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The first teen romance of 2019 is set to arrive in March with the release of Five Feet Apart, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson as star-crossed teenagers both suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. The pair fall in love but must be physically separated or risk infecting and killing the other. So, you know, we’re all going to cry.
Sprouse and Richardson play Will and Stella, teens who meet and fall in love while receiving treatment in the same hospital for CF. They video chat, speak on opposite sides of windows, and send notes, but ultimately their desire to be together could be what kills them. It’s not a teen romance if the stakes aren’t love or death, right? We’re not judging, just stating a fact. It’s a fact we’ll remember when we’re buying our popcorn on opening night. Five feet apart is also how far we’ll want to sit from our neighbour so we can ugly cry in peace.
Following in the tradition of films like The Fault In Our Stars, A Walk To Remember, Everything Everything, Here On Earth, and Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, Five Feet Apart follows the tried-and-true method of showing sick teens in love, which we can’t seem to get enough of on the big screen. This time around, the teens are both battling the same devastating disease. Twist!
Also a new take on the genre, Five Feet Apart puts the focus on Cystic Fibrosis, a disease not often represented in media (shout out to Degrassi who has featured a character with CF). The discussion of CF in the film, with the title a play on the rule that patients with Cystic Fibrosis must stay six feet from each other, has people divided, with some calling the movie an oversimplification of a serious disease, while others are happy to see the condition discussed in the mainstream. Regardless of your standpoint, we’re pretty sure you’re going to cry.
Five Feet Apart will be the first film role for Sprouse in almost a decade. The actor, who is best known for his role on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and as Jughead Jones on Riverdale, made his film debut opposite Adam Sandler in 1999 in Big Daddy and went on to do small film roles for the next decade before transitioning to TV and taking a break from acting. As for Richardson, she’s been amassing an impressive resume, with starring roles in Columbus and The Edge of Seventeen.
Five Feet Apart is set to be released on March 15.