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Meg Ryan makes a return to rom-com with ‘What Happens Later’

Bleecker Street debuted the first trailer for the romantic-comedy What Happens Later, featuring Meg Ryan and David Duchovny. Ryan co-wrote and directed What Happens Later, her first film since directing and starring in the 2015 movie Ithaca.

What Happens Later is based on Steven Dietz’s play ‘Shooting Star.’  In the film, Willa (Ryan) and Bill (Duchovny) are a former couple who unexpectedly reunite after getting snowed in at a regional airport overnight.  An official synopsis reads: “Indefinitely delayed, Willa, a magical thinker, and Bill, a catastrophic one, find themselves just as attracted to and annoyed by one another as they did decades earlier. But as they unpack the riddle of their mutual past and compare their lives to the dreams they once shared, they begin to wonder if their reunion is mere coincidence, or something more enchanted.”

What Happens Later was made to recapture the “cheeky magic of Ryan’s rom-coms of the 90s,” according to the synopsis. Ryan told Entertainment Weekly that rom-coms “really work when the two characters are somehow opposites and yet have a rhythm of intellect and humor and dialogue and banter that sort of indicates their compatibility,” and added: “it’s just been really fun to see David embrace this guy who I don’t think is anything really like David. Whereas the Willa thing I can really relate to. To see him dive into every single scene in the fullest way, he’s funny, and he’s smart, and he’s dear, and irresistible.”

What Happens Later is in theaters Oct. 13.  Take a look at the trailer – here.

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