Steve Carell and Keira Knightley teaming up for apocalyptic rom-com?

Deadline reports that Steve Carell is set to play the lead in the romantic comedy ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,’ with Keira Knightley in negotiations to join.

The movie “takes place at a time when mankind is forced to absorb the fact that an incoming asteroid will end humanity. Carell plays a man suddenly alone when his wife leaves in a panic. His high school sweetheart writes him saying she wants to be with him when the world stops. His neighbor (Knightley) accompanies him on the road trip as love blooms at the worst possible time.”

Screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (‘Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist’) will make her directorial debut on the project. Shooting begins in May.

In addition to ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,’  Steve has been cast in David Frankel’s upcoming ‘Great Hope Springs,’ alongside the legendary Meryl Streep.