Ever since I read the plot for the upcoming rom-com Destination Wedding 15 minutes ago, I haven’t been able to stop picturing possible scenarios in which stars Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves will find themselves as “two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves over the course of the weekend event,” according to Variety. Will they be somewhere beach-y, with Ryder glaring from under an enormous, unfashionable sun bonnet? Will Reeves wear shoes and socks in the sand and toe sullenly at a curdled jellyfish? Will one of them drown? Expectations are already high:
“When comedy is seated in character and truth it’s both funny and moving, and on that basis Vic’s screenplay is one of the best I’ve read in a long time,” said producer Robert Jones. “Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are wonderfully skillful actors and their chemistry on-screen truly brings these irascible characters to life.”
The film—created by former Mad About You writer and executive producer Victor Levin—reunites Ryder and Reeves for the first time since 2006's deeply unsettling A Scanner Darkly, in which Reeves played drug-addled protagonist Bob Arctor, and Ryder his equally off-kilter love interest, Donna Hawthorne. Before that, they also starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992.
Variety says the film recently wrapped shooting in central California, and I hope from the bottom of my heart that the destination in question is the A&W off the 152 in Los Banos. Or maybe it’ll be like that episode of Man Seeking Woman, where Josh reluctantly attends a friend’s wedding at a chain hotel in actual Hell. Sadly, it appears it will be set in the picturesque city of Paso Robles, though with the seaside town of San Luis Obispo just a stone’s throw away, anything is possible.
Whatever happens, I just hope it’s incredibly dark.