Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel High Fidelity was previously adapted as a now-iconic 2000 comedy, starring John Cusack as a music-obsessed owner of a record store who recounts his top five breakups.
Twenty years later, U.S. streaming service Hulu is giving the concept another spin in its new series “High Fidelity”, which offers one key difference: this version is told from a female perspective, with Zoe Kravitz in Cusack’s role.
“A departure from Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and beloved 2000 film, Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ centres on Rob (Zoe Kravitz, who also serves as an executive producer), a female record store owner in the rapidly gentrified neighbourhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn who revisits past relationships through music and pop culture, while trying to get over her one true love,” notes Hulu’s synopsis.
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In addition to Kravitz, “High Fidelity” also stars Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy and Kingsley Ben-Adir.
Meanwhile, as fans of the 2000 film will recall, Kravitz has a special connection to “High Fidelity” — her mom, Lisa Bonet, was among the original film’s stars.
“It feels really cool,” Zoe told Wonderwall of her family connection to her new series. “You know, the funny thing, ‘High Fidelity’ is obviously a movie that my mom is in. As a kid, you tend to find it strange watching movies that your parents are in. You tend to kind of avoid it.”
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She added: “[But] the thing about ‘High Fidelity,’ for me, was that I always loved the movie — kind of regardless of the fact that my mom was in it. Almost in spite of the fact that my mom was in it.”
“High Fidelity” premieres, appropriately enough, on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day!