If it's springtime, it's production season, as filming for next year's crop of TV series and movies gets underway. This is also the point in the calendar when studios start hopping aboard indie projects as events like the Cannes Market and the spring edition of MIP TV bring producers and content together. One of the hottest projects underway is We Live In Time, a romantic drama starring two of the biggest British A-list stars going — Florence Pugh (The Wonder) and Andrew Garfield (Under The Banner Of Heaven) — and then surprised the industry with how fast it got itself off the ground.
The film was initially announced in mid-March, just after the 2023 Oscars, where Pugh and Garfield had (perhaps not so coincidentally) presented the award for Best Screenplay. Pugh was a surprise to have signed on, as her dance card is already full between promoting three projects (A Good Person, Oppenheimer, and Dune Part 2) and filming for her continuing role as Marvel's new Black Widow on the big and small screen. Garfield, meanwhile, was viewed as coming to this project right on time, as he had just finished a high-profile run of Under the Banner of Heaven, Tick…Tick…Boom!, and bringing back his role as the (one of the) titular web-slinger(s) in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
But apparently, Pugh could fit it in because filming started immediately, although initial reports stated We Live In Time would start rolling "later" in 2023. Less than three weeks after the first press release about the film arrived, StudioCanal tweeted a photo to celebrate the official start of filming on April 4, 2023.
According to Deadline, the plot details for We Live In Time are being kept under wraps, with only a generalized logline:
We Live In Time is a funny, deeply moving, and immersive love story.
The script was penned by Nick Payne (Wanderlust) from an original idea StudioCanal developed with Adam Ackland and Benedict Cumberbatch's outfit Sunnymarch. (Cumberbatch is listed as the executive producer of the project.) Irish filmmaker John Crowley (Brooklyn) is directing, with Ackland, Leah Clarke, and Guy Heeley also listed as producing. Interestingly, even though filming is underway in London, no other cast beyond Pugh and Garfield has been announced. However, Adam James (Belgravia) has the project currently listed on his CV as having a supporting role.
We Live In Time does not yet have a U.S. distributor or a release date, but both are expected to come, well, in time.