Anne Hathaway has officially signed on to star in a film adaptation of the bestselling book ‘The Idea of You’.
The Amazon Prime Video project shares a name with Robinne Lee’s 2017 novel. The book tells the story of a 40-year-old mother and gallery owner who, while accompanying her daughter to a boy band concert, ends up developing a connection with one of August Moon’s bandmates.
Here’s everything we know about “The Idea of You” so far.
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Hathaway is the film’s leading lady — and in September 2022, the leading man was announced: Nicholas Galitzine, star of Netflix romance ‘Purple Hearts’ and upcoming film ‘Red White and Royal Blue’, will play Hayes.
However, several other production roles were filled. Michael Showalter, who is known for directing such films as “The Big Sick” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” will direct and produce “The Idea of You.” On the production side, he will have help from Hathaway, actress Gabrielle Union and book author Robinne Lee, among others.
When is ‘The Idea of You’ coming out?
Production begins in October, according to Deadline, so it likely won’t debut until 2023. When the film is released, it will premiere on Amazon Prime Video.
‘The Idea of You’ book provides insight into the film’s plot
For a taste of the plot, head to the best-selling novel “The Idea of You.” In the book, 39-year-old divorced protagonist Solène Marchand takes her daughter to meet her favorite boy band and then falls in love with a much younger man: 20-year-old August Moon band member Hayes Campbell.
While keeping the premise, the film makes some deviations from the book. For one thing, the leading lady’s name is now Sophie and she is 40 years old. The film ages Hayes too: he is 24 in the film version.
Additionally, Sophie meets Hayes at Coachella in the film, per IMdB; in the book, they meet backstage at a concert in Las Vegas.
Is “The Idea of You” by Harry Styles fanfiction?
The book has been called “Harry Styles fan fiction”. But is it?
In 2017, Lee told blogger Deborah Kalb that the romance began after meeting the leader of a boy band on YouTube.
“A few years ago my husband was on a business trip and I was late surfing through music videos on YouTube when I came across the face of a boy I had never seen in a band I had never seen before. had never paid attention. was so aesthetically perfect that it took me by surprise. It was like… art. I spent about a good hour googling and trying to figure out who this kid was, and in doing so I discovered that he often dates older women, and so the seed was planted,” a- she declared.
Lee doesn’t identify the main man during this interview, but fans assumed she was talking about Harry Styles. The former One Directioner, 28, is currently in a relationship with Olivia Wilde, 38, after meeting on the set of her movie ‘Don’t Worry Darling’.
Speaking to ‘Vogue’ in 2020, author Lee confirmed the novel was loosely inspired by One Direction’s Harry Styles, as well as Eddie Redmayne and her real-life husband – but it wasn’t from the ‘fan fiction “.
“It was never meant to be a Harry Styles book,” Lee told Vogue. “It was meant to be the story of a woman approaching 40 and reclaiming her sexuality and rediscovering herself, just when society traditionally views women as desirable, viable and whole. »
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