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'Me Before You' director Thea Sharrock talks British class, casting challenges

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Thea Sharrock, the 30-something theater director with an impressive résumé that includes directing Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, Danny DeVito in Sunshine Boys, and Tom Hiddleston in the BBC miniseries The Hollow Crown, has set her eyes on Hollywood, signing a deal this week with MGM to direct Jojo Moyes best-selling novel Me Before You.

The distinctly British novel — about Louisa Clark, a lower-class woman working a dead-end job in a small town who begins caring for former high-powered banker Will Traynor after he’s paralyzed in a car accident — is the kind of book you’ll read in a weekend. And it’s one with a rabid fanbase that began in its country of origin and slowly spread to the U.S. Now, it’s the book you’ll find at your book club, an unconventional love story that you want to talk about immediately after finishing.

It’s a story Sharrock understood immediately, especially Moyes’ character depictions. READ FULL STORY

MGM snags rights to British writer Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel 'Me Before You'

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, continuing efforts to ramp up its slate, has grabbed the feature film rights to British writer Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel Me Before You, the studio announced Tuesday.

The book follows a small-town girl named Lou caught between dead-end jobs, according to an MGM press release, and a high-profile guy named Will who becomes wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will, despondent about his situation, is paired with Lou as his new caretaker, and they affect each other’s lives.
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