WB and MGM start production on The Sun Is Also a Star
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer have announced production officially began today on The Sun Is Also a Star, based on the acclaimed bestseller. Check out the full photo from the in the gallery!
College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love? With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.
A modern-day story about finding love against all odds, The Sun Is Also a Star explores whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe. The film stars Yara Shahidi (Black-ish) as Natasha and Charles Melton (Riverdale) as Daniel.
Directed by Ry Russo-Young (Before I Fall), the film is based on the acclaimed bestseller by Everything, Everything author Nicola Yoon. When asked about his thoughts regarding the film, Russo-Young stated, “I’m delighted to be working with Yara and Charles on this heartfelt love story, which is both timeless and timely. Nicola Yoon has given us a beautiful story to tell and we all couldn’t be more excited to make the streets of New York City, where I grew up not that long ago, our stage for the next few weeks. I fell in love with these characters and I know Yara and Charles will bring them alive and make this movie their own. I can’t wait to see what they do.”
The Sun Is Also a Star has been on the New York Times bestseller list since its release, and has received multiple accolades, including: 2016 National Book Award Finalist; Amazon’s Best Book of 2016 in YA; Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books of 2016 in YA; the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016; and Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Books of 2016. Author Nicola Yoon is excited that the novel is being adapted for the big screen: “I’m beyond thrilled this movie is being made! This book is deeply personal to me and Yara and Charles are the perfect choice to bring Natasha and Daniel’s story to life on the big screen.”
Russo-Young directs from a screenplay by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip). The film’s producers are Elysa Koplovitz Dutton and Leslie Morgenstein, who served as producers on Everything, Everything. Tracy Oliver and Pamela Hirsch serve as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Autumn Durald (Teen Spirit), production designer Wynn Thomas (Hidden Figures), editor Joe Landauer (Before I Fall), and costume designer Deirdra Govan (Sorry to Bother You).
An Alloy Entertainment production, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ The Sun Is Also a Star is due in theaters May 17, 2019.