Everything We Know About Christina Lauren’s Roomies Movie So Far

by  | July 16

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Christina Lauren’s delightful rom-com novel Roomies would make a perfect movie. I mean, come on: A modern-day marriage of convenience between two beautiful, witty people destined to fall in love against the backdrop of a Broadway musical in New York City? Hollywood was bound to sit up and take notice—AND THEY DID: In May 2018, news broke that a film adaptation of the bestselling novel is officially in the works!

Keep reading for a roundup of everything we know about the Roomies movie so far and check back here for more updates as we get them. (And if you haven’t already read Roomies but swooned over movies like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before—which is itself based on a fab book—and Set It Up, you simply must pick up a copy, because you will ADORE it. Then come back and obsess over every tidbit of movie news with us!)

Here’s the scoop:

Jenna Dewan’s company Everheart Productions is producing the Roomies film!

Dare we hope Jenna Dewan will also play a starring role as heroine Holland Bakker? Her dynamite Step Up and Lip Sync Battle performances leave little doubt that she’d absolutely crush the part and steal our hearts.

Christina Lauren are writing the script!

This may be the best news yet, because no one could bring these characters to life quite like their creators, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the writing duo known as Christina Lauren. For more insight into how Dewan discovered Roomies and their experience writing the script, read this Hypable Q&A with Christina and Lauren.

Calvin McLoughlin –> Mateo Perez

In the movie, Holland’s hero will no longer be Irishman Calvin McLoughlin. Instead, Christina and Lauren have reimagined the character as a Latino immigrant named Mateo Perez. About the change, Lauren Billings told Entertainment Weekly: “Christina and I and all of the producers felt like the issue of immigration is one we needed to be facing head-on with this story, and we had an opportunity and responsibility to do that.” Christina added that “It was the way [the story] needed to be told.” For more, read the whole EW article.

Andy Fickman is set to direct…

Director Andy Fickman has helmed the TV show Kevin Can Wait, as well as movies like Parental Guidance, and—most relevant to our interests—the underappreciated, Shakespeare-inspired romantic comedy She’s the Man! Yes, the very same movie that introduced us to a handsome young Channing Tatum.

It doesn’t hurt that Fickman’s also a bona fide theater director who will know exactly how to bring the book’s Broadway scenes to life.

We’re standing by for casting news.

As much as we like fantasy-casting the characters, we’re pretty sure the reality will be EVEN BETTER, so we can’t wait for these reveals.

There’s no release date yet.

But we swear we’ll update this article as soon as it’s announced.



by Christina Lauren

Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

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Heather Waters is an Associate Director of Marketing at Simon & Schuster, where she runs the Get Literary and Tips on Life & Love blogs. She enjoys reading everything from romance to true crime to political memoirs, and in her free time you can often find her binge-watching Netflix, refreshing Twitter every 10 seconds, and listening to the latest episode of the podcast My Favorite Murder.