Chris Evans has long harboured ambitions in filmmaking beyond acting, and he had the chance to make his dream a reality at the tail end of 2013 by directing his first film, Before We Go. While the small scale indie failed to attract much attention at last year's Toronto Film Festival, it is finally making it's way to US cinemas.
The film finds Evans as Nick Vaughan, making a living playing the trumpet around New York, including, occasionally at Grand Central Station. It is there he meets Brooke Dalton (Alice Eve), a young woman in a hurry to catch a train to Boston, but is fated to come into Nick's life when her purse is stolen.
While she is initially resistant to his offers of help, the two start a journey through early morning New York, slowly coming to realise that they might end up meaning more to each other than they thought, even as they struggle with past – and present – love. But what does fate actually have in store for them?
Before We Go is out on iTunes in the US and On Demand now and hits American cinemas on 4 September. There is no indication yet that it has a UK distributor, let alone a release date, but perhaps the presence of the likeable stars and Evans making his first trip behind the camera will help it sell here. As always, watch this space.