Netflix has been really ramping up its romantic-comedy production over the last couple of years, with hits like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Set It Up. Now, there’s a new film headed to the streaming service, and the trailer just dropped. Here’s what you need to know about Someone Great.
What is the movie about?
While most romantic comedies follow a formula in which the main character(s) fall in love, Someone Great is a bit different. Instead, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) breaks up with her long-term boyfriend when she gets a new job across the country. The movie focuses on her working to mend her heartbreak with the help of her two best friends before she leaves behind New York City and the life she built there.
Gina Rodriguez stars alongside some familiar faces
As Jane the Virgin winds down, Rodriguez has been trying out a lot of new things with her turns in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation, action flick Miss Bala, and voicing the lead character in the Netflix animated series Carmen Sandiego. Though the plot of Something Great revolves around her character, she has a great team of accomplished actors on-screen with her.
Brittany Snow plays Jenny’s friend Blair, who is stuck in an unhappy relationship. Snow has been a staple in Hollywood for years, starring in the Pitch Perfect trilogy and movies like Hairspray and John Tucker Must Die. Her breakout role was as Meg Pryor in the early ‘00s series American Dreams.
You’ll most likely recognize DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling in the TV series She’s Gotta Have It, based on the Spike Lee film of the same name. She also starred in the Fox miniseries Shots Fired and on the WGN series Underground.
Finally, Jenny’s ex needs no introduction: He’s portrayed by Lakeith Stanfield, who has appeared in many hit films and TV series over the past few years. You may know him from movies like Dope, Straight Outta Compton, Sorry to Bother You, and Get Out. Stanfield also portrays Darius on the Emmy-winning series Atlanta.
Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is also responsible for this show
Someone Great was first teased by its writer and director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson in 2018. Though her list of credits is short, Robinson is responsible for arguably one of the most important shows of 2017: Sweet/Vicious.
The series, about a pair of young women who team up to act as vigilantes in response to the many sex crimes on their college campus, aired for just one season on MTV. It’s cancelation just months before the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the eruption of the Me Too movement proves that it was both extremely necessary and ahead of its time.
When can you watch Someone Great?
The film will be released exclusively on Netflix on April 19, 2019. Get ready for what appears to be a unique take on the romantic comedy genre with a star-studded cast and a message that will resonate with young adults everywhere.