First Look at Love Again. starring Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra!

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Priyanka Chopra and Sam Heughan star in Screen Gems LOVE AGAIN.

After months of silence, some updates are coming out about the romantic comedy starring Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra, Text For You. The film suddenly changes its title again from It’s All Coming Back To Me to Love Again, and recently slated its premiere to May 5, 2023

The very first pictures of Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas on the set of the romantic drama Love Again (previously It’s All Coming Back To Me and Text for You) came out last year!
Priyanka Chopra Jonas (center) and Sam Heughan (bottom right) on the set of Text for you

Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas were spotted rushing to work on the London set of their latest project, Love Again (previously It’s All Coming Back To Me and Text for You)

With a wide-leg trousers squared on the brown and a green coat in tune with the shoes, Priyanka always shows up with style even when she’s going to set. On the other hand, Sam is spotted wearing a sportier outfit with a blue down jacket, a matching backpack and red headphones around his neck.

On the movie

As Deadline reports, Love Again (previously It’s All Coming Back To Me and Text for You) is about a woman who, to ease the pain after tragically losing her fiancé, starts to send romantic texts to his old cell. It turns out, the phone number has been reassigned to a man across town suffering from similar heartbreak. The two meet and feel an undeniable connection, but can’t seem to leave the past behind. In this English language remake, the music and influence of Dion gives them the courage to take a chance on love again.

The movie is directed by Jim Strouse, who also wrote the screenplay with Lauryn Kahn. Inspired by the 2016 German-language box office hit SMS Fur Dich, which is based on Sofie Cramer’s popular novel.

Thunder Road’s (A Star is BornJohn Wick) Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, and Esther Hornstein are producing the film.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas (center) and Sam Heughan (lower back)

Sam Heughan & Priyanka Chopra Jonas never filmed Love Again in person with Celine Dion

While technology plays a big part in bringing Mira and Rob together onscreen, it turns out that it’s also the reason why the movie exists at all — because Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas reveal they never actually filmed with Dion in person, despite sharing many scenes with her.

“We shot during the pandemic, and it was obviously very difficult for people to travel at the time, so we did shoot a lot of it on sound stages and on green screen,” Sam Heughan tells EW. “That was one of the challenges of working during the pandemic.”

Thanks to some great editing and visual effects work, it’s hard to notice in the final product that the stars were in separate locations.

“We were in our own bubble in the U.K., and Celine was in Canada,” he explains. “It was difficult, but I think they did some great magic in the movie, and I think those scenes really worked out. Jim [Strouse], who directed it, he’s such an amazing person and it was just working with him very closely. We got extras and people to read [Dion’s] lines. And honestly, Celine is such a professional herself, that’s [why] it really worked out.”

Chopra Jonas says they filmed Love Again in 2020, when the industry was figuring out “how to navigate COVID. All of us couldn’t travel, a lot of the times, to be together. It was right at the beginning.”

“We weren’t even allowed to be in the same room together during prep for more than 25 minutes,” Heughan says as he gestures to Chopra Jonas.

He’s not joking.

“Yeah, while we were filming, after being in quarantine, in a bubble, and we couldn’t be around each other for more than 20 minutes,” she adds. “It was nuts at that time. It was tough, but it was a scary time in the world. As actors, we’re the ones that have to take off our masks on set. I was terrified, honestly, in the beginning. It was a very scary, daunting atmosphere, and we were doing a romantic comedy — we had to bring lightness and fun to set in this daunting atmosphere. We really leaned on each other to create a fun environment on set with each other. We would laugh and crack jokes and tried to find the joy so that we could inspire and infuse ourselves as well. But it wasn’t easy.”

That’s actually the reason why Outlander star Sam Heughan wanted to join Love Again as the romantic lead — it was the kind of project he needed to work on at that time.

“I think we were all ready for it,” he says. “After the lockdowns and being in isolation, everyone was ready to feel joy again. That’s why this was such a well-timed movie to make. I certainly love the old rom-coms from the ’90s, but there was something really interesting about Mira who’s gone through this grief, and Rob who’s given up on love — these two people are very much not looking for love, and through the mentorship or guidance of Celine Dion and her music, they both learn to love again and they find their hearts are healed. I think we all, certainly after the pandemic and everything else that’s going on in the world, needed this kind of movie and this kind of message.”

And despite the challenges of not being in the same room (or even the same continent) as one of his costars, Sam Heughan is thrilled that Dion is making her feature film acting debut in Love Again.

“We were so lucky that she chose this project, and she’s such a perfect fit, literally,” he says. “Her music is about romance, it’s about love, and she believes in it 100 percent. The message behind her music is so important. And then she even imparts some of her own personal experience [about her late husband René Angélil] during the movie, and tells her own love story, and it’s certainly very moving.”

Priyanka Chopra Jonas loves how Dion had fun with portraying a fictionalized version of herself in the movie.

“She’s so amazing. She’s funny, she’s self-aware, it’s really cheeky,” she says of the singer, who recently revealed a health condition that affects her entire body, including her ability to sing. “Also she’s given us five [new] songs [for the movie]. She’s really behind the movie, and that feels really, really great to have that support from her as well. You throw in original music from Celine that we have not had for so long, and it was really hard to think of a reason not to do this movie.”

Sam Heughan Says He’s ‘Still Looking’ for The One

Sam Heughan goes to great lengths to win over a woman in his new romantic comedy Love Again. His character even seeks advice from pop icon Céline Dion.

In real life, he’s also a “romantic at heart,” he says in the new issue of PEOPLE. Asked about the craziest thing he’s done in pursuit of love, Heughan replies, “I’ve done all of the gift-giving and turning up when least expected, but, so far, I’m still looking.”

He certainly has no shortage of admirers. Heughan, who also appears as 18th-century Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser on Starz’s popular time-hopping drama Outlander, has had fans in a frenzy since the show first premiered in 2014.

Heughan says through the years he’s received marriage proposals, been ambushed while out at dinner and received intimate autograph requests. “I’ve signed a few body parts,” he admits.

Not that he minds the enthusiasm. “Our fans have been so supportive for 10 years now,” he says. “It’s always nice to meet people. They’re great.”

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