Is two movies enough of a sample set to jump to the conclusion that Rachel McAdams has a soft spot for dreamy time travel movies? Because I think she does. First came The Time Traveler’s Wife—the title is pretty self explanatory—and now she’s up for a role in About Time, a romantic time travel comedy from British director Richard Curtis. It just seems to me like maybe the 33-year-old actress has a thing.
About Time is “a fantastical feel-good movie about a man and his ability to travel back in time. He eventually meets the girl of his dreams.” McAdams will play said dream girl, a part that New Girl Zooey Deschanel was once attached to. I guess if you’re going to watch a rom com, you might as well watch one where the characters jump around through time.
The cast features Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, and Vanessa Kirby. Domhnall Gleeson, son of The Guard actor Brendan Gleeson, is on board to play the male lead. Domnhall played the elder Weasley brother in both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and will appear in Dredd, Pete Travis’ Judge Dredd reboot.
Curtis wrote the script and will direct. His writing credits include films like Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Bridget Jones’ Diary, and he both wrote and directed Love Actually and Pirate Radio. This is his first directorial foray into the time travel genre, though he did write for legendary British sitcom Blackadder, which, season by season, leaps from one historical epoch to another. So the subject matter isn’t completely outside of his wheelhouse.