Review of Somebody I Used to Know: Dave Franco to Direct Amazon Original Starring Alison Brie

Daljit Kalsi

Amazon Studios has announced that Dave Franco (The Rental, The Afterparty, Day Shift) will direct the upcoming Amazon Original film Somebody I Used to Know from a script he wrote alongside Alison Brie (Glow, Promising Young Woman). Brie will also star in the Temple Hill Entertainment and Black Bear Pictures-produced romantic comedy alongside Jay Ellis (Insecure) and Kiersey Clemons (The Flash).

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Somebody I Used to Know follows workaholic Ally (Brie) who, on a trip to her hometown, spends a night reminiscing with her ex-boyfriend Sean (Ellis), which makes her start to question everything about the choices she’s made and the person she’s become. And things only get more confusing when she meets Cassidy (Clemons), a younger woman who reminds her of the person she used to be,” reads the official synopsis.

The film reunites Franco and Brie with Black Bear following their horror collaboration, The Rental, which marked Franco’s directorial debut and starred Brie.

“Alison and I love romantic comedies and were inspired by the classics from the 80’s and 90’s,” said Franco. “We couldn’t be more excited about working with Jay and Kiersey, who are both extremely natural performers, capable of bringing levity and drama in equal measure. And we’re so grateful to have partnered with Amazon Studios, who have been incredibly supportive in helping bring this project to life.”

“Audiences around the world are going to fall in love with Somebody I Used to Know just as much as we did,” said Julie Rapaport, Co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios. “Dave and Alison have reimagined a beloved genre in a delightfully modern way. We could not be more thrilled to watch this incredible cast bring the film to life, shepherded by Dave’s vision, and to partner with Temple Hill and Black Bear to bring it to screen.”

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Producers include Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner, and Black Bear’s Ben Stillman, Leigh Kittay, and Michael Heimler. Executive producers include Franco, Brie, Temple Hill’s Laura Quicksilver, Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman, and Bart Lipton. The film will debut exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide next year.

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