Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Woody Allen Reveals Cast of His Next Film Woody Allen Reveals Cast of His Next Film Teasing More Toronto Reveals: How the Festival Landed Opener 'Demolition' and that Secret Michael Moore Doc Teasing More Toronto Reveals: How the Festival Landed Opener 'Demolition' and that Secret Michael Moore Doc The Surprisingly Complicated Legacy of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' The Surprisingly Complicated Legacy of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' Robert Pattinson Follows Harmony Korine to Miami for Revenge Thriller 'The Trap' Robert Pattinson Follows Harmony Korine to Miami for Revenge Thriller 'The Trap' Weinstein Co. and Radius Figure Out Hybrid Amazon Release Plan for Fassbender's 'Macbeth' Weinstein Co. and Radius Figure Out Hybrid Amazon Release Plan for Fassbender's 'Macbeth' Top 10 Takeaways: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Opens Strong, But Summer 2015 Has Peaked Top 10 Takeaways: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Opens Strong, But Summer 2015 Has Peaked Arthouse Audit: Controversy Reigns as 'End of the Tour' Tops Limited Newbies and Weinstein Dumps Jeunet's Latest Arthouse Audit: Controversy Reigns as 'End of the Tour' Tops Limited Newbies and Weinstein Dumps Jeunet's Latest Friday Box Office: Cruise and 'Mission: Impossible' Do Their Part, But Grosses Lag Friday Box Office: Cruise and 'Mission: Impossible' Do Their Part, But Grosses Lag Fall Calendar Reveals Awards Itinerary and Stealth Contenders Fall Calendar Reveals Awards Itinerary and Stealth Contenders Sarajevo Film Fest Lineup Has Auteurs, Cannes Winners and Favorites Sarajevo Film Fest Lineup Has Auteurs, Cannes Winners and Favorites Jason Segel Takes On David Foster Wallace in Controversial 'End of the Tour' (VIDEO) Jason Segel Takes On David Foster Wallace in Controversial 'End of the Tour' (VIDEO) First Look: Cynthia Nixon Plays—and Narrates—Emily Dickinson in Two Films First Look: Cynthia Nixon Plays—and Narrates—Emily Dickinson in Two Films Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) Read Martin Scorsese's Column on His Favorite Hollywood Leading Ladies Read Martin Scorsese's Column on His Favorite Hollywood Leading Ladies A Woman in Charge: Warner Bros. Names Sue Kroll Head of Global Distribution A Woman in Charge: Warner Bros. Names Sue Kroll Head of Global Distribution 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film How HBO's 'Ballers' Fails Sports Fans How HBO's 'Ballers' Fails Sports Fans Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers

Trailer Watch: Daniel Radcliffe's New Rom-Com 'What If'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2014 at 12:00PM

The rom com is dead, The Hollywood Reporter boldly asserted last September. And yet...? The trailer for the new Daniel Radcliffe starrer "What If" has landed, and it's hard to describe it as anything other than, well, really rom com-y.
0
Radcliffe and Kazan in 'What If'
Radcliffe and Kazan in 'What If'

The rom com is dead, The Hollywood Reporter boldly asserted last September.  And yet...?  The trailer for the new Daniel Radcliffe starrer "What If" has landed, and it's hard to describe it as anything other than, well, really rom com-y.

Radcliffe plays Wallace, an unlucky-in-love Toronto twenty-something who is introduced to the beautiful (if unusually-named) Chantry (Zoe Kazan) by his buddy Allen (Adam Driver).  Wallace falls fast and hard, but at the end of the night, Chantry drops the I-have-a-boyfriend bombshell, and the two agree with a handshake to be friends and nothing more.  Uh-huh.

The new trailer's full of beautiful shots of the Toronto skyline, boyfriends being unexpectedly pushed out of windows, jobs in far-off locales that refuse to comply with the heady winds of new love and, of course, a desperate sprint to the airport to stop the beloved from flying away.

Helmed by Canadian director Michael Dowse from a Black List script by Elan Mastai, the film was released in Canada under the title "The F Word," winning Best Adapted Screenplay at the Canadian Screen Awards and nabbing a Best Picture nom as well.

This is the first time Radcliffe has tried his hand at comedy since coming off the enormously successful "Harry Potter" series.  And Driver is in everything these days, it seems, filming a role in "Star Wars VII" and appearing in the upcoming "This Is Where I Leave You."

"What If," which is being distributed by CBS Films, comes out August 1.

This article is related to: Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, comedy, Zoe Kazan, CBS Films, Toronto, What If


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.