A new promo for Hector and the Search for Happiness shows Pegg as a young London psychiatrist who’s married to Rosamund Pike (The World’s End, Pride and Prejudice)—yet somehow deeply unfulfilled. So Hector decides to jet around the world, asking strangers in foreign countries to explain what makes them smile. The whole thing bears a resemblance to a certain 2010 film about another soul-searching world traveler. (Both movies are also based on books.) Is Simon Pegg the British male Julia Roberts? Will he also be doing gender-flipped takes on Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich? Sadly, Hector and the Search for Happiness doesn’t answer these important questions—at least not in this trailer.
Hector and the Search for Happiness is based on Francois Lelord’s eponymous 2010 novel. The film is directed by Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dance) and also stars Toni Collete, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, and Christopher Plummer, probably as people with their own unique takes on what it means to be happy.
Hector is set to open on August 15, which gives you enough time to book your trip to Nepal before it’s flooded with tourists expecting to find either happiness or charming British comedians.