Is the Idea of You Based on a True Story?

Anne Hathaway is collaborating with Nicholas Galatzine on the Amazon Prime rom-com The Idea of You. The teaser for the highly anticipated film sparked a frenzy among genre fans, promising a sweet and passionate tale of age-gap romance.

Along with leaving hearts aflutter, it has sparked a flurry of parallels, with fans wondering if the film is inspired by the mysterious music icon Harry Styles and what’s the true story behind it.

Is The Idea of You Based on a True Story?

No, The Idea of You is not based on true events. Both the film and the book, which are based on Robinne Lee's 2017 novel of the same name, are fictional works.

It follows Solène, a 40-year-old single mother, as she falls in love with 23-year-old Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of the fictional boy band August Moon. Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine play the ideal bewitched-in-love couple in the film adaptation of the hugely renowned novel.

Is The Idea of You Based on a True Story?

If you haven't caught up, given the [musical] background of the book, which features a devilishly hot lead singer of the world's current biggest band, fans are certain that the novel is inspired solely by Harry Styles. The book's author loosely verified this back in 2017.

Did Nicholas Galitzine Draw Inspiration From Harry Styles for His Character?

Meanwhile, Nicholas Galitzine, the actor who plays Hayes Campbell, admits Styles' impact on his role. In an interview with Buzzfeed, he admits to drawing influence from Styles' romantic relationships with older women, imbuing Hayes with a similar charm.

However, he insisted that the inspiration did not lead to imitation: “It was important to create someone who felt new and original, rather than a shoddy impersonation of this person,” he explained.

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The Idea of You will premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in March before becoming available on Amazon Prime Video on May 2, 2024.

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