Watch: A LONG WAY DOWN Trailer Starring Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan
Based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down connects audiences with four strangers that have one thing in common; they all decided to commit suicide by jumping off the same building on the same night. And it was this fateful New Year’s Eve meeting that allowed this story to last for more than a tragic few minutes, as the group makes a pact to keep living until Valentine’s Day since they could no longer die alone that evening the way they planned. With the non-suicide pact comes a bit of unexpected fame, as TV and newspaper reporters start asking questions and the gang ends up doing an interview on television. With fame comes the kind of stress suicidal individuals don’t need, so the group takes a holiday where more drama unfolds. The story takes place in London, England.
Carried by an incredible cast, A Long Way Down promises to bring heart-warming joy and comical moments to the big screen after it’s somewhat darker beginning. Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) star as the suicidal leads. Brosnan plays Martin Sharp, a once-famous show host with a wife and two daughters who spends 3 months in prison after sleeping with an underage girl. Maureen, a 50-something year old single mother of a disabled boy who wants to commit suicide to finally feel some freedom, is played by Ms. Collette. Poots captures the character of Jess Crichton, an 18-year-old daughter of a politician who has no regard for her feelings or anyone else’s. Finally, Paul plays the only non-British character in this tale, as he portrays a budding American pop star who loses his band and his girlfriend and is forced to become a pizza delivery boy. They begin an adventure to better themselves. More than just taking health supplements, they dig deep to find their inner selves and discover a true bond of friendship.
Director Paul Chaumeil, best known for Heartbreaker, has a special flair with romantic comedies, which gives the glimmer of hope that he will have the perfect delicate touch for bringing the pages of A Long Way Down to life with this movie adaptation. While it may prove to be somewhat of a challenge for the more dramatic and dark undertones throughout the film to be balanced out with love and compassion as the four strangers become a bonded unit, the trailer offers a glimpse to something tender and perfect.
A Long Way Down will make its debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2014. It will be released in theater on March 21, 2014 in the United Kingdom. There has been no confirmation that the film will be released in the United States.