Anne Hathaway on why she took the role in The Idea of You

anne hathaway on why she took the role in the idea of you
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There are a lot of movies to look forward to this year. Wicked, Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, Joker: Folie à Deux, shall we go on? But, one movie we're particularly excited for is Prime Video's The Idea of You.

Starring Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine, The Idea of You tells the story of a single mum, who ends up in a relationship with the lead singer of the world's biggest boyband, after meeting him at Coachella. Sounds like a dream, right?

Based on the novel by Robinne Lee of the same name, here's everything you need to know about The Idea of You, from the cast to trailer, plus its rumoured inspiration from Harry Styles Styles, this is

What is the plot of The Idea of You?

The Idea of You tells the story of a 40-year-old single mum, Sophie, who takes her 16-year-old daughter to Coachella at the request of her ex-husband.

At the festival, things take a rather interesting turn when the lead singer of famous boyband August Moon, Hayes Campbell, takes an interest in Sophie and the pair begin a romantic relationship.

In the original novel, Sophie is actually called Solène and the official synopsis of the novel says, "What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate and genuine relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways in Paris and Miami.

"For Solène, it is a reclaiming of self, as well as a rediscovery of happiness and love. When Solène and Hayes’ romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her romantic life has impacted the lives of those she cares about most."

Who is in the cast of The Idea of You?

Anne Hathaway from Devil Wears Prada and Les Miserables stars in the lead role of Sophie, with the role of Hayes Campbell being played by Nicholas Galitizine.

You'll most likely recognise Nicholas from his role as Prince Henry in Prime Video's Red, White and Royal Blue. Plus, Ella Rubin will be taking on the role of Sophie's teenage daughter.

What have the cast said about The Idea of You?

Speaking at the film's world premiere at SXSW on 16th March 2024, Anne shared why she decided to take on the role, explaining she felt like the film illustrated a woman 'finding her' in later life, which mirrored her own life.

"For some reason, we talk about coming-of-age stories as being something that happens to you in the earliest part of your life, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I keep blooming," the actor said (via Variety.) "I don’t want to be pigeonholed and don’t want to be placed in a box of what type of films I have to be making because of my age, gender, and because I won an Oscar. I want to have fun, dammit. It speaks to me."

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Is Harry Styles the inspiration for The Idea of You?

Since the release of Robinne Lee's novel, there has been a lot of speculation the character of Hayes Campbell is based on Harry Styles.

However, in an interview with Vogue, Lee has corrected this narrative and said while a video she saw of Harry did spark the initial idea for the novel, the book was never supposed to be about Harry.

Instead, Lee explained the novel is, "supposed to be a story about a woman approaching 40 and reclaiming her sexuality… at the point that society traditionally writes them off.”

But, in a recent interview, Nicholas revealed that Harry did serve as some inspiration for the film. "We tried to create a character that felt, you know, a kin to Harry in a sense that he’s a younger man dating older women," he told Buzzfeed UK.

"It was important to create someone who felt new and original and not a shoddy impersonation of this person," he added. Plus, when our first look at the film's fictional boyband, August Moon, dropped, fans went wild.

Nicolas Galitzine, Jaiden Anthony, Raymond Cham Jr, Vik White and Dakota Adan make up the One Direction-esque boyband and while we know Nicholas' character isn't exactly like Harry, we can't help but see the similarities!

When was The Idea of You filmed?

The adaptation of The Idea of You has been in the works for a number of years, however the filming for the movie did not begin until October 2022, with Michael Showalter directing the movie and Jennifer Westfeldt penning the screenplay.

Is there a trailer for The Idea of You?

Yes we're in luck! The first trailer for the film dropped on 6 March, with Hathaway and Galitizine in action as Sophie and Hayes.

Watch the full trailer here:

What is the release date of The Idea of You?

Right now all we know so far in terms of release date is that The Idea of You will be arriving on Prime Video on the 2nd May 2024. Not long to go!


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