Monday, November 4, 2013

If I Stay: First look at Mia's rocker parents

                 
The first images from the set of If I Stay via their tumblr show Mireille Enos as Cat and Joshua Leonard as Denny, Mia's rocker parents in their wedding photo. 

Since my first "If I Stay" post in August, the screen adaptation of Gayle Forman's popular YA thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Mireille Enos has gotten underway; the film started shooting last week in Vancouver.

Jamie Blackley has been set in the role as Adam, Mia's musician beau

Answering our remaining casting questions, the roles of Mia's rock n' roll boyfriend Adam Wilde will be played by Jamie Blackley(“Snow White and The Huntsmen”), Liana Liberato (Stuck in Love) has been cast as 'her sharp and sarky best friend' Kim Schein, her little brother Teddy —who may or may not have died in the accident— will be played by Jakob Davies, a pretty cute young Canadian actor who is also playing young Hector in the screen adaptation of Hector and The Search for Happiness. The role of Mia's rocker dad Denny Hall, will be played by Joshua Leonard, seen above with Enos in one of the just released production photos. Fingers crossed they'll continue to share!

R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue," “Nashville”) directs from a script by Shauna Cross (What To Expect When You're Expecting).  John DeBoorman (An Education, Serendipity, Half a Yellow Sun) is the cinematographer.

Here's the official synopsis for the film from MGM
"The film follows Mia (Moretz), who at age 16 has everything: a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music. Suddenly, a family drive on a snowy day changes everything. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, Mia spends one critical day contemplating her destiny, which is now more unknowable than ever. Is her soul mate’s love enough to keep her here? Tragic but ultimately hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and uplifting story about music, life and love."

If I Stay author Gayle Forman (above) is completely onboard as Executive Producer and is understandably jazzed. And confident with what the filmmakers have in mind. In an interview with Hypable, Forman had this to say - 
“the characters and story are in such good hands now that I’m not as protective of that as you might think.”
And confided she had no plans to follow in John Green's footsteps and take on a cameo as Green did in The Fault in Our Stars. (And as numerous authors have done including Kaui Hart Hemmings in The Descendants, playing secretary to George Clooney's Matt King)

You can follow Foreman on twitter at  and at her Tumblr "Gezellig"

And here's the book overview from B&N ... 
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time. 

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