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.