Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe as a hero, we’ve seen him in period pieces, some have even seen him naked on stage. But now the Harry Potter star takes on his most “normal” role to date, as a simple guy trying to win the affections of a girl.
Radcliffe is the star of What If, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse. He plays Wallace, a medical school drop-out who meets a cool girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). She lives with her boyfriend (Rafe Spall), which becomes a bit of an issue for Wallace when he realizes he’s in love with her.
What If has a pretty typical set-up to be sure but the cast (which also includes Adam Driver) definitely piques my interest. The film hits U.S. theaters August 1 and you can check out the trailer below.
Here’s the first What If trailer, thanks to Yahoo.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year when it was called “The F Word.” “F” as in “friend,” not the other one. Reviews out of the festival were largely positive and CBS Films nabbed the distribution rights.
Here’s the TIFF description of the August 1 release:
Med school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a hopeless romantic who’s been repeatedly burned, first by his parents in a traumatic divorce, then by his cheating ex. He’s put his life on hold, until he meets animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) — who, unfortunately, is already in a relationship. Ignoring their attraction, the pair decide to remain friends, which turns out to be far more difficult than they imagined. It might seem odd that Mike Dowse (Goon, FUBAR) could make the year’s freshest and most winning romantic comedy, but then one should remember the genuine tenderness that underlay the horrifying mullets and beer-guzzling in those earlier films. Patiently allowing Wallace and Chantry to stumble towards recognizing their connection, and filling out the margins with a cast of intriguing secondary characters, Dowse and screenwriter Elan Mastai have made a rare romantic comedy: sensitive, contemporary, and most importantly very, very funny.