Judging from the trailer, Christine Lenig's romantic comedy, Upgraded, looks poised to deliver a delightful blend of classic rom-com tropes infused with a fresh perspective. Directed by Carlson Young, known for her work on Scream: The Series, this contemporary narrative follows a career-driven and relatable protagonist as she navigates the glamorous world of art and stumbles upon an unexpected romance.
Viewers can expect a backdrop adorned with sophisticated art collections and the bustling energy of auction houses set against the picturesque cityscape of Leeds, London.
Written by Christine Lenig (Unsolved Mysteries), Justin Matthews (The Duel), and Luke Spencer Roberts (The Package), Upgraded stars and is executive produced by Camila Mendes, who is best known for her role as Veronica Lodge in The CW’s popular teen drama series Riverdale, based on characters from the Archie Comics. The Amazon MGM Studios original film is scheduled for release on Prime Video on February 9, 2024.
Ana Santos is a smart and ambitious art enthusiast, with dreams of running her own gallery. She is currently paying dues as an unpaid trainee at a premiere NYC auction house run by the influential and demanding Claire Dupont. When Ana is sent on her first work trip and gets unexpectedly upgraded to first class, she meets the handsome and well-connected Will, who mistakes Ana for her boss, a white lie that sets off a series of fortuitous events and VIP introductions that suddenly have Ana winning at work and caught up in a whirlwind romance she never expected. However, this little white lie begins to unravel, threatening to ruin Ana’s career and newfound romance.
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Mendes takes on the role of Ana Santos, starring opposite Archie Renaux (Shadow and Bone), who plays Ana's love interest, William. Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler) stars as Claire Dupont, along with Thomas Kretschmann (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny) as Arnold Grant, Gregory Montel (Call My Agent) as Gerard Abel, Aimee Carrero (The Menue) as Vivian, and YouTube comedian Andrew Schulz (The Underdoggs) as Ronnie.
Rounding out the star-studded cast are Rachel Matthews (Happy Death Day) as Suzette, Lena Olin (Spaceman) as Catherine, Fola Evans-Akingbola (The Night Agent) as Renee, Saoirse-Monica Jackson (The Flash) as Amy, and Anthony Head, who is best known as Rupert Giles in the popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, stars as Julian Marx.
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Also serving as executive producers with Mendes are Josie Rosen, Tom Salentine, Rachel Matthews, Karl Hall, and Matt Williams. Upgraded marks the third collaboration between showrunner Carlson Young and Composer Isom Innis. Produced by Mike Karz, William Bindley, Lena Roklin, and Piers Tempest and Co-Produced by Lauren Cox. Upgraded has a runtime of 104 minutes and is rated R.
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