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?