It’s impossible not to be looking forward to Spike Jonze’s offbeat romance Her ix after the fantastic trailer that made its way online a week ago. If you have been anticipating its November release, it looks like you may have to wait just a bit longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has pushed back the release date.
The film, which centers on a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), will now open in limited theaters on December 18th and then nationwide on January 10th, 2014. The release date shift clearly reveals that Warner Bros. has an Oscar campaign planned. The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt.
Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha” (Johansson), a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
On its new release date, Her will go up against George Clooney’s WWII film The Monuments Men, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, and the animated feature Walking With Dinosaurs. When it opens nationwide, the film will go up against Peter Berg’s war drama Lone Survivor.
Her will make its world premiere as the closing night film at the 51st New York Film Festival in the fall.