Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess bring 'One Day' to the big screen

British-based romantic comedies rank pretty high on my list of Things That I Will Never Stop Loving Ever. (So if you’re not a fan of Love Actually or Notting Hill, it’s been nice knowing you.) So learning that Focus Features was adapting David Nicholls’ novel One Day just about made my head explode with happiness. (To be fair, One Day is more of a dramedy, as it can turn you into a blubbering mess quite easily). It’s a brilliantly funny and sweet story about two friends, told over a 20-year period. Production recently wrapped on the film, and USA Today has a first look at Lone Scherfig’s adaptation, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Emma Morley is an aspiring writer from Northern England, convinced she’s destined to a life of mediocrity, while Dexter Mayhew is a spoiled, handsome playboy, who dabbles in TV hosting gigs. The story begins on graduation night at Edinburgh University, and follows the two through years of relationships, jobs, and different cities. Nicholls catches up with Emma and Dexter one day each year (the same as the day they first spent together), July 15, or St. Swithin’s Day, which is similar to Groundhog Day in the States.

Anne Hathaway manages to ooze likability in everything from The Devil Wears Prada, Rachel Getting Married, and even quick cameos on The Rachel Zoe Project. She’s like the friend you can always relate to, which is exactly the feeling Emma projected throughout the novel. Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) is certainly dreamy enough to play the handsome but daft Dexter Mayhew whose it’s-not-my-fault-everyone-loves-me outlook on life can be maddening yet adorable (maddeningly adorable?) all at once. I’m sure some may have issue with Hathaway, an American, filling the role of Emma. Will her accent be up to par? Or should they have gone with an English actress like Keira Knightley or Carey Mulligan?

One Day readers: Does this photo make you happy? Are Hathaway and Sturgess acceptable versions of the Emma and Dexter running around in your head? And if you haven’t read the book (and you should), are you excited by the sound (and look) of this movie?

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  • Nikki

    I’ve been dying to read the book, but from what it looks like, it could be a great film.

    • LOL

      I could watch Anne read the phone book and be happy.

      • Lucy

        Amen! LOVE her.

      • steph

        Dittooooo! Ever since The Princess Diaries, I’ve been a fan.

    • Katie G

      The book is great, actually … funny, heart warming/breaking and a genuine page turner. Also, because we only check in on our characters once a year, you get right to the good stuff, as opposed to wading through boring bits to get to the good stuff.

  • Becks

    Not sure how you are calling this book a romantic comedy. Humorous aspects – yes. Comedy? Not so much. At most I would call it a dramedy.
    That said, can TOTALLY see these two in the lead roles.

    • Sheli

      I completely agree. I bought the book as a beach read, thinking it would be light and airy fun. I ended up crying several times. I really enjoyed it, though.

      • Becks

        Same! When I got to “insert spoiler here” I actually yelled at the book. Scared the crap out of the person sitting beside me!

      • Jessica

        Yes, I totally agree. When I got to said spoiler, I cried and then threw the book because I was so angry with the way it was going down.

    • chelsea

      I love this book. But yeah, I agree, definitely funny at times, but it’s a kick in the gut sad at the end. Great casting, especially Jim as Dex.

    • A-K87

      Most comedies have aspects of drama. This is a comedy in the literary sense NOT the Americano-Hudson-McConnaughey description to which people constantly misrepresent to be the only form of ‘comedy’.

  • The Optimist

    I just ordered this book a few days ago from Amazon. Really looking forward to getting into it!

  • Sheli

    Loved the book!! It was a great story and had some very surprisingly serious moments for a book that is consistently described as funny. I was pleasantly surprised. That being said, I don’t think the movie will do the story justice, even though I love Anne Hathaway. I’ll still see it though.

  • Miki

    Jim Sturgess is so cute!

  • Janean

    I don’t really see how this is going to be a romantic comedy. I made the mistake of finishing this book over my lunch hour and was reduced to a tearful mess at work.

  • cmg42

    It is more than a romantic comedy, it’s a beautiful love story. Can’t wait to see the movie!

  • Dylan

    “I like her movies. She’s everywoman!”

    • tracy bluth

      THANK YOU.

  • Ashleigh

    I was very disappointed when I heard Anne Hathaway was cast. I love her work, I think she is great, I just don’t see her as Emma. Oh well, I guess we’ll see.

  • Danielle

    I pictured somebody blonde for this role, and not such a classic beauty like anne hathaway.

  • Kate

    I loved the book! I think Emily Blunt would have a better choice for Emma.

  • Helen

    Emily Blunt would have been great for the role. I’m not particularly fond of Anne Hathaway’s English accent (ex. Becoming Jane).

    • samantha was more her voice in the movie with bits of “British” sounding moments in it. Still, she’s a great actress.

  • tracy bluth

    Normally I’d say they should’ve gone with a British actress, but I’m sure Anne Hathaway will be great. Much as I love Kate Winslet, I’m still sad Anne didn’t win the Oscar for “Rachel Getting Married”.

  • Sam

    There aren’t many actors I actively dislike, but Jim Sturgess is one of them. He almost ruined 21 for me with his barely-concealed British accent.

    • tracy bluth

      I (respectfully) disagree…”21″ wasn’t that great, but Kate Bosworth is what ruined it for me.

    • chelsea

      Well good thing he won’t have to hide it in this film, then. He’s perfect for Dexter.

  • narczebra

    Really? Anne Hathaway as Emma? REALLY? Did anyone else actually read the descriptions of the character? Anne Hathaway is not it. Physically, at least. This is not the girl who should be portraying Emma. Horrible choice. I’m not fond of Anne Hathaway to begin with…think I’ll be skipping this one.

    • A-K87


      I’m currently reading this and I thin Hathaway is a good fit. I remember Emma being described as wide mouthed and understatedly beautiful then the rest of the characterisation is down to acting!! I remember a few references to her big mouth and smile and Hathaway has that. Sturgess is ace anf nobody would have ever thought of him precisely. He’s handsome in a very classic sense.

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