Emilia Clarke & Sam Claflin Team for Adaptation of 'Me Before You'
Next year we'll see "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke get into some big screen action in Terminator: Genisys, and Sam Claflin will reprise his charismatic role as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I this fall. Now Deadline reports the two British stars have landed the lead roles in Me Before You, the adaptation of Jojo Moyes novel of the same name that MGM and Warner Bros. have set for a release in August of 2015. Tom Hiddleston was mentioned to be in the running for the male lead when he was being courted for the remake of Ben-Hur, but it sounds like Claflin won out in the end. Read on!
The film focuses on a small-town girl (Clarke) caught between dead-end jobs, and Will (Claflin), a success all his life who finds himself wheelchair-bound after an accident. He finds no reason to live until they meet when he hires her as his caretaker for six months, and she becomes determined to prove to him life is worth living as they set off on adventures together. The script was written by the author herself but has since been rewritten by (500) Days Of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, so this sounds very promising. These two are on the verge of being big stars if they can prove their worth outside of their respective breakthrough roles, and this could certainly help.
As for the director, we have a new female filmmaker entering the fray with a background in TV and theater. Thea Sharrock has directed the miniseries "The Hollow Crown" (which maybe not-so-coincidentally starred Tom Hiddleston) and the series "Call the Midwife" for the BBC, not to mention directing some big screen actors on stage like Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley and the upcoming production of Darrow starring Kevin Spacey. Will she be able to make the jump to the big screen smoothly and join the small group of successful female filmmakers? We certainly hope so.