Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.
Initial release: March 15, 2019 (USA)
Director: Justin Baldoni
Based on: Five Feet Apart; by Rachael Lippincott
Screenplay: Tobias Iaconis, Mikki Daughtry
Producers: Justin Baldoni, Cathy Schulman
Film synopsis :
An upcoming romantic drama about two young people with cystic fibrosis is angering some in the community. Though the film aims to raise awareness of the life-shortening genetic disease, a number of advocates say it could do more harm than good.
The directorial debut of Jane the Virgin actor Justin Baldoni, Five Feet Apart stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse as cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital who fall in love but aren’t allowed physical contact with each other due to their disease. The film’s title comes from the “six foot rule,” a guideline set by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that says two patients must be kept at a minimum of six feet (two meters) apart to minimize the risk of cross infection.
|Directed by||Justin Baldoni|
|Based on||Five Feet Apart
by Rachael Lippincott
|Music by||Brian Tyler
|Cinematography||Frank G. DeMarco|
|Edited by||Angela M. Catanzaro|
|Distributed by||CBS Films
This March, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse will surely tug at your heartstrings with the release of their new film, Five Feet Apart. They play Stella and Will, two teens who fall in love while dealing with their respective battles with cystic fibrosis. As the trailer teases, you will definitely cry more than once, get swept off your feet, and yes, be entranced every time Cole strokes his luscious hair.
The film follows Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), two teenage cystic fibrosis patients who fall in love. Due to their mutual illness, the pair must remain six feet apart from each other at all times.
Moises Arias, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Claire Forlani, Emily Baldoni, Elena Satine, Gary Weeks and Sophia Bernard round out the cast. The film was directed by Justin Baldoni and is based on the Rachel Lippincott novel of the same name, with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis adapting the book for the big screen.
The trailer opens with Will introducing himself to Stella. After Nurse Barb (Hebert Gregory) interrupts and tells the two to remain six feet apart, Stella says, “Let me guess. You’re the kind of guy that ignores the rules cause it makes you feel in control. Am I right?”
In a vlog, Stella explains that her lung function is down to 35 percent. A montage shows the nurse sorting out medication and Stella walking down a hallway and putting on a face mask when she sees Will.
“People with cystic fibrosis aren’t supposed to get within six feet because we could end up catching each other’s bacteria,” Stella explains. Due to the fact that she is waiting for a lung transplant, Stella makes sure to take care of herself.
While Stella takes her health regimen seriously, Will believes that they’re “breathing borrowed air.” She then requests to see his regimen and volunteers to do her treatments with him to ensure that he takes his health seriously.
The two eventually develop feelings for each other and decide to go on a date, though the six-feet separation rule proves to be a challenge.
Later in the trailer, Stella sees the implications of Will’s B. Cepacia infection. “Catch his infection and you can kiss new lungs goodbye,” Barbs tells her.
“This whole time I’ve been living for my treatments instead of doing my treatments so I can live,” Stella says in a voiceover as a montage plays of her and Will bonding.
Will later watches one of Stella vlogs that shows her explain that she has cut 12 inches off of the six-foot separation rule. “After all the CF has stolen from me, I don’t mind stealing something back,” she says. “One foot. Just one foot closer.”
Five Feet Apart will be in theaters March 15. Watch the full trailer above.
Richardson has her plate full with work and oh, planning for a wedding that might not happen for a while. In 2018, Richardson and her longtime beau, Jane the Virgin actor Brett Dier, announced their engagement after Richardson popped the question. “We’ve been together for seven years. We just want to take our time.
We’re still not used to the word fiancé. It’s so pretentious in saying it. Neither of us are used to it. We still call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. We’re just engaged. And I love Brett. And we’ll get married one day.”