It’s always necessary to work for the things you really want. That goes for all facets of life, including love. Truth be told, not everyone is the modern incarnation of Don Juan or Casanova, though. If only there were something to allay the trepidation of asking out a special someone. The answer might be thyme. Hey, it worked for the most chivalrous of folks. Women presented knights with gifts made from the herb to instill courage. And it might do the trick for a shy Irish farmer in “Wild Mountain Thyme.”
The man responsible for this project is writer and director John Patrick Shanley. His Tony-nominated play “Outside Mullingar” serves as the source material. Additionally, Shanley won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Moonstruck,” He adapted his play “Doubt: A Parable”—winner of a Tony and Pulitzer Prize—for the big screen. One of Shanley’s collaborators on the film is cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, decorated in his own right. There’s little doubt the two-time Oscar nominee photographed the picturesque Emerald Isle in all its glory.
Emily Blunt stars as Rosemary Muldoon, and Jamie Dornan is the object of her affection and the shy farmer in question, Anthony Reilly. BTW, those interested in seeing Simon & Garfunkel’s quartet from “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” come full circle will be disappointed. Sorry parsley and sage! Anyway, additional cast members include Jon Hamm and the great Christopher Walken. Dearbhla Molloy is the sole actor from Shanley’s original play, who reprises her adaptation role.
Here’s the synopsis:
The headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving, and wildly romantic tale.
“Wild Mountain Thyme”—distributed by Bleecker Street—will be released on December 11th. Check out the trailer below and watch the love grow.