6:12 pm - 09/02/2014

GOT’s Emilia Clarke, ‘Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin To Star In MGM’s ‘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 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.

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.

cheeseasauras 3rd-Sep-2014 12:21 am (UTC)
i havent seen the hunger games but he's beautiful
chicaintcheap 3rd-Sep-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
he's so ugly in catching fire, it's crazy. he's so hot in POTC, I couldn't believe it was the same actor.
biglittlebitch 3rd-Sep-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
He requires scruff and dirt to look hot, no lie
jellycar 3rd-Sep-2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Ooh this really does sound promising. We always need more diversity in filmmaking.

Plus I love Sam and Emilia too.
false_hate 3rd-Sep-2014 12:23 am (UTC)
This book gutted me.
cruel_bitch0808 3rd-Sep-2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
I cried for days
aryastarkx 3rd-Sep-2014 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm really glad that Emilia is the breakout star of GoT. Her acting is pretty impressive and I'm happy that she's getting all of this exposure.
winniechili 3rd-Sep-2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Is she? I don't watch GoT but I go into posts sometimes and people are always saying she sucks lol
bitchwhisperer 3rd-Sep-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
floika 3rd-Sep-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
kashiyaek 3rd-Sep-2014 12:53 pm (UTC)

soyymilk 3rd-Sep-2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
most people on here think she's a horrible actress but ia i think she has her strong points.
arnaudian 3rd-Sep-2014 12:30 am (UTC)
they are both terrible actors
iamalreadyinuse 3rd-Sep-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
I only read the first 50ish pages of this book. it seemed really depressing.
cruel_bitch0808 3rd-Sep-2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
It really is but it's a good book
filmstudent23 3rd-Sep-2014 12:33 am (UTC)
I actually wanted Hiddles for this, but whatever! He's cute too...
biglittlebitch 3rd-Sep-2014 12:36 am (UTC)

Edited at 2014-09-03 12:38 am (UTC)
biglittlebitch 3rd-Sep-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
(I'm still pissed she won the Terminator role over Tatiana Maslany)
ebenetwo 3rd-Sep-2014 12:58 am (UTC)
How Tatiana Maslany is not winning all the roles created for mankind and their clones will always piss me off
rainstormraider 3rd-Sep-2014 07:17 am (UTC)
Is there seriously something shady in TV-Land? Why is Tatiana not ever nominated either?
floika 3rd-Sep-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Say what?!
dreamformula 3rd-Sep-2014 03:20 am (UTC)
WHAT? omg I'm seriously shocked as to how this happened lol
jodes4000 3rd-Sep-2014 12:55 am (UTC)
I loved this book. They're not what I pictured but I'll prolly end up seeing this.
ilouboutin 3rd-Sep-2014 01:11 am (UTC)
This has been on my book list forever but it sounds so depressing.
twizzler_11 3rd-Sep-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Sam in anything but HG, but he's so sweet and charismatic in his interviews so I hope he does well.

I do hate him for the moment though because I decided to read Love, Rosie over the last few weeks as a last, quick summer read because he's in the movie coming out soon based on the book and the trailer looked cute enough. Blegh - what a waste. Hopefully the movie is better.
hateistoodark 3rd-Sep-2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Y'll mean as hell but i want Emilia to do well
firefoxyk 3rd-Sep-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
This book broke my heart :(

Sam would be amazing in this though
milern 3rd-Sep-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
I absolutely love Emilia, her personality is fun, and while I never had any problems with her acting as Dany on GOT... After watching her live performance of Holly (Breakfast a Tiffany's)last year on Broadway. I am legit scared to watch her in anything else...
_pinkpornstar_ 3rd-Sep-2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm assuming she's getting these roles because of her GOT popularity because it sure as hell isn't her acting talent.
sweet_shaleen 3rd-Sep-2014 05:23 am (UTC)
I find it funny that after GOT season 3, she was the breakout/on-the-rise star and it all went away after a year. She almost vanished.
prophecypro 3rd-Sep-2014 06:59 am (UTC)
Props to Emilia getting more roles
rainstormraider 3rd-Sep-2014 07:19 am (UTC)
I'm excited to see this.
cugumela 3rd-Sep-2014 08:59 am (UTC)
I cried so hard at the end of the book
paradayto 3rd-Sep-2014 09:56 am (UTC)
get it emilia sis <3
cruel_bitch0808 3rd-Sep-2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
This book crushed my soul. I never cried so much reading a book in my life
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