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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.
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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


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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.