Later on this year, Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike will star in two very different films. Pegg will lend his voice to the stop motion animated film The Boxtrolls, while Pike will get her first real chance at stardom opposite Ben Affleck in the highly anticipated thriller Gone Girl from director David Fincher. But before both their films debut in US theaters, they’ll first be seen opposite each other as love interests in Relativity’s Hector and the Search for Happiness.
An adaptation of French psychiatrist François Lelord’s successful novel and directed by Peter Chelsom, the romantic comedy follows (who else?) Pegg as Hector, an eccentric London psychiatrist on a mission to find out how to make his patients happier. Pike plays his (reluctantly) supportive long-time girlfriend Clara, who is forced to wait at home while he travels the world in search of an answer.
The new UK trailer for Hector and the Search for Happiness makes it a point to highlight the film’s all-star cast, which is quite impressive and includes award winning actors Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård and Jean Reno. Yet it’s safe to say that just as the original novel’s humorous approach to psychological advice became very popular with readers, it’s really the film’s uplifting tone that will end up capturing moviegoers’ hearts.
This will be Chelsom’s first movie since he, surprisingly, directed Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009. Despite the one-time change in genre and target audience, he’s actually better known for hiring popular actors to star in mature dramas romantic comedies, like Richard Gere in Shall We Dance, John Cusack in Serendipity and Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton in Town&Country.
Hector and the Search for Happiness should be a return to form for the British director, and judging by the current and up-and-coming talent involved this time around, it just might be his most successful film yet.
Hector and the Search for Happiness premieres in the U.K. on August 15th, 2014 before crossing the pond to US theaters on September 19th.