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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First Look: Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe Star in the Upcoming Romantic Comedy, 'WHAT IF'

I really hope we don't start to become fatigued by the persistent trend of millenial romance crowding the big screen these days. I'm all for refreshing, quirky romances, but if they're all the same kind of quirky how will we be able to tell them apart? I'm just asking.

I brought this up because I received information on Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan's upcoming comedy, WHAT IF, this afternoon. While there isn't a full trailer for the film (at least not that I noticed online), I got a chance to check out a one-minute clip of the film which you can watch here:

I've been keeping an eye out on Zoe Kazan ever since I saw Ruby Sparks, another quirky comedy that she wrote (her only writing credit thus far) that showed that she was more than just a supporting character. So hopefully WHAT IF (which comes to theaters this August) will push her in the right direction. Kazan and Radcliffe play two casual acquaintances at various degrees of singlehood in a film that seems to revisit the age old question: Can a man and a woman have a purely platonic relationship? More on the film below:

WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? The ensemble romantic comedy costars Megan Park and Oona Chaplin.

We'll get to see a little more from the film when the new trailer hits on May 29th. So far, it seems...ok yet familiar. Again, I like Kazan so I will reserve hope for her. And Radcliffe continues to charm critics with his roles on the stage and screen, so it will be interesting to see their onscreen chemistry. Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight) directed the film with Elan Mastai's screenplay adapted from the T.J. Dawe/Michael Rinaldi play, Toothpaste and Cigars.

Here are a few images from the film:


Brittani Burnham said...

I hate romantic comedies, but damn do I love Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan!

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