Richard Gere and Diane Keaton star as married filmmakers who casting Lin-Manuel Miranda and Blake Lively as their younger selves for their latest feature in an upcoming rom-com.
But as so often happens, life begins to imitate art in The Making Of as their marriage starts to break down. Miranda and Lively want a film planted in reality and truth, but Gere and Keaton are looking for their next box office hit, with the clash probably forcing them to face some uncomfortable realities. In Miranda’s words from his hit musical Hamilton, will any of them ever be satisfied?
Okay, so Lin-Manuel unfortunately probably won’t be breaking out in song during The Making Of (we can dream!), but it will be interesting to see him in perhaps a more ‘serious’ film role after 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns. His cinematic career is certainly flying as high as Michael Banks’ kite, and his musical connections are sure to draw audiences in.
Meanwhile, the respective filmographies of Richard Gere and Diane Keaton make them pretty much perfect fits for their roles. From Gere in 1990’s Pretty Woman to Keaton in 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give, they’re well-versed in the rom-com genre compared to the more surprising casting of Miranda.
Blake Lively’s career has been more of a mixed bag, working in romance films like The Age of Adaline and Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants as well as the dark comedy thriller A Simple Favour and the even more thrilling film The Shallows. And whilst I can’t say I see sharks swimming by in The Making Of, her diverse career means this meta role might just be one of her best yet.
Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are collaborating again for The Making Of, and whilst no director has been announced just yet, many are assuming Zwick will take on the role, as he normally does.
It might be one of the most bizarre cast lists for a rom-com we’ve seen yet, but it’ll undoubtedly make for a fun watch. All I ask is that they call the bloopers reel ‘The making of The Making Of“, please.
Words by Harriet Metcalfe
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