As far back as 2010, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, above) talked about his desire to make a full-fledged, original musical. In 2016, he was touted to direct a film version of the popular stage musical Miss Saigon, though that didn’t work out.
Last month came word that he was teaming with writer Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) to make a music-themed comedy, reportedly set in the 1960s or 1970s. Now we hear that the film is moving full steam ahead and has secured a theatrical release date.
It’s still not titled, but Variety reports that the movie will open in theaters on September 13, 2019, via Universal Studios. Boyle plans to start shooting the film by early summer. The cast is also shaping up nicely; Lily James, Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon are on board to star in the project.
James already has a music-themed movie under her belt; she stars as the younger version of Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which is due out in theaters on July 20. The actress first gained attention for her cheerful supporting role on TV’s Downton Abbey and then won the lead role in Disney’s Cinderella. She followed that with notable performances in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Exception, Baby Driver and Darkest Hour.
Patel is a nine-year veteran of the British TV series EastEnders, along with several recent roles in television and on the stage. McKinnon has performed musical numbers on TV’s Saturday Night Live for years, so we suspect she could easily handle any music-themed requirements her role in the upcoming comedy require. This summer she’ll be seen in The Spy Who Dumped Me alongside Mila Kunis; that opens on August 3.
As a director, Boyle is known for his versatility, going all the way back to his feature debut, the dark crime drama Shallow Grave, which he followed with the rowdy Trainspotting and the weirdly romantic fantasy A Life Less Ordinary. Most recently he made the experimental drama Steve Jobs, the quite enjoyable sequel T2 Trainspotting and the FX series Trust, so the idea of him making a music-themed comedy sounds quite wonderful and unpredictable.