Already $100 million at the box office: this romantic comedy starring Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney is inspired by Shakespeare and is a hit around the world –

The romantic comedy “Everything But You” starring Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) and Glen Powell (Top Gun 2) is released in theaters this Wednesday. Here are 5 anecdotes about the film.

After the comedies Easy Girl, Sex Between Friends and Peter Rabbit, American director Will Guck is back with the romantic comedy Everything But You, which has already grossed more than $100 million at the international box office including 64 million greenbacks at the UNITED STATES.

Led by Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell, the feature film follows Bea and Ben. They have everything of the perfect couple, but after an ideal first date, an incident cools their mutual attraction until their unexpected reunion at a wedding in Australia. They then do what any mature adult would do in this situation: pretend to be in a relationship.

A romcom inspired by William Shakespeare…

The feature film is loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's play “A lot of noise for nothing”, already adapted to the cinema several times in more classic versions. Quotations from the British playwright's work also appear in certain dialogues in the film and in intertitle boxes.

The main aspect of the story that the film brings to life is the intrigue between Shakespeare's characters, Benedick and Beatrice. Although the two characters seem to hate each other and bicker constantly, they are actually in love with each other. In the playwright's work, the other characters play matchmakers between the two heroes, until the latter end up confessing their love to each other.

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Glen Powell & Sydney Sweeney

This is not the first romcom inspired by the works of classic authors. Thus, the feature film 10 Good Reasons to Dump You (1999) directed by Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles was an adaptation of “The Taming of the ShrewAndy Fickman's She's the Man (2006) was a modern rereading of “Twelfth Night” and Clueless with Alicia Silverstone was inspired by“Emma” Jane Austen.

Where have you seen the stars of the film before?

Very modern rereading of Shakespeare's play, Everything except you is worn by the two new Hollywood stars, Sydney Sweeney et Glen Powell.

Noted thanks to his appearances in The Dark Knight Rises, where he plays a trader who stands up to the villain played by Tom Hardy, and the action film Expendables 3, Glen Powell landed the role of Chad Radwell in Ryan Murphy's series Scream Queens. But it is above all his role as pilot Jake 'Hangman' Seresin in Top Gun: Maverick, a summer 2022 hit, which made him known to the general public.

The 35-year-old actor faces the American actress here Sydney Sweeney. If the young woman began her career at the age of 14, it was from 2018 that she landed more substantial roles. She thus appears in the second season of The Handmaid's Tale in which she plays Eden, a pious young woman, then lands the role of Alice in Sharp Objects alongside Amy Adams.

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Sydney Sweeney dans Euphoria

In 2019, Sam Levinson gave her the role of the sultry high school student Cassie Howard in the hit series Euphoria. A role which also earned her a nomination for the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and which launched her career.

The same year, Quentin Tarantino offered her the role of a hippie in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Sydney Sweeney then played Olivia Mossbacher in the first season of The White Lotus and was once again nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries at the Emmy Awards.

Sydney Sweeney noticed Glen Powell at an awards show

Also producer of this romantic comedy, Sydney Sweeney herself convinced the director Will Gluck to direct the film. The young woman explains in the press kit that she really liked her first comedies. Easy Girl with Emma Stone and Sex between friends with Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher.

It was also she who wanted to offer the role of Ben to Glen Powell, yet Sydney Sweeney had never before given the actor a reply.

She explains her choice: “I met Glen on stage at the MTV Awards. He presented me with an award (Editor’s note: for Euphoria), et I remember wondering who this guy was. When we were casting Everything But You, he was always at the top of my list. I couldn't forget this little interaction.”

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Everything except you

Sydney Sweeney then adds: “It was a lot of fun working with Glen. He always had a joke to tell and he was constantly practicing. 24/7 – on top of me, next to me, behind me, he was always doing push-ups. It was the craziest thing ever.”.

An alchemy that gets people talking…

The chemistry between the two actors was immediate. So much so that the complicity between Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney during the previews led many fans to think that the two actors were a couple and allowed the film to become known.

Many X users (ex-Twitter) have speculated on a possible off-set romance between the stars of the film. Especially since Glen Powell assured on the microphone ofEntertainment Tonight during the American promotion of the film: “A romantic comedy doesn't work without good chemistry between the actors and Sydney is probably the easiest person to find that chemistry with.”

Sydney Sweeney also mentioned these rumors in the “Young Power in Hollywood” issue of Variety magazine. The actress and producer declares: “It's a romantic comedy. People want love! We don't care much about rumors. We have so much fun together, and we respect each other enormously; he’s a hard worker, and I’m a hard worker.”

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Glen Powell & Sydney Sweeney at the Everything But You AP

A premonitory bite…

The filming of Everything except you took place in Sydney, Australia. A country known for its impressive critters. During the filming of a scene, Sydney Sweeney was bitten by a Huntsman spider, the largest known Sparassidae.

For the purposes of the take, the arachnid had to climb on the arm of the actress, but as she did not move forward, the team forced her to move. The latter then bit Sydney Sweeney, who started screaming. The actress remembers on Jimmy Fallon's microphone that Glen Powell was the only one who realized something was wrong.

My screaming got a little too serious…

We were filming and the spider started biting me. We were in the middle of the stage and I was supposed to scream, but my screaming got a little too serious. Everyone thought I had chosen to be dramatic so no one intervened. So I was standing there with this spider on my arm, biting me, and I was screaming, and everyone was watching. Glen was the only one who said it was getting too real and we cut it.”.

The medical team on set recorded the incident under the title “Sydney Sweeney: First Aid: Bitten by a Spider, Became Spider-woman”.

Sydney Sweeney claimed during the show that the team was completely unaware of his next project, Sony's Spider-Man spin-off, Madame Web (in theaters February 14), in in which the actress plays the role of Julia Carpenter aka… Spider-Woman! Or when reality exceeds fiction…

Everything except you can be seen in cinemas this Wednesday, January 24.

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