Lucien Laviscount shares Mission: Impossible and Bond dreams ahead of ‘really special’ rom-com This Time Next Year

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3 Jun 2024, 10:56

Lucien Laviscount, Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible

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Emily in Paris star Lucien Laviscount has revealed his plans to take the action world by storm after perfecting the art of the romantic comedy. 

The actor is about the flex his rom-com muscles once again in This Time Next Year, alongside Kingsman star Sophie Cookson and Bridgerton’s Golda Rosheuvel

The love story, out on digital platforms now, is an adaptation of the Sophie Cousens novel of the same name, which focuses on Quinn (Laviscount) and Minnie (Cookson), who meet by chance and realise they were born in the same hospital on the same day, a minute apart, but their lives have gone in very different directions since that day. Will fate find a way to bring them back together?



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Speaking exclusively to, Lucien shared his love for the rom-com genre, but also dished on his action blockbuster dreams. 

He explained: “I think romantic comedy, and action, I think I'd like to roll my sleeves up a little bit and throw down, that’ll be fun.” 

Having previously hinted that he would love to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond in the next 007 movie, the actor shared his action ambitions that could even see him come face-to-face with Tom Cruise or even Sylvester Stallone. 

When discussing what he’d love to try next, Lucien elaborated: “A Rambo, a Bond, a Mission: Impossible, I think down that lane there. 

“I love TV because you can kind of grow with the character and you can see different arcs and develop that over time. I think to jump on a movie that has depth to it as well that you can come and revisit and see that character grow on the big screen, that’d be something I’d definitely want to do.”

Before Lucien breaks into the high octane world of action movies, he’s cementing his name as a rom-com heartthrob in This Time Next Year, and shared his unabashed love of the genre. 

“I’m not ashamed to say I love a good rom-com,” he told us. “This one’s a really special one. This one seems to have all the right ingredients. It’s a great book so I thought I might be onto a winner.”

This Time Next Year is directed by Nick Moore, who rom-com enthusiasts will know as being behind massive classics including Love Actually, Along Came Polly and Leap Year. 

“With [Nick] at the helm, it was go-time,” Lucien said enthusiastically. “He's so passionate about the craft and the work. He goes into such depth with every crew member. He pulled us together on the first day and just kind of gives this emotional, beautiful speech about what we're about to create. We're all in this together, which I thought was beautiful.”

With the rom-com genre seemingly making a comeback in recent years, Lucien shared why he believes audiences are clamouring for more love stories on screen. 

He said: “With everything that's going on in the world, we know the answer but we still go on a journey. And I feel like that's a beautiful thing about rom-coms. The audience I really feel can be part of it. In a sense, I want to say like a little Punch and Judy show, I do feel like it’s got that element to it, where you can get behind it. 

“I just think it's a nice little bit of joy, I believe.”

This Time Next Year is available to watch on digital platforms now.