The line between friendship and something more can sometimes be a little bit blurry, a problem that Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) obviously know all too well, as seen in the just-released trailer for the upcoming film adaptation, Love, Rosie.
The movie is based off the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End, written by Irish author Cecelia Ahern, the bestselling author of P.S. I Love You (also adapted to film in 2007.) It follows two lifelong best friends who grow up together in Dublin and manage to maintain their close relationship for years until life gets in the way and separates them. Throughout their teenage years, Rosie and Alex seem to flirt with the idea of turning their friendship romantic, with Alex even expressing jealousy after another guy asks Rosie to a dance. But before they really get a chance to ever cross that line, everything suddenly changes. Rosie gets pregnant after a weird condom, err, mishap. Meanwhile, Alex is forced to move overseas to America with his family, where he eventually gets engaged to another woman, much to Rosie’s despair.
This isn’t Collin’s first time as a leading lady. After nabbing a small role in 2009’s The Blind Side, the famous daughter of singer Phil Collins has gone on to star in several other films, taking a lead role alongside Julia Roberts in the 2012 fairy tale flick Mirror Mirror, playing a young author in 2012’s Stuck In Love, and then playing Clary Fray in another (not so well-received) film adaptation of the popular YA series The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Claflin has also been making a name for himself, most recently nabbing the coveted role of Finnick Odair in the most recent (and future) installments of The Hunger Games franchise. He was also featured in 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman and in this year’s horror flick The Quiet Ones.
Love, Rosie began filming in Toronto in May of last year before eventually moving to Dublin. The new trailer was released just after the studio also unveiled their promotional poster for the film, featuring Claflin and Collins looking in love in a classic rom-com pose.
Despite the cheesy poster, viewers may not want to discount the film just yet. The plot line’s theme of exploring the gray area between friendship and romance may not exactly be new or original, but it sure a relatable one and the upcoming British-American romance drama film will likely appeal not only to readers of the book, but to anyone with a soft spot for a sweet love story.
Not to mention if the success of the novel is any indication, the movie is sure to have no problem finding an audience. Where Rainbows End, which is written entirely in the form of letters, emails, and instant messages, reached number one in both Ireland and the UK and went on to become an international bestseller. The film adaptation, written by Juliette Towhidi and directed by Christian Ditter, is set to be released in October 2014.