The Lost City Official Trailer Feels Like A Romance Novel In The Best Way
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The Lost City Official Trailer Shows Us What Would Happen If Romance Novels Were Set In The Real World

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BY December 24, 2021

I love reading romance novels. The plots can be ridiculously over-the-top and the main characters unbelievably good looking, but they’re such a fun escape from reality. Previously relegated to the shadowy corners of grocery stores or passed discreetly among friends, romance novels and the genre itself have had a bit of a renaissance in the early 2000s and things haven’t slowed down at all. The Twilight saga and Fifty Shades of Grey series were incredibly popular and viewers flocked to shows like Bridgerton (which is based off the book series by Julia Quinn). Which is why it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to poke fun at the genre. Enter The Lost City official trailer, which is a fun look at what a romance novel would be like if it was set in the real world.

What Did We Learn From The Lost City Official Trailer?

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The Lost City stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe. Bullock plays romance author Loretta Sage, a reclusive woman who writes about adventurous, exotic settings. Tatum stars as Alan, the cover model used on Sage’s novels, who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While the pair are on tour promoting her latest book, The Lost  City of D, Sage is kidnapped by a billionaire (played by Radcliffe) who hopes she can lead him to an ancient treasure featured in her latest plot. Alan, wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, decides to rescue her and, of course, hijinks ensue. Besides the all-star cast, the movie looks amazing. There are explosions! There is a daring escape! There are leeches! I already knew that Bullock and Tatum could do funny, but together, they are an unstoppable comedy team. Bullock made us all laugh as Gracie Lou Freebush in Miss Congeniality and Tatum also showed his comedy chops in She’s the Man, a teen retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Also, seeing Harry Potter as a crazed villain? It’s different, but Radcliffe looks like he had a lot of fun too. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bullock says that she and Tatum had so much fun together that they theorized they must have been long-lost siblings, “part of a nature versus nurture experiment in the 1960s.” She said:

“I don’t know if it’s because we’ve all been locked in our homes for so long, but if you can just sit in a room with someone and it’s quiet and just for no reason start laughing, and you know why the other one is laughing but you don’t know why the other one is laughing, it just makes things so much easier. So yeah, I think we were separated at birth at some point in some sort of neurological experiment on brain development. And he and I feel that theory holds because no matter where you throw us, we’re still the same.”

In The Lost City, Bullock says she and Tatum play polar opposites and they’re able to incorporate a bit of gender role reversal for the genre. Loretta Sage is a shut-in, whereas Alan is high on life. “That’s what’s so much fun about it, you can take old setups and easily make them new. And the fun thing about the male-female narrative is that now we can turn it on its ear because it’s no longer, ‘This is the woman’s role. This is the man’s role.’ You can mess with all of that and create a whole new dynamic. And that’s sort of what we did.”

Also There Is A Brad Pitt Cameo!

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Yes, that Brad Pitt! He appears to play a real life romance novel lover, complete with flowing locks and a smoldering gaze. In the aforementioned interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pitt explained that he and Bullock share a hairstylist, who got the actress to star opposite Pitt in his Bullet Train movie if he agreed to appear in The Lost City. Bullock said that the producers “let him” steal the show. “He just came in, and he tore it up. He’s really funny,” she said. Similarly, Tatum added:

“He came in and played a certain character that fits into this weird world, and just signed up for it completely and wholly. I’ve met him, but to get to work with him was a whole different thing. I couldn’t focus. It was really an out-of-body experience in a lot of ways.”

The Lost City is directed by Adam and Aaron Nee, whose credits include indies The Last Romantic and Band of Robbers, as well as the upcoming superhero adventure Masters of the Universe. They also wrote the script with Dana Fox (Cruella, What Happens in Vegas). Bullock will serve as producer alongside Liza Chasin and Seth Gordon.

Watch The Lost City official trailer below:

The Lost City will premiere March 25, 2022 in theaters everywhere.

What did you think of The Lost City official trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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