Well this is a pleasant surprise for a Friday afternoon! The first trailer for the co-writing/co-directorial debut of British comedian Ricky Gervais, The Invention of Lying, has just arrived online. I’ve been excited to see what he can do with a movie that he has actually written himself since I was pretty disappointed with his first starring vehicle Ghost Town. It looks like there is a good chance this will make up for it, although I must admit, the trailer does play a little dry and obvious. Fortunately, the concept has so much potential and the supporting cast is so impressive that I’m already sold.
The Invention of Lying takes place in a world where everyone tells the truth, even if it means hurting someone’s feelings… because, well, they don’t know any better! In this world, the concept of lying hasn’t been invented yet, but Ricky Gervais plays a man who will become the world’s very first liar. The cast also includes Jennifer Garner, Louis C.K., Jason Bateman, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, Rob Lowe, Christopher Guest, Martin Starr, Patrick Stewart, Jeffrey Tambor, and of course, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. Is that enough funny people for you? The trailer premiered over at Yahoo! UK; I’ll have an embedded version after the jump as soon as it becomes available. The Invention of Lying hits theatres on September 25th.