'What If' Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan Fall in Like (Video)

6:51 PM PST 05/29/2014 by Ryan Gajewski

Adam Driver co-stars in the rom-com about a guy and girl who try to keep things platonic.

Is there anything better than having sex, followed by eating nachos? Not according to a character in What If, an upcoming rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks).

In the film's first trailer, Wallace (Radcliffe) is introduced to Chantry (Kazan) at a party by mutual friend Allan, played by Adam Driver (Girls). Wallace is instantly smitten with Chantry, and he is crestfallen when she mentions at the end of the night that she's in a relationship.

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In the wake of Chantry's boyfriend bombshell, the pair decides to become friends -- without benefits. "Is this always how you make friends, like it's a business deal?" Wallace asks Chantry as they awkwardly shake hands. 

Things get complicated when Wallace meets Chantry's boyfriend and inadvertently pushes him out a second-story window. Later, Chantry informs Wallace that she's moving to Taiwan for work. Perhaps a certain rom-com staple -- the third-act dash to the airport -- just might be in order.

The film is directed by Michael Dowse (Goon) from a Black List script by Elan Mastai. It is based on a play by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi. The project was filmed in Canada and released there under the name The F Word, where it won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture. 

For Radcliffe, this marks his first cinematic foray into comedy, while he continues to branch out from the immensely successful Harry Potter franchise. Meanwhile, Driver is currently having a moment, as he will soon appear in the family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You and is filming a role in the new Star Wars film. 

What If screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. CBS Films releases the film on August 1. 

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