January 18, 2012 / 11:15 PM / 8 years ago

Fox to Release McG's 'This Means War' on Valentine's Day

"War" is coming sooner than expected.

20th Century Fox has bumped up the release date for McG's "This Means War" by three days, the studio said Wednesday. It will now be released on Valentine's Day, which falls on a Tuesday this year.

The studio claims the release-date change is due to strong test screenings and word of mouth for the comedy-action film, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.

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“Starting Valentine's Day, we're making 'war,' not love," 20th Century Fox President of Domestic Distribution Bruce Snyder said in a statement. "We’re armed and ready with the perfect movie. This is a picture that that has it all — humor, charm, wit and action — and it plays through the roof.”

Also read: Chelsea Handler to Play Witherspoon's BFF in 'This Means War'

In the film, Pine and Hardy star as best buds who both work for the CIA. When the covert agents realize they've fallen for the same woman, played by Witherspoon, they wage an escalating war for her affection.

McG is directing "This Means War," while Will Smith and his Overbrook partner James Lassiter are producing, with Simon Kinberg and Robert Simonds. Related Articles:  Chelsea Handler to Play Witherspoon's BFF in 'This Means War' Reese Witherspoon Sent to Hospital After Being Struck by Car Reese Witherspoon to Star in West Memphis 3 Movie

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