At Sundance this year the film ‘Me and Earl and The Dying Girl’ was an instant hit with critics and those in attendance. At the end of the event the film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award and was picked-up by FOX Seachlight Pictures. It was a glorious installment to the festival, and this summer it will be the young-adult film everyone is talking about.
The film follows the story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.
The film was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“American Horror Story”), working off a screenplay written by Jesse Andrews. The film is an adaptation of the best-selling young-adult novel of the same name and starring Thomas Mann, (PROJECT X, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS), Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel,” OUIJA), RJ Cyler with Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” 22 JUMP STREET), Molly Shannon (“SNL,” SCARY MOVIE 4 & 5), Jon Bernthal (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, “The Walking Dead”) and Connie Britton (“Nashville,” “Friday Night Lights”).
The film is produced by Steven Rales (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, MOONRISE KINGDOM), Dan Fogelman (LAST VEGAS, CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE) and Jeremy Dawson (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, MOONRISE KINGDOM) with executive producer Nora Skinner (EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE) and co-producers Michael Sledd (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) and Jeff Sommerville (25TH HOUR).
The creative team includes director of photography Chung-hoon Chung (OLDBOY, STOKER), production designer Gerald Sullivan (ROSEWATER, THE END OF THE TOUR), editor David Trachtenberg (CASA DE MI PADRE, THE SPOILS OF BABYLON), costume designer Jennifer Eve (“American Horror Story,” “Red Band Society”), with original music by Brian Eno (THE LOVELY BONES), featuring music by Nico Muhly (KILL YOUR DARLINGS). The music supervisor is Randall Poster (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, BOYHOOD).
The film is set to release on June 12, 2015.