Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Me Before You stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.
“Me Before You is anchored by strong, authentic performances by its two leads, letting the touching and thought-provoking story play out in an often funny, often tearful fashion,” said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “We are excited that the film is the latest recipient of the Truly Moving Picture Award.”
Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.
The film also stars Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds”), Charles Dance (“The Imitation Game”), Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”), Stephen Peacocke (“Hercules”), Matthew Lewis (the “Harry Potter” films), Jenna Coleman (“Dr. Who”), Samantha Spiro (“From Hell”), Vanessa Kirby (“About Time”).
Sharrock directs from a screenplay by Jojo Moyes, based on her book. The film is being produced by Karen Rosenfelt (“The Twilight Saga” films, “Max”) and Alison Owen (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Suffragette”), and executive produced by Sue Baden-Powell (“Elysium,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”).
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Remi Adefarasin (“Elizabeth”), production designer Andrew McAlpine (“An Education”), editor John Wilson (“Downton Abbey”) and costume designer Jill Taylor (“My Week with Marilyn”). The music is by composer Craig Armstrong (“The Great Gatsby”).
Me Before You is a presentation of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Set for release on June 3, 2016, it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.