Since turning out one of the biggest movies ever made with The Avengers, Joss Whedon has taken a break from that massive scale and put out a couple of smaller movies for balance. First was a fantastic version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing that he shot in his own home with a cast full of his own celebrity friends. You can do that sort of thing when you’re Joss Whedon. His latest, In Your Eyes—which he wrote and executive produced, but Won’t Back Down’s Brin Hill directs—premieres this Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and while we haven’t seen much, now you can check out the first three minutes.
From the look of this video, which first appeared at Entertainment Weekly, Whedon has put his own unique spin on what could otherwise be a pretty standard love story. Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) share a psychic connection. As you can tell from the first three minutes, they have shared this bond since early childhood. When they grow up their lives go in very different directions. Living in Connecticut, she becomes a mild-mannered doctor’s wife. He, on the other hand, lives in New Mexico, where, an ex-con, he tries to get his life together with his girlfriend played by Nikki Reed. Even across, time, distance, wide social gaps, and the fact that they’re complete strangers, the two remain connected. You can bet that’s going to come into play eventually, and even though it’s unclear how they’ll come together, they probably won’t stay strangers for too long.
This clip doesn’t say much, but even with this minimalist approach, the video does a nice job laying out this basic premise. And while this may seem, on the surface, like a strange departure for Whedon—perhaps he want to break into the melodrama market currently ruled by Nicolas Sparks adaptations—the man is no stranger to a doomed romance, which he’s proven in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and more.
There’s no word on when In Your Eyes might hit theaters, but it will probably open gradually across the country over the course of the summer. We should take bets on when the Peter Gabriel song plays.