Emily Blunt On The ‘Modern Love Story’ And ‘Ominous Sci-Fi Backdrop In ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

Philip K. Dick has blessed the world with alien conspiracies, machines and humans that can predict the future, and one iconic android bounty hunter. The latest movie based on his work, “The Adjustment Bureau,” starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, might give us the first big screen Dickian love story – a tender romance hidden within a sci-fi candy shell.

“It’s like a modern love story, but it’s got an ominous sci-fi backdrop to it,” Blunt told MTV News during a break in shooting on location in New York City. “It’s going to be exciting and disconcerting and strange, which is what I like about [Dick’s] work. It’s very cool and clever. It’s got a really tight script.”

If you want to know everything there is to know about the storyline, a simple Google search for Dick’s short story, on which the movie is based, will sate your spoiler-y needs. All I’ll say is this: Damon plays a rising star politician who falls for Blunt’s professional ballerina and, this being a sci-fi mindbender, nothing is quite as it seems. Inexplicable forces intervene to keep them apart in a story that seems to have shades of “The Matrix,” “The Truman Show” and “Dark City.” Yet for all its admirable plot geekery, “Adjustment Bureau” is a character-driven story that keeps its focus on Damon and Blunt’s stumbling, can-they-make-it-work-when-the-universe-is-literally-against-them relationship.

“The term soulmates is used so casually, but in this case, in this film, it is true,” Blunt explained. “They are sort of destined to be together and they fight fate to be together.”

Though the film is written and directed by “Bourne Ultimatum” scribe George Nolfi, expect Damon to be less super-skilled action star and more scrambling everyman. The bulk of the training fell to Blunt. “Matt’s thrilled because this time it’s me who’s been thrust into the month of training, because I play a dancer in it, which is kind of arduous training seeing as I’ve never bloody danced before. And Matt is actually thrilled that for the first time it’s me who has to do that kind of thing and he’s got off scot free.”

All that preparation doesn’t mean Blunt will be the film’s action star. And after having to drop out of the role of Black Widow in “Iron Man 2″ back in March, Blunt is looking forward to a chance in the future to throw some punches. “I really would love to do a movie where I kick ass!” she laughed. “I’m not doing any wire work or anything [in ’Adjustment Bureau’], so I’m bitterly disappointed!”