We heard at the start of the year’s that Richard Curtis, director of Love Actually, would be stepping behind the camera for the third time this year (after 2009’s The Boat That Rocked), for a low-budget time-travel dramedy, About Time, directing from his own script.

It looks like the project is developing rather nicely, with Variety now reporting that Zooey Deschanel and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson are in talks to star in Curtis’ latest project.

“Gleeson has an offer to play Tim, a young man who comes from a family of time-travelers. When Tim learns of his unique gift from his father, he uses his newfound abilities to change situations for the better. Deschanel is making a deal to play his love interest, Mary.”

Deschanel has of course been deservedly rising for some time now, after her terrific breakout performances in Yes Man and particularly (500) Days of Summer. And as proof of her established success and positive influence, she even received a birthday card from President Obama earlier this year, thanking her for being such a good role model. Most recently, she’s earned herself a Golden Globe nomination for her performance leading New Girl, one of the most popular comedies on TV at the moment.

Domnhall Gleeson looks to be on his way up, having starred in both of the final Harry Potter instalments as Bill Weasley, and will be appearing in Dredd and Anna Karenina later this year.

Curtis has proven with his first two directing credits that he knows how to make a brilliant film, and entering the world of sci-fi dramedy sounds like an intriguing move that I’m definitely looking forward to, even more so if Deschanel and Gleeson do come on board. Here’s to hoping that we’ll have some great concrete news to bring you soon.