The Book of Love is long and boring, according to Peter Gabriel, but it happens to be the new title for Bill Purple’s upcoming adventure drama starring Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones.
Originally called The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Purple’s original pic – one written by Robbie Pickering – enjoyed its worldwide debut at Tribeca back in April, and is now teetering on the verge of theatrical release. And so, to drum up excitement, Entertainment Tonight has today lifted the lid on the rousing first trailer for The Book of Love (see below), and in it we see Williams’ runaway teen Millie set sail with the help of reticent architect Henry (Jason Sudeikis). Fostering an unlikely friendship between the two, Purple’s feature film debut takes place soon after Henry loses his pregnant wife (Jessica Biel) and though that may be a premise that could so easily dissolve into soppy melodrama, there’s a real sense of chemistry on display between Williams and Sudeikis in today’s first peek. Plus, The Book of Love will no doubt provide a decent platform for Maisie Williams as she continues to spread her wings beyond the realm of Westeros.
The Book of Love, also starring Mary Steenburgen, Orlando Jones, and Paul Reiser, has been pegged for release on January 13, 2017. You’ll be able to get a better grasp of Pickering’s heartfelt story via the first trailer and poster, below.
After the accidental death of his free-spirited pregnant wife, Penny (a luminous Jessica Biel), reserved architect Henry (Jason Sudeikis) struggles to find meaning in his life and in the work that once consumed him. As he continues to work on the house he and Penny were building together, Henry is drawn to a mysterious young runaway named Millie (Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams) whom Penny had often talked about helping. Though Millie mistrusts Henry at first, the two build a tentative friendship as she reveals her ambition to build a raft to sail away from her dark past and start anew. Taking on the father role he was meant to have, Henry neglects his job and other responsibilities to help Millie on her quest. As they work together, he comes to understand that she can help him to heal as much as he can help her.