Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher join New Line’s ‘Valentine’s Day’

05.12.09 8 years ago

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Imagine if Robert Altman made a romantic comedy for a big Hollywood movie studio.  Now, take that movie, give it a “Love, Actually” twist and have Gary Marshall re-direct it.  The result?  A star-studded cast for New Line’s event rom com “Valentine’s Day.”

While currently in negotiations, the picture has a jaw-dropping cast that would showcase their talents in five slightly interconnecting stories which occur on one particular “Valentine’s Day” in Los Angeles.  The dream cast includes: Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher who are all preparing to star in the project according to The Hollywood Reporter.  New Line hopes will duplicate the success of this year’s V-day flick “He’s Just Not That Into You” which grossed $93 million in the U.S. alone.

The film would mark two significant moments in movie history.  First, the project would be the third pairing of Roberts and Marshall who made box office magic with the blockbusters “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride” (and after the disappointing returns for “Duplicity,” Roberts’ career could certainly use his help).  Second, the film is also the third pairing of Marshall and Hathaway who collaborated on the first two “Princess Diaries” pictures.  And finally, Bradley Cooper plays gay! 

Perhaps some more background on the movie might be appropriate.

The trade reports Robert’s storyline will have her as an army officer on leave from Iraq (cough, stretch) on a flight to L.A. where she meets Cooper, a gay man whose boyfriend is a closeted football player (a role yet to be cast). 

MacLaine is Robert’s mother who decides to reveal a long-ago affair to her husband (another role yet to be cast, can we suggest Jack Nicholson?).

Kutcher is that rare straight man who owns a flower shop and proposes marriage to his girlfriend (Alba) only to realize his true match is really his good friend (Garner).  Garner, on the other hand, has to deal with the shock of finding out her boyfriend is already married.

Hathaway is an assistant working at a major talent agency dating a mailroom assistant (unclear where the drama is there) and in the biggest stretch of all, Biel will play a publicist unlucky love who is single on the romantic holiday.  (To clarify: Biel unlucky in love? Hard to believe. A Hollywood publicist unlucky in love? The norm.)

No word on when production would begin, but the studio could still hit a release date around Valentine’s Day of next year.

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