Having written some of the best-known movies in the rom-com genre, with titles like Four Weddings and Notting Hill to his name, Curtis finally made his directorial debut in 2004 with Love Actually. He followed it up in 2009 with the hilarious The Boat That Rocked, and About Time will mark just his third time in the director’s chair.
Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson are front and centre for him this time around, and as it’s been a while since the latest trailer surfaced back in the spring, Universal have released a new (slightly NSFW) trailer and image, via MSN, for the anticipated sci-fi/rom-com.
At the age of 21, Tim is told an incredible family secret by his father: all the men in his family have the ability to relive their past. He can revisit any moment in his life to try things differently until he gets them perfectly right.
He decides to use his special new gift to win the heart of the beautiful Mary, but finds that the course of true love can be hilariously difficult — even with the ability to try, try and try again. And even when everything seems to be going well, an unfortunate twist in time means that he never met Mary at all… While his unique gift might just help him find true love, Tim discovers that it can’t save him from the ups and downs that life brings to everyone. In the end, he finds that making the most of love and life will mean giving up the past and living for the moment.
Bill Nighy returns to work with Curtis once more, with Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, and Lindsay Duncan completing the cast nicely.
Curtis is again directing from his own script, with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner producing.
The film had its unofficial world premiere at a secret screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last month, and will be having its ‘official’ world debut at the Film4 Summer Screen early next month.
About Time will be released in the UK on 4th September, two days earlier than expected. It will then head across the Atlantic to begin an early limited release on November 1st, before opening wide in the US on November 8th. In the meantime, here’s the latest trailer, and a final reminder that it might be best to watch this one from home. Enjoy.