Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan to Lead Romantic Comedy 'The F Word'
Get your minds out of the gutter, people. The F Word probably isn't the word you're thinking of. It actually refers to "friend," as in "friend zone." Variety reports that erstwhile Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe and indie up-and-comer Zoe Kazan are set to star in the film, which follows a guy who thinks he has a romantic connection with a girl only to discover that she already has a boyfriend. This is the second project for Radcliffe announced in as many weeks, as he's also taking the lead in the adaptation of Joe Hill's Horns, while Kazan wrote and stars in the indie romance Ruby Sparks, which heads to limited theaters next week.
I dig the occasional romantic comedy, and The F Word sounds like it has the makings of a pretty great one. Most films are only as good as their scripts, and since this one is sticking with a simple story instead of trying to go high concept with it, it has a much better chance of connecting emotionally with its audience. Plus, the subject matter is pretty universal; male or female, I'm guessing everyone has been relegated to the friend zone before at one time or another. Radcliffe continues to choose interesting post-Potter projects, and I'm really interested to see if Kazan will become the next Zooey Deschanel or Felicity Jones and really start to blow up on the indie scene.
The F Word is directed by Goon filmmaker Michael Dowse with a script by Elan Mastai that was on the Black List way back in 2008. As weird as it may sound that the guy who most recently directed a hockey comedy is now switching to a romantic comedy, I think the love story was one of the few elements that actually worked really well in Goon, so we'll see if Dowse can recreate that magic with Radcliffe and Kazan.