Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin star in Me Before You, an adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel of the same name.
Game of Thrones‘ Clarke plays Louisa, a girl in a small town who takes a job looking after a recently-paralyzed man (Claflin). The two begin to form a bond, but not before his condition threatens to worsen.
The emotion is laid on thick in the trailer below, ticking off the boxes for a weepy that will hopefully serve its target audience well. While we’re hopeful Clarke will get a big-screen leading role in a decent movie – Terminator: Genisys did no one any favours – we’re not too sure this is it. The saccharine taste is overpowering, at least in the trailer, providing unfortunate hints of ill-conceived Nicholas Sparks adaptations. Fingers crossed we’re wrong and this one ends up being an amusing, touching and wonderfully performed romance.
Me Before You, also starring Charles Dance (also from Game of Thrones), Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis and Brendan Coyle, opens in the U.S. and U.K. on June 3.
Synopsis for Me Before You:
Often times you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…
Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia 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.