Plot, cast, release date and everything we know
Science fiction romcoms are rare things. One of the few examples is the much underrated time travel film Happy Accidents (2000), Scott pilgrim vs the world (2010) and – if you really want to get straight to the point – Groundhog Day, which celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year. That’s a shame. If ever there were two genres that strove to be merged, it’s sci-fi and romantic comedy. After all, what could be more romantic than experiencing the usual mix of comical misunderstandings and embarrassing situations set against the backdrop of interstellar battles or dimension leaps?
So it’s good news that a new addition to the genre is about to hit the big screen. British film timestalker Filming began last year and features a wonderful array of comedic acting talent and an intriguing storyline brimming with romantic and comic possibilities. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming film.
timestalker is not a time travel film per se, but uses the motif of reincarnation to jump from one time period to another. Few details have been released about the plot, but the main character is Agnes, who is doomed to death and reincarnation every time she falls in love with the “wrong” man. Expect visits to Jacobite-era Scotland, Georgian England, 1980s Manhattan — and a post-apocalyptic near future.
timestalker is the brainchild of Alice Lowe, who also stars and directs. Lowe’s genuine reliance on British comedy is extensive; She first rose to prominence in 2004 when she starred as Liz on the offbeat sitcom Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Set in a medical facility, the show managed to spread badly done, melodramatic 1980s hospital soap operas twin peaks-like supernatural dramas and pompous retrospective documentaries themed “How We Did It” at the same time.
Although the series only ran for a single season and garnered modest ratings at best, the show catapulted its four young white-coated leads to celebrity status. Richard Ayoade quickly starred in several hits comedy like The It Crowd and build a second career as a successful film director while starring Matt Berry Toast to London and is in high demand both as a musician and as a voice actor (genre fans will be familiar with his work as a voice actor). disappointment, What we do in the shadowsand most recently in Boba Fett’s book).
Lowe, too, kept going from strength to strength after her big break. A regular on British comedy and sketch shows, this has been followed by appearances in high profile dramas such as: sherlock And Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
In 2016, Lowe made her directorial debut with Impede, a comedy slasher film in which she plays a heavily pregnant woman who is convinced her unborn child is ordering her to assassinate her. The offbeat, low-budget feature film was filmed in Wales when Lowe herself was pregnant was a critical successpave the way for timestalker.
Lowe has assembled an impressive cast for her latest project. Starring alongside her is Jacob Anderson, best known to fantasy audiences as “Grey Worm.” game of Thrones and for science fiction fans as Vinder in Doctor Who. But comedy fans will also recognize Nick Frost (hot fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), who, like Lowe, got his break in sitcoms on Britain’s Channel 4 television network, in which he starred alongside Simon Pegg The cult hit Distanceand Tanya Reynolds, best known for her roles on Netflix sex education and HBO’s The baby.
Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard also stars. Barnard’s resume includes high-profile appearances in Peaky Blindersas well as supporting roles in films such as Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk (2017), Armando Iannuccis The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) and Marie Curie biography radioactive (2019). Other Peaky Blinders Veteran Scottish actress Kate Dickie will also appear.
Dickie has also appeared in game of Thrones, Prometheus, The Green Knightand most recently in the second season of Disney+’s Marvel TV series Lokiwhich is due to fall later this year.
Timestalker: release date
As Netflix’s acquisition of the new Welsh-language drama Dal Y Mellt clearly shows that the Welsh television and film industry is having a moment.
timestalker is another example of the poor health of the industry in the Celtic nation at the moment. As with Lowe’s directorial debut timestalker is produced by Welsh film company Western Edge Pictures; The Popcorn Group is co-producing and the film is being supported in part by Welsh film development agency Ffilm Cymru Wales.
Principal photography began in Wales last fall, with Vaughan Sivell as producer. No UK release date for timestalker was yet to be announced, but it is believed that Western Edge is aiming for a later 2023 release.