Robert De Niro has played no small number of characters during his half-century in movies: gangster, boxer, bounty hunter, fire captain, cabbie, father-in-law. Now we can add office boy. Sort of. He stars opposite fellow Oscar winner Anne Hathaway in The Intern, a kind of May-December/odd-couple friendship tale from writer-director Nancy Meyers. The erstwhile Corleone stars as Ben, a 70-ish widower who joins a bustling fashion website as part of its Senior Intern Program. (Note to concerned attorneys and HR folks: No word on whether it’s a paid gig.) Anyway, he’s set up to work for Jules (Hathaway), the founder and CEO of the site. There are plenty of generation-gap jokes and shenanigans, but initial awkwardness gives way to mutual respect as Ben becomes much more than an intern to his colleagues, especially Jules.
Warner Bros will release the Waverly Films pic, which initially had Reese Witherspoon in the CEO role. Rene Russo, Adam DeVine and Nat Wolff co-star. It’s Meyers’ first film since the 2009 Meryl Streep-Alec Baldwin-Steve Martin yarn It’s Complicated. Have a look at the first trailer for The Intern and tell us what you think.