Meg Ryan is making her rom-com comeback.
The ‘When Harry Met Sally’ actress will direct and star in an upcoming romantic comedy ‘What Happens Later.’
Ryan, 60, shared a poster for the film on Instagram with the caption, “HERE WE GO!!”
The actress will headline alongside “X-Files” star David Duchovny, 61, in the “evolved and nostalgic” take on a romantic comedy, according to Variety.
Based on Steven Dietz’s play Shooting Star, the film follows ex-lovers Willa (Ryan) and Bill (Duchovny) who are violently reunited when they get snowed in at an airport overnight. Willa is independent, while Bill was recently separated and is evaluating his life and relationships with his estranged wife and daughter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The official logline reads: “What if you came face to face with someone late on a snowy night? Someone who once held your secrets because that person once held your heart a long time ago,” Variety reported. The film’s tagline is the ready-to-travel phrase, “They missed their connection.”
The film will be Ryan’s second directorial effort, having previously starred in and directed the 2015 film Ithaca.
The Sleepless in Seattle icon is best known for her collaborations with the late writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron.
It’s been almost 25 years since “Your Mail” stole the hearts of everyone, and over a decade since Ryan appeared in a rom-com. In 2009, Ryan starred alongside Kristen Bell and Timothy Hutton in Cheryl Hines’ Serious Moonlight.
Ryan told The New York Times Magazine in 2019 that she was writing a romantic comedy she hoped to direct.
“I’m aware now that romantic comedy is confection, but it has a construction. There is architecture. I wasn’t aware of that at the time,” she said at the time.
What Happens Later begins filming later this year in Bentonville, Arkansas, with an estimated release date of 2023. Bleecker Street acquired the rights and HanWay Films started sales at the Cannes Film Festival.