The movie version of Nicola Yoon’s novel Everything, Everything has been revealed — telling the story of a girl with no place in the outside world who is still trying her best to reach into it.
Suddenly, there’s someone reaching back.
Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games and Macey Irving on TV’s Sleepy Hollow) stars as Madeline Whittier, an 18-year-old who has been isolated for practically her entire life due to an immunodeficiency disease that makes everything beyond her disinfected home a threat to her life.
Madeline makes this closed-off life more tolerable through her drawings and writing, imagining herself in places far beyond her own walls. Yoon’s book is bursting with illustrations, diary entries, and hand-made charts about what she imagines kissing to be like.
The girl is tended to by her strict, doctor mother (Anika Noni Rose, Dreamgirls) and a sympathetic nurse, Carla (Ana de la Reguera, Narcos.) Her mother wants to protect her at all costs, which means keeping her locked away, even from temptation. Carla doesn’t see much harm in letting a little bit of the world in, as long as it’s safe.
But “safe” maybe isn’t the right word for the new neighbor, a teen named Olly (Nick Robinson, Jurassic World.) It’s not that he’s threatening. How dangerous can a boy with a bundt cake be? It’s the yearning to venture further with him that could prove deadly for Madeline.
“It’s kind of an odd book. My biggest concern was would the movie be able to capture the spirit of Maddie, writing these reviews, and drawing, and being trapped in her house but being okay with that,” says Yoon, who saw the finished movie just three days ago.
The author also swooned over the trailer’s music, especially Naughty Boy’s “Runnin’ (Losing It All),” which features Beyonce and Arrow Benjamin. “I’m a ridiculous Beyonce fan. When I saw that, I was like: ‘Okay, I’m done. My life, my career is all set. I actually don’t need to do anything else now,’” Yoon says.
The movie was directed by Stella Meghie (Jean of the Joneses) with a screenplay by J. Mills Goodloe (The Best of Me). MGM and Warner Bros. will release Everything, Everything on May 19.
Check out the trailer below: