Paramount Pictures has officially changed the release date for actor-director John Krasinski‘s forthcoming fantasy comedy If (formerly titled as Imaginary Friends), which will be led by Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds. Originally scheduled for a May 24, 2024 theatrical release, the star-studded movie will now arrive in theaters a week earlier on May 17, 2024.
Who’s the cast of IF?
IF is written and directed by John Krasinski, based on his original idea about a child’s journey in rediscovering their imagination. Joining him and Reynolds are Steve Carell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fiona Shaw, Alan Kim, Cailey Fleming, Bobby Moynihan, Louis Gossett Jr., Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Emily Blunt, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, Maya Rudolph, Awkwafina, Christopher Meloni, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Vince Vaughn.
During Paramount Pictures’ panel at the 2023 CinemaCon, Krasinski revealed that the film will center around a young girl who has the ability to see people’s imaginary friends who have been left behind after their real-life pals grew up.
“Imaginary friends are not just these adorable creations, they are time capsules for our hopes, dreams, ambitions,” Krasinski said. “I wanted people to leave this movie believing in something bigger and believing in something beautiful. It’s very real, and it’s very possible.”
The project has been in development since 2019, with Paramount Pictures winning the rights to the project in a bidding war against multiple studios. It is produced by Krasinski, Allyson Seeger, and Andrew Form through their Sunday Night banner, along with Reynolds for Maximum Effort. George Dewey is also executive producing via Maximum Effort.