Sunday, 14 September 2014

Emilia Clarke set for Me Before You

MGM is hoping it can wrangle the next big book adaptation drama with a film based on Jojo Moyes' 2012 bestseller Me Before You. A crucial part of a film like this is finding the leads, and the company currently has Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) in negotiations.

Me Before You boasts a first-draft script by Moyes that has since seen new work from The Fault In Our Stars duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, with Thea Sharrock (The Hollow Green) on board to direct.

The story follows small-town girl Lou, who has been drifting between dead-end jobs until she meets Will, a successful type who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. He's contemplating suicide until he hires her as his caretaker, and she becomes convinced that she can prove to him that life is worth living, sparking a series of adventures.

Clarke, of course, spends months of the year wrangling dragons and ruling kingdoms on Game Of Thrones. She'll next be seen on the big screen in Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys as Sarah Connor. Claflin has The Riot Club due on 19 September, followed by Love, Rosie on 22 October and the just slightly anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which is set for release on 20 November.

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