Yes, love is in the air this week and we at Moviefone are not immune to the charms (and, um, marketing) of Valentine's Day. In the spirit of romance, we've compiled a list of upcoming, first-time screen couples we're really looking forward to, in movies that run the gamut from action-fantasy to romantic-comedy.
Whether these new -- onscreen anyway -- relationships work or not remains to be seen, but that just makes it all the more exciting. div style="text-align: center;">
Yes, love is in the air this week and we at Moviefone are not immune to the charms (and, um, marketing) of Valentine's Day. In the spirit of romance, we've compiled a list of upcoming, first-time* screen couples we're really looking forward to, in movies that run the gamut from action-fantasy to romantic-comedy.
Whether these new -- onscreen anyway -- relationships work or not remains to be seen, but that just makes it all the more exciting.
(Please bear in mind that release dates, like relationships, are subject to change.)
Robert Pattinson & Emilie de Ravin
Starring In: 'Remember Me' (March 12)
Why We're Psyched: It may be difficult for hardcore Twihards to accept Edw... uh, Rob in a passionate relationship with anyone other than Kristen Stewart (who's currently busy with 'The Yellow Handkerchief' and 'The Runaways'), but the rest of us are psyched to see him paired with lovely Aussie de Ravin ('Lost,' 'Brick') -- and playing a mere mortal! -- in this drama about a rebellious New Yorker and the young woman who helps him overcome emotional scars from a family tragedy.
Jake Gyllenhaal & Gemma Arterton
Starring In: 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' (May 28)
Why We're Psyched: This fantastical video-game adaptation about a sixth-century Persian prince who must save the world from a dastardly nobleman is obviously an effects-heavy popcorn movie. That's all well and good, but what we really want to see is said prince (a buff, insanely hot-looking Gyllenhaal) trade quips and, ah, other things with Brit actress Arterton (Bond Girl from 'Quantum of Solace' who will also be seen this year in 'Clash of the Titans'), who plays his plucky -- and gorgeous -- princess companion. Talk about striking visuals...
Shia LaBeouf & Carey Mulligan
Starring In: 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' (April 23)
Why We're Psyched: Twenty-three years after his original 'Wall Street,' Oliver Stone brings us the sequel, once again starring Michael Douglas as corporate raider Gordon Gekko ("greed is good"), now reformed and out of jail. Major icing on the cake: Gekko's protege is engaged to his daughter, played, respectively, by LaBeouf and Best Actress Oscar-nominee Mulligan, two of the most talented young actors around. And the excellent casting has transitioned into real life: the duo are reportedly dating.
James Franco & Zooey Deschanel
Starring In: 'Your Highness' (Oct. 1)
Why We're Psyched: Speaking of genius casting, these two equally attractive, offbeat actors are almost a sure bet, chemistry-wise, in this comic fantasy-adventure about a valiant prince who -- aided by his lazy younger brother (Danny McBride) -- must save both his kingdom and kidnapped fiancee from an evil wizard. From David Gordon Green, director of 'Pineapple Express,' which has us wondering if the new film's title is a double entendre...
Jay Baruchel & Alice Eve
Starring In: 'She's Out of My League' (March 12)
Why We're Psyched: We're so rooting for the splendid Baruchel ('Knocked Up,' 'Tropic Thunder') to get the girl (Eve, 'Crossing Over') in this aptly named rom-com, about an average Joe who meets and romances the woman of his dreams, to the disbelief and discouragement of his family and friends. Love conquers all, right?
Ryan Gosling & Kirsten Dunst
Starring In: 'All Good Things' (release date TBA)
Why We're Psyched: This fascinating-sounding project from Andrew Jarecki, the director who brought us the unsettling doc 'Capturing the Friedmans,' is a love story/murder mystery based on a true unsolved crime. Gosling plays a wealthy heir whose lower-class girlfriend (Dunst) inexplicably disappears. Great leads, great story ... and, yes, there have been rumors of an off-screen romance.
Alex Pettyfer & Vanessa Hudgens
Starring In: 'Beastly' (July 30)
Why We're Psyched: In this edgy, modern 'Beauty and the Beast' update, a spell is cast on the handsome, cruel Kyle (Pettyfer), transforming him into what he most despises: ugly. The only antidote to his curse is finding someone who will love him as he is. Hudgens of 'High School Musical' fame plays the key to his redemption. A teen flick, sure, but we're definitely curious.
Justin Long & Drew Barrymore
Starring In: 'Going the Distance' (Oct. 8)
Why We're Psyched: Many of us had our curiosity piqued about this flick via reports that Long may appear in it stark naked. Another thing to recommend this rom-com, about a couple struggling to navigate their long-distance relationship, is the fact that Barrymore and Long have been an actual item for a while. Real couples don't always work onscreen. We're excited to see if this one does.
Steve Carell & Tina Fey
Starring In: 'Date Night' (April 9)
Why We're Psyched: A complete no-brainer. They're both hilarious in their own right and several scenes in the trailer are laugh-out-loud funny. As a bored couple who claim another pair's dinner reservation, then get caught up in dangerous hijinx involving mistaken identity, Carell and Fey seemingly can't go wrong.
Jim Carrey & Ewan McGregor
Starring In: 'I Love You, Phillip Morris' (March 26)
Why We're Psyched: Nope, not a bromance, but an actual love story. In this promising black comedy, Carrey plays a married cop who realizes he's gay, embraces a flamboyant life of luxury, and winds up in jail -- where he meets the love of his life, the titular character (McGregor); he then goes to extreme lengths to spring his new partner from prison. Now, that's romance!
*Sorry, 'Twilight' fans