Daenerys Targaryen, Finnick Odair, Clara Oswald, Tywin Lannister, Neville Longbottom, & Mr. Bates

Otherwise known as Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, and Brendan Coyle – the stars of Me Before You.

The film is directed by Thea Sharrock with a screenplay from Jojo Moyes who also wrote the best-selling novel, Me Before You. Here’s the summary:

Often times you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…

Louisa “Lou” Clark (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.

I can’t remember the last time I watched a film with a lead character in a wheelchair so this is nice to see. (Though I haven’t read the book so I can’t speak to how the issue is handled.) I’d still love to see more actors with disabilities getting roles in major films and television shows too.

(via USA Today)

3 Responses to “Daenerys Targaryen, Finnick Odair, Clara Oswald, Tywin Lannister, Neville Longbottom, & Mr. Bates”

  1. WheelchairNinja says:

    Hurm… A year ago I’d have thought this was great, but since then I’ve learned so much about disability. It’s great to have representation in movies, but is this the kind of representation we want? A TAB actor playing a disabled man who’s taught how to enjoy life again by an able-bodied woman (not to mention the whole “falling in love with his carer” thing)? It doesn’t sit well with me, but I have to keep doing the whole What About Bob? “baby steps” thing and reminding myself that real change takes a long time. Let’s try to look on the bright side: if this film at least shows the typical romance movie viewer that disabled people actually can have sex that’ll be a really good thing.

    • WheelchairNinja says:

      Wait, it’s another effing “the disabled person ‘bravely’ ends their life” movie? Eff that.

  2. PhaedraHPS says:

    My cynical side says: rich man meets manic pixie dream girl. Again.