Preview by: Jack Foley
WITH this years Wimbledon tennis championships in full
swing, and Hen-mania gripping an expectant nature once more, what
better time than to anticipate a new romantic comedy on the theme
of the world-famous tennis tournament?
Wimbledon marks the latest collaboration between United International
Pictures, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films, and will
be serving its love match for the first time, on Friday, September
The film tells the story of Peter (Paul Bettany), a British man
struggling at an embarrassingly low position on the tennis ranking
He is given a wild card for Wimbledon which is to be his final
bow, but then falls in love with a young, hot-shot American tennis
star, Lizzie, (Kirsten Dunst), and finds his on court prowess,
skills and a little luck - catapult him from round to round,
bringing him closer to his dream of winning the mens singles
The film co-stars Sam Neill, as the father of Kirsten Dunst's
character, Jon Favreau, as a slimy sports agent, and former player-turned-pundit,
John McEnroe, as himself.
The production was granted unprecedented access by The All England
Lawn Tennis Club during last years tournament, to film certain
scenes during The Championships last year.
Following the tournament, filming continued at Wimbledon, as
well as at Shepperton Studios and locations around London.
The romantic comedy is directed by Richard Loncraine, of Richard
III/The Gathering Storm fame, and produced by Tim Bevan and Eric
Fellner, as well as Mary Richards and David Livingstone. It is
based on a script by Adam Brooks (French Kiss).
A new trailer has also recently appeared online, which, according
to the guys at Empire Online, features a few good Bettany one-liners,
as well as lots of beautiful looking tennis courts, people and
Whether it will become this years Love
Actually at the Box Office, or whether Henman can create his
own Hollywood ending to the tournament this year, remains to be
seen, of course - but we will be keeping our fingers crossed on
NB: Working Title, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner,
is Europes leading film production company. Together, they
have made more than 70 films, grossing over two and a half billion
dollars world-wide, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Fargo,
Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Bridget
Joness Diary, Billy Elliot, About
A Boy, Johnny English
and the recent box office hit, Love Actually.