Helmed by Kapur (Elizabeth), from a script written by Jemima Khan, What’s Love Got to Do with It? stars the Primetime Emmy® Award nominated Lily James (“Pam & Tommy”, Baby Driver), Shazad Latif (“Star Trek: Discovery, “Toast of London”), Shabana Azmi (“24”, “Halo”), Sajal Aly (Mom, “Alif”) and Academy Award® and BAFTA winner Emma Thompson (Matilda, Peter’s Friends, The Tall Guy). The film focuses on documentary filmmaker and dating app addict Zoe (James), whose sliding to the right has thus far only brought her a myriad of Mr. Wrongs, much to the chagrin of her rather eccentric mother Cath (Thompson). For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbour Kaz (Latif), the solution lies in following his parents’ example and opt for an arranged (or “assisted”) marriage to a brilliant and beautiful bride from Pakistan. As Zoe films his hopeful journey from London to Lahore to marry an absolute stranger, chosen by his parents, she starts to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love.
The ensemble cast is rounded out with Asim Chaudhry (“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”, “The Sandman”), Jeff Mirza (Eternals, Blinded by the Light), Mim Shaikh (“Informer”, “Pls Like), Iman Boujelouah, Mariam Haque (“Finding Alice”, “Homeland”) and Sindhu Vee (Matilda, My Mothers Wedding).
The film is produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes (About Time, About a Boy), Jemima Khan (“American Crime Story”, “The Clinton Affair”) & her Instinct Productions, alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award-winning and Mercury Prize nominated composer, Nitin Sawhney CBE scored the film’s soundtrack, in collaboration with British-Pakistani record producer, DJ, songwriter, and musician Naughty Boy, alongside three-time BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominee, Joy Crookes. Kanika Kapoor and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will also feature on the soundtrack, with Rahat putting in an appearance in the film too.
STUDIOCANAL is fully financing the film and will release it in their own territories: the UK, France, Germany, Australia & New Zealand. They are also selling the film worldwide.
What’s Love Got to Do with It? is currently slated for a UK cinematic release on January 27, 2023.