What's Love Got To Do With It? — release date, plot, cast, trailer and all we know

Lily James as Zoe and Shazad Latif as Kazim in What's Love Got To Do With It?
What's Love Got To Do With It? is fronted by Lily James and Shazad Latif. (Image credit: Studio Canal)

What's Love Got To Do With It? is an upcoming cross-cultural romantic comedy which tells the story of filmmaker, Zoe (Lily James) who decides to document her best friend Kazim's (Shazad Latif) journey towards an arranged marriage.

The movie offers a fresh perspective into the concept of arranged marriage and dives into life's greatest mystery — love.

Set in London and the Pakistani city of Lahore, What's Love Got To Do With It? incorporates rich and diverse cultural representation, against the backdrop of a stunning romance.

Here's everything we know about What's Love Got To Do With It?...

What's Love Got To Do With It? release date

What's Love Got To Do With It? will be released in UK cinemas on Friday, January 27, 2023. There's currently no US release date yet, but we will update this guide when one has been announced.

What's Love Got To Do With It? plot

What's Love Got To Do With It? follows award-winning documentarian Zoe as she takes on a new filmmaking project focused on her childhood friend Kazim, a doctor who is set to have an arranged marriage.

Zoe doesn't understand the concept of arranged marriage and decides that Kazim's arranged marriage journey will be a brilliant subject for her next documentary.

As she goes on her film-making adventure to follow Kazim marrying a stranger, she begins to understand the enchanting aspect of arranged marriage and develop her understanding of love.

Zoe points at Kazim as they both laugh

Lily James as Zoe and Shazad Latif as Kazim. (Image credit: Studio Canal)

What's Love Got To Do With It? cast

The movie features a star-studded multicultural cast, including Lily James (Pam & Tommy, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) as Zoe, Emma Thompson (Cruella, Saving Mr. Banks, Sense and Sensibility) as Zoe's divorcé mother, Cath and one of India's most acclaimed actresses Shabana Azmi (Neerja, Makdee, Arth) as Aisha Khan.

Starring alongside them are Shazad Latif as Kazim, Jeff Mirza as Zahid Khan, Nikkita Chadha as Baby, Asim Chaudhry as Mo, Sajal Ali as Maymouna, Oliver Chris as James, Ben Ashenden as Olly, Nosheen Phoenix as Pucci and Yassine Anaddam as Amir.

Emma Thompson and Shabana Azmi wearing sari's

Emma Thompson and Shabana Azmi. (Image credit: Studio Canal)

Is there a trailer?

Yes! You can watch the trailer below where Zoe is initially baffled by Kazim's decision to have an arranged marriage, asking him: "Dare I ask, what about love?"

She later comes up with the idea to make a film about her childhood friend as he "marries a stranger chosen by his parents" with the title Love Contractually.

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series and much-loved soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.