Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet join forces to help Will Smith through tragedy in star-studded Collateral Beauty trailer


By Ellie Genower For Mailonline

They are three of the biggest actresses in Britain.

And now Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren are joining forces to help Will Smith through personal tragedy in forthcoming film Collateral Beauty.

A new trailer for the movie shows the actresses in rather different guises, with Kate starring as a friend of the actor’s character Howard, while Keira plays the embodiment of ‘love’, and Helen Mirren, ‘death’.

They rally around Howard – a New York advertising executive who is in a deep depression following the death of his young daughter.

To cope with her loss, he begins writing letters to the elements, which in his view connect the universe – time, love, and death.

‘These three things connect every single human being on earth,’ he says in a voiceover. ‘We long for love, we wish we had more time but we fear death.’

Howard’s friends, Whit (Edward Norton), Simon (Michael Peña), Madeline (Naomie Harris) and Claire (Kate Winslet) are worried about their friend, and conceive a plan to try to help him through.

‘Howard used to love life,’ says Claire. ‘Right now he hates it.’

Enter Helen Mirren, who looks striking in beret and feathered collar as a representative of death.

‘Who did you write the letter to?’ she asks Howard who responds: ‘I wrote the letter to death.’

‘Nice to meet you. Charmed I’m sure,’ she replies, unusually in an American accent. ‘People write letters to the universe all the time. Most don’t get a personal response. But you are.’

Howard doesn’t appear too keen on this turn of events, telling ‘death’ – ‘I don’t want this.’

Soon enough though, he has to face ‘time’ played by Jacob Latimore and who tells him: ‘I’m a gift and you’re wasting it.’

Most poignant however, is Keira’s emotional take on love, appearing in a red outfit and warning Howard not to live without her.

‘I saw you in her eyes when she called me daddy and you betrayed me,’ he shouts angrily at Keira.

‘I’m the reason for everything,’ she tearfully replies. ‘If you can accept that then maybe you get to live again.’

The film is directed by David Frankel whose credits include 21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Rock Of Ages and will be released in the UK on December 30.

Shot this year in New York City, the film’s stars appeared to have enjoyed making it, despite its sombre theme.

Helen Mirren was particularly impressed by her Independence Day co-star, saying in an interview this year: ‘I had the advantage of working with a true angel sent to this earth, an actor called Will Smith, who is the most unbelievably kind, gentle, generous, good-hearted person.’

Meanwhile Will shared a selfie of the cast including Kate and Helen, taken back in April during filming.

‘I think I’m going to need a longer arm soon!’ he wrote alongside the Facebook snap. ‘Honored to be working with the amazing group of actors! ‪#‎CollateralBeauty.




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