New York is about to play host to yet another love story, but this time it isn’t Woody Allen dreaming up a love letter to the Big Apple; instead, Rebecca Hall and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens have been cast in Permission, a romantic comedy written and directed by Brian Crano.
Production is already underway on the film, which set up shop at Brooklyn before the turn of the year. That would place Crano’s feature film on course for a release in late 2016, though a firm release date wasn’t disclosed at the time of writing.
In light of today’s announcement, Hall and Stevens join a starry ensemble that already includes Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, Morgan Spector, Bridget Everett, David Joseph Craig, Sarah Steele and Horrible Bosses and Angry Birds star Jason Sudeikis. Placed at the crux of the story, Permission sees Hall and Stevens play a lovestruck couple enjoying a seemingly perfect relationship – one which is “so functional, equitable and stable.”
But, for the sake of their longstanding future together, one friend suggests that they sleep with other people before committing to each other at the inevitable wedding. At the time, Anna (Hall) and Will (Stevens) dismiss the idea as a fleeting joke, though said friend has planted a seed, and Permission will explore both sides of their sexual experiment as “they venture out of the purely monogamous boundaries of their relationship and in so doing are forced to evolve and grow up.”
No word yet on a release date for Permission, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.