The official synopsis for director Greg Mottola’s (Adventureland, which was one of my favorite films of 2009) sci-fi comedy Paul has hit the interweb. In case you aren’t already familiar the film, Paul stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Seth Rogen (who voices the alien title character), as well as Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver.
If Mottola’s previous work (Superbad, as well as directing credits on the excellent yet short-lived Arrested Development and Undeclared) isn’t enough of a selling point, need I remind you of Pegg and Frost’s previous collaborations: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the TV series Spaced? In short, everyone involved in this project has proven comedic chops. With all this in mind, do I really need to convince you to hit the jump for the synopsis? Paul is currently set to open on March 18, 2011.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.
For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Collings (Frost).
Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.
Paul is directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy’s cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver.