Krysten Ritter, Ari Graynor, and Brian Geraghty to lead rom-com AUDREY HEPBURN’S NECK

Joshua Brunsting

January 19th, 2011

Sometimes, a film’s cast can launch a project from seemingly unknown, to one that you just can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of those times.

The Playlist is reporting that Krysten Ritter, Ari Graynor, and Brian Geraghty have joined the cast of the upcoming rom-com, AUDREY HEPBURN'S NECK. Awesome title aside, this project definitely sounds like a compelling venture.

The film will follow a young Japanese man “who is obsessed with slender American women, and his gay American friend, who has affairs with a series of Japanese men.” Alan Brown will helm the film, as well as wrote the screenplay, which itself is based off of his very first published novel.

Set to shoot in Tokyo in April, the cast should be filling out relatively fast, but at this point, it’s a massively compelling film.  I’m a huge fan of both Graynor and Geraghty, and Ritter is definitely a name that I’m interested in seeing more of. All three have proven themselves to be great actors, so with an interesting sounding premise, this should be quite the fun romantic comedy. Don’t get to say those words too often either.

Here’s the novel’s official synopsis:

Writing with the assurance of a born novelist, Brown has produced a witty, touching coming-of-age story that is a keenly observed, diverting depiction of Japanese-American culture clash. Ever since his ninth birthday, when he saw his first Audrey Hepburn film, narrator Toshi Okamoto has fantasized about foreign women. When Toshi, now a young commercial artist in Tokyo, is seduced by Jane, his teacher at the Very Romantic English Academy, he finds the aggressively sexy, self-dramatizing American woman confusing, without realizing that she is psychotic. Not only Americans are unknowable, however; so are Toshi’s parents. It was difficult growing up in the small northern town of Hokkaido after his mother left his father, to move not far away across the peninsula, and Toshi has always felt socially uncomfortable and embarrassed because of his parents’ estrangement. Theirs had been a household ruled by silence, and one of the secrets Toshi unlocks in the course of this narrative is the reason for his family’s sadness and isolation. Meanwhile, however, he undergoes a series of adventures with other Americans: his gay friend, Paul, and the composer Lucy, both of whom teach him some essential truths. These events take place against a backdrop of daily events in postwar Japan, from the 1960s to the 1980s, a society that is changing almost as fast as Toshi’s perceptions of life. The Emperor is dying; women are auditioning to become the wife of the Crown Prince; anti-American riots are sweeping the country. Brown tells his tale in spare but vigorous prose, energized by dazzling visual images and haunting metaphors. The reader is caught up in Toshi’s fear, excitement and frustration as he encounters strange and amazing Western concepts, and as his notion of himself changes.

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