Is Anne Hathaway’s New Rom-Com “The Idea of You” Based on Harry Styles Fanfic?

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The rom-com revival is in full swing in 2024, and honestly, we couldn’t be happier about it. With each new release, we remember why we fell in love with the genre in the first place. And now, Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine are ready to sweep us off our feet with “The Idea of You”. But here’s the kicker — fans think the film is based on Harry Styles fanfic.

Following in the footsteps of the blockbuster “After” franchise, which found its origins in a Wattpad series revolving around Styles, “The Idea of You” is the latest addition to the rom-com landscape. Based on Robinne Lee’s book of the same name, this Amazon production promises to deliver the swoon-worthy romance we’ve been craving.

Nicholas Galitzine is no stranger to the fanfiction-to-film phenomenon — he’s previously starred in Amazon’s adaptation of “Red White & Royal Blue”. Now, he’s set to captivate audiences once again. “The Idea of You” has already secured a dedicated online fanbase, and anticipation for the upcoming film is sky-high.

Below, find out everything you need to know about “The Idea of You”.

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“The Idea of You” Plot

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“The Idea of You” is about to take you on a wild ride through the world of romance, music, and the complexities of modern love.

Meet Solène, played by the incomparable Anne Hathaway. In the film, she’s a 40-year-old single mother who’s trying to navigate the ups and downs of life after her husband leaves her for a younger woman.

But Solène’s story takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself at Coachella with her daughter, soaking in the sights and sounds of the iconic music festival. It’s here that she crosses paths with Hayes Campbell, the enigmatic 24-year-old lead singer of boyband August Moon. And let us tell you, sparks fly from the moment they lock eyes.

A whirlwind romance ensues, thrilling and forbidden. Solène and Hayes embark on a clandestine affair, grappling with the realities of their vastly different lives and the pressures that threaten to tear them apart.

Is “The Idea of You” Based on Harry Styles?

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Now, here’s where things get interesting. August Moon isn’t just any boyband — they’re a clear homage to boyband One Direction, and Hayes Campbell. Right? Well, let’s just say he exudes that brooding, mysterious vibe reminiscent of a certain curly-haired heartthrob we all know and love.

And if you think the parallels to real life stop there, think again. Eagle-eyed Directioners have been dissecting every detail of the fictional group, drawing uncanny similarities to their idols — from costumes to stage gestures, no stone is left unturned.

But before you start concluding Solène and Hayes’ romance mirroring real-life celebrity relationships, author Robinne Lee sets the record straight. The book’s inception predates any Hollywood gossip, even if it’s hard to deny the allure of those charming British heartthrobs.

In fact, Lee has even confessed that the story is partly inspired by none other than Prince Harry himself — because who can resist a bit of British charm, right?

“The Idea of You” Cast

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While Harry Styles won’t be gracing the screen in this film, it still has a star-studded lineup.

Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine take the lead as Solène and Hayes in this rom-com. And they’re not alone – Reid Scott from “Veep” and Ella Rubin from “Masters of the Air” round out the talented cast.

For Galitzine, this film is just the icing on the cake of an already stellar year. After his standout performance in Prime Video’s “Red White & Royal Blue”, where he stole hearts left and right, he’s solidified his status as the next big thing. Plus, he’s also made us laugh in the comedy “Bottoms”, alongside Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edeberi.

“The Idea of You” Trailer

“The Idea of You” Release Date

This rom-com will first have its world premiere at SXSW Festival on March 16th as the closing night film. Then, it will launch globally on Prime Video on May 2.

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