First look at Meg Ryan's acting comeback in new rom-com

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What Happens Later, the new film starring Meg Ryan and David Duchovny, has released its first trailer.

The rom-com has been written and directed by Ryan, marking her first appearance on the big screen since 2015’s Ithaca, with the actor returning to the genre that made her a household name.

The film follows two ex-lovers as they reunite after becoming stranded overnight in an airport. As they begin to take a wander down memory lane, they discuss what could have been and what may happen in the future.

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Ryan, best known for her roles in When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, recently spoke about her latest film in an interview conducted before the SAG-AFTRA strike, saying What Happens Later was “romantic and sexy.”

“Sometimes there's a question of: Will they be together? Will they not be together?” teased Ryan (via Entertainment Weekly). “For that reason, [What Happens Later] sort of evolves the rom-com genre just a little bit. It's also about old people, and it's still romantic and sexy.

“It has a relationship to movies from the 1940s, like Bringing Up Baby, in terms of the banter, the rhythm of things and a lot of that era of filmmaking. Nora Ephron used to say rom-coms were really a secretly incredible delivery system to comment on the times, and we do that in this movie,” she continued.

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“My character is a magical thinker and David's character is a catastrophic thinker. These rom-coms really work when the two characters are somehow opposites and yet have a rhythm of intellect, humour, dialogue and banter that sort of indicates their compatibility.

“It's been really fun to see David embrace this guy, who I don't think is anything really like [him]. To see him dive into every single scene in the fullest way - he's funny, he's smart, he's dear and irresistible,” she added.

What Happens Later will be released in the US on October 13; there is currently no UK release date.

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