After two “Peter Rabbit” movies, Will Gluck looks to get back to his rom-com roots. And he has two of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars to lead his next project. Deadline reports that Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell are on board for Gluck’s new feature, an R-rated comedy much like his 2011 film, “Friends With Benefits.”
No news on the project’s title or plot details yet, but Gluck rewrites Ilana Wolpert‘s original idea for the film’s script. Wolpert’s recent writing credits include all ten episodes of “High School Music: The Series.” Gluck also produces the project with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum through his Olive Bridge Entertainment banner. Gluck signed onto the project through part of his first-look deal with Sony.
Sweeney is also on board as an executive producer through Fifty-Fifty Films. Sony got on board the project after the actress figured out her shooting schedule for the next season of the hit HBO series “Euphoria.” Natalie Sellers and Alyssa Altman also co-executive produce through RK Films.
Sweeney and Powell are two of Hollywood’s in-demand talents after their hot 2022s. After season 2 of “Euphoria” finished premiering last winter, Sweeney racked up a slew of promising upcoming projects, including the Sony/Marvel movie “Madame Web.” Other upcoming film roles for Sweeney include “The Registration,” the lead role in a “Barbarella” remake, and “National Anthem.” She stars next in “Reality,” about whistleblower Reality Winner, which has a debut at the Berlinale next month.
As for Powell, he nearly stole the spotlight from Tom Cruise as pilot Hangman in last year’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” one of 2022’s biggest films. He also starred in “Devotion,” another fighter pilot film, alongside Jonathan Majors. Up next, he has the sci-fi actioner “Deputy X” over at Universal, and the buddy comedy “Foreign Relations” with Nick Jonas.
Gluck returns to the rom-com genre after a few years of making family films with 2018’s “Peter Rabbit” and its 2021 sequel, “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.” But he as a ton of other projects in development, too. There’s “End Of The World,” an action comedy he’s writing with Chris Bremner that he’ll also direct. Then there’s “Just Dance,” a Ubisoft project he’s writing with AC Bradley that he plans to helm, too. One more directorial project for Gluck: an adaptation of “Chamelone: Hollywood Con Queen” for Peacock. On top of that, Gluck also produces “Move On,” a sci-fi romance, and Disney‘s live-action adaptation of “The Aristocats.”
Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell headlining a Will Gluck rom-com sounds like a match made in heaven. Production on the project gets underway at the end of next month, so expect this film out in time for Valentine’s Day 2024.