They’re both known for being masters of the romcom, but Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant are about to join forces for what will probably be the Avengers: Endgame of the genre.
The two stars have largely stepped away from the romcom world in recent years, but that looks set to change.
In an interview to promote Guy Ritchie’s new crime thriller The Gentlemen, McConaughey tells Yahoo Movies UK that he and Grant are working on a romcom project.
McConaughey says: “[Hugh] was king of romcoms for years and then I got the baton and quite enjoyed it.
“Now, we've got an idea for another one... the next romcom, to finally do something together.
“Because we didn't do anything together in this film. We don't have any scenes together.”
When asked for more details, the actor says “something’s brewing” with him and Grant and adds that The Gentlemen co-star Charlie Hunnam is writing the movie.
Hunnam has often spoken about his desire to move into writing and directing and has numerous film projects in development, including one about the life of Vlad the Impaler.
Grant has previously spoken of having become “too old and too ugly” to take on romcom roles and recently called a Love Actually scene one of the most excruciating experiences he has ever had.
McConaughey has largely avoided the genre since 2009’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, having become notorious for leaning on his co-stars on posters for movies including Failure to Launch.
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In The Gentlemen, McConaughey plays American expat drug kingpin Mickey Pearson, who sparks a rush for power when rumours spread that he is stepping down.
Grant, meanwhile, plays the slimy private investigator who has unearthed the story and is hoping to extort money from Mickey’s right-hand man, portrayed by Hunnam.
It marks Guy Ritchie’s return to the gangster genre, years after he made classics Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.
Earlier this year, he had a billion-dollar hit for Disney with Aladdin, which also became the biggest film in the career of star Will Smith.
Its success marked Ritchie bouncing back from the critical and commercial disappointment of his sword-wielding flop King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
The Gentlemen is in cinemas from 1 January, 2020.