The 'Four Weddings' and 'Notting Hill' star will play Keith Michaels, a man who was once on top of the world - a Golden Globe Award and a hit movie to his name, a beautiful wife and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wit and charm.
But that was fifteen years ago. Now, he’s divorced, broke, approaching fifty and hasn’t written a hit film in years.
Luckily, his agent has a job for him – a university in the quiet town of Binghamton is looking for someone to teach a course in screenwriting, and with an empty wallet as his motivation, Keith can’t say no.
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Hoping to give minimal attention to his duties and focus on writing a new script, his attitude slowly begins to turn when he meets Holly (Marisa Tomei), a single mum working two jobs to earn her degree.
The pair find themselves connected by their mutual need for a second chance.
Hugh Grant has only made a handful of films in the past decade, during which time he's become a father twice and perfected his golf.
But if anyone can pull off this kind of loveable, bumbling, well-meaning Englishman, it's him. It's the kind of role he made his own, with hits 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Notting Hill' and the 'Bridget Jones' films making him one of the country's most successful actors. To those critics who accuse him of having a limited range, Hugh Grant has always said, "It's more difficult than it looks."
And certainly, no one else has come close to weaving the same kind of spell over rom-com cinema-goers in the past decade, or filling his unique space. So his return date to the screen is long overdue.
'The Rewrite' is in UK cinemas from 8 October. Watch the trailer above.