Great news for Emma Watson fans! Deadline is reporting that the actress is teaming up again with her The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky for his next film While We’re Young. I’ve always admired Watson as an actress and The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite teen-oriented movies in a looooong time, so this is definitely news that piques my interest.
While We’re Young is based on the 201o novel “29” by Adena Halpern. The story is of the Freaky Friday variety and centers on 75-year-old Ellie Jerome who makes a birthday wish to be 29 again, just for a day. Naturally, it comes true. Okay, so another riff on the body swap-genre is making me a little less excited about the project, but I guess I’ll still hold out hope that this tired trope can be revived successfully. It could happen.
The proverbial search for youth’s fountain manifests itself in Ellie Jerome, a 75-year-old woman who has employed every available artifice to remain young. Identifying more with her stylish young granddaughter, Lucy, than with her abrasive middle-aged daughter, Barbara, Ellie’s 75th birthday wish is to be 29 again, for just one day. When her wish comes true, hilarious problems arise, as the young Ellie must create a new persona in order to enter and leave her apartment in a neighborhood where everyone knows the old Ellie. Choosing to let Lucy in on her secret, Ellie persuades her to be her guide on a youthful adventure in pursuit of stylish looks and a trendy life. While the dynamic duo romp through Ellie’s magical day, Ellie’s daughter and her dearest friend, Frida, a 75-year-old worry wart, having decided that Ellie was kidnapped, embark upon their own misguided adventure before the old (now wiser) Ellie returns at the end of her big day.
The script is being adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who are best known for writing (500) Days of Summer and this year’s indie hit The Spectacular Now. No word yet on when filming will start.
What do you think? Is this a movie you’d see or do you think you’ll pass?
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