, a 30-something singleton who’s done with dating. In a bizarre turn of events, she meets Pegg’s character Jack in Waterloo station where he mistakes her for his blind date.

Does Nancy “man up” and reveal the truth and can Jack “man up” and get over her little white lie?

You’ll have to watch the film when it’s released on 29 May to find out.

‘Man Up’ is directed by Ben Palmer - best known for his work on ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ - from a hotly-tipped script by Tess Morris whose original screenplay appeared on the prestigious “Brit List”, a shortlist of the best unproduced scripts in UK and Ireland.

The film also stars Olivia Williams, Ophelia Lovibond, Rory Kinnear, Ken Stott, and Sharon Horgan.

Here’s the official synopsis: Nancy (Lake Bell), is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack (Simon Pegg) blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just —- goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally Man Up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also Man Up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.

‘Man Up’ is coming to UK cinemas on 29 May. 

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