There was a time, specifically between the mid 1990s and mid 2000s, when Hugh Grant was the king of the romantic comedy. But in more recent years, the former Bridget Jones cad has moved away from the genre that made his name, instead looking to expand his range and play against type in films such as 2012’s Cloud Atlas.
Now, though, twenty years after he was first catapulted to fame by Four Weddings and a Funeral, Grant is making a rom-com comeback (or, if you will, a rom-comeback?) with a role that promises to offer the combination of dastardly philandering mixed with irresistible charm that has characterized so many of his previous roles. The Rewrite sees him play opposite Marisa Tomei as a down-on-his-luck Hollywood screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a small-town college. Here’s the trailer:
The film’s writer/director Marc Lawrence seems to be the only person who’s been able to get Grant into rom-coms over the last decade: the pair have previously worked together on Two Weeks’ Notice in 2002, Music and Lyrics in 2007 and Did You Hear About The Morgans? in 2009. It’s unlikely to herald a full-time move back into the genre, however, as Hugh’s next major project will be Guy Ritchie’s remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is due out next year.
The Rewrite lands in U.K. theaters on October 8, with a U.S. release date still to be confirmed.
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