Few writers can say they’ve had many of their novels adapted into film. Yet Nick Hornby never ceases to amaze. With a seemingly endless series of his books finding their way to the big screen, Hornby has stories as must-watch film. This year, Hornby’s novel “Juliet, Naked” is making its way to the big screen after a debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Late last week, “Juliet, Naked” released its first trailer to begin its marketing push.
The story of “Juliet, Naked” follows Annie (Rose Byrne) as she navigates her midlife crisis. Her partner, Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), obsesses over an American rock star Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When she writes a negative review of Crowe’s latest album, he reaches out to Annie and the two begin an internet relationship. Soon after, he comes to London and the two meet in person, much to the disappointment of Duncan.
The film is directed by Jesse Peretz, best known for directing 15 episodes of “Girls.” Peretz also directed the feature film “Our Idiot Brother” in 2011. Hornby didn’t dive in to tackle his own screenplay, but the material looks to translate well. There are not many mid-tier romantic comedies in the marketplace. Maybe an end of summer run could really help this film do well at the box office.
Ethan Hawke and Rose Byrne have both been excellent in making these kinds of films over the years. While the film was not received well at Sundance Film Festival, it still obtained distribution from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. The film will be getting a late summer release, with a limited run beginning on August 17th before expanding wide on August 31st.