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There are fewer more potent combinations guaranteed to induce waterworks than when young love is mixed with life-threatening illnesses. If that’s what you need to let the tears flow freely, it’s been a while since A Walk to Remember or The Fault in Our Stars and your reservoir is probably backed up. Fear not, Five Feet Apart has you covered because the trailer for the romance looks like a real tearjerker. Check it out:
So, these two are totally doomed right? This trailer is playing on your emotions hard, showing the desperate situation Stella and Will are in with their cystic fibrosis and the restrictions of their disease. But it also features the sparks flying between them would make them want to risk their very lives just to be closer to one another.
Judging by the trailer, the chemistry between the two leads is palpable, Riverdale's Cole Sprouse as the defeatist rulebreaker and The Edge of Seventeen's Haley Lu Richardson as the eternal optimist, determined to do everything right and trying to help others along the way. This chemistry is crucial to audiences investing in their romance, and connecting with Five Feet Apart in the way that they did for something like The Fault in Our Stars-- which was hugely successful.
As the trailer goes on we see that Stella pulls Will out of his malaise and gives him a reason to fight and to live, while he causes her to bend her own rules in a desire to gain some agency in her life. It looks like an incredibly sweet and uplifting story that will probably see audiences shed a few happy tears before what I imagine will be a tragic ending.
Five Feet Apart is the narrative feature debut for director Justin Baldoni who is also an actor on Jane the Virgin. The film is written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. That writing duo has another film hitting theaters this year, one from the opposite end of the genre spectrum, the terrifying looking horror film The Curse of La Llorona.
Unlike The Fault in Our Stars, which was based on John Green’s book, Five Feet Apart was developed simultaneously as a YA novel according to Publishers Weekly. Rachael Lippincott adapted Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’ screenplay into the novel, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list. So if you want to prepare your tear ducts by reading the book first, it is available.
Five Feet Apart arrives in theaters on March 15. I don’t imagine tissues are included with the price of admission so plan accordingly. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all of the movies you can look forward to this year and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest trailers and movie news.