I have updated the gallery with new production stills from Adrift.
JAKE HAMILTION – Emmy-Winner Jake Hamilton sits down to chat with the stars of ADRIFT — Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, real-life survivor Tami Ashcraft and director Baltasar Kormakur — only on JAKE’S TAKES!
But after a hurricane crippled their yacht, which the couple were delivering from Tahiti to San Diego, the trip turned into a survival tale, as depicted in Adrift (in theaters June 1). USA TODAY reveals exclusive first photos from the movie.
In Adrift, with Sharp injured in the storm, Oldham sails for 41 days to reach safety.
“The idea of portraying the life of a woman whose mere inner strength and sheer willpower carried her through one of the most treacherous situations one could face as a human being was so extremely moving to me,” says Woodley, who learned to sail for the sea story.
Oldham wrote about the ordeal in her 1998 book, Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea. The New Zealand-based Adrift crew spent more than five weeks shooting on the open sea.
“Every single stunt you see in the film where Sam or I are in the ocean is really us in the deep sea,” says Woodley. “Honestly, it was the most fun I’ve ever had filming.”
Director Baltasar Kormákur, who has helmed adventure stories such as 2015’s Everest, says the romantic tale takes a big turn when it becomes an Oldham-led survival epic.
“First of all, we don’t have many survival stories where the survivor is a young woman or a woman at all,” says Kormákur. “How the story intertwines the love between Richard and Tami and the survival tale is compelling. And it asks us the question, ‘What is it that makes us survivors?’ ”
Woodley, set to return for the second season of award-winning Big Little Lies, says she was inspired meeting the real Oldham.
“I learned that in spite of any adversity or trauma Tami has faced in her life, she has chosen to embrace the gift of simply living — the gift of being alive,” Woodley says.
COMING SOON – STXfilms sets a summer release date for Adrift starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin
STXfilms today announced that the upcoming film Adrift has been set for June 1, 2018. Starring Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent films) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games films), Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. The June 1 date currently has the film opening by itself. The week before marks the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the week after has Ocean’s Eight and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? opening.
As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved.
Adrift is directed by Baltasar Kormákur from a screenplay by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, and David Branson Smith, based on the book Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart. The film is produced by Baltasar Kormákur, Aaron Kandell, and Jordan Kandell.
Woodley is known for her work in the Divergent series of films. She played the lead in the young adult drama The Fault in Our Stars, and appeared in The Descendants. She played a role in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager and is currently starring in the HBO drama Big Little Lies.
Claflin is known for his work in films like the final three Hunger Games films, Me Before You with Emilia Clarke, Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He’s appeared in the TV miniseries White Heat and the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. He played a role in the TV series Any Human Heart.
On October 6, Sam attended the premiere of Journey’s End at the BFI London Film Festival! It was so great to see Sam out. He looked so handsome. High quality photos have been added to the gallery, enjoy!
Tonight was the world premiere of My Cousin Rachel in London, England. I have updated the gallery with HQ photos from the premiere. Enjoy!
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COMING SOON – ComingSoon.net has your first look at an exclusive clip from Fox Searchlight‘s upcoming drama My Cousin Rachel, starring Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Lobster, The Light Between Oceans). Check out the My Cousin Rachel clip in the player below!
A dark and layered romance, My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious and beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. His feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling helplessly and obsessively in love with her.
Weisz is joined in the film by Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2), Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, The Borgias), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), and Pierfrancesco Favino (Marco Polo, Night at the Museum).
Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier novel, the film is directed and written by Roger Michell (Hyde Park on Hudson, Notting Hill, Morning Glory). The film opens in theaters on June 9, 2017.
VARIETY – “Me Before You” and “Hunger Games” star Sam Claflin is in negotiations to join Shailene Woodley in STX Entertaiment’s survival drama “Adrift,” sources tell Variety.
Miles Teller was initially in talks to reunite with his “Divergent” and “Spectacular Now” co-star in the movie, but passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts.
“Adrift” is written and produced by Aaron and Jordan Kandell. Baltasar Kormákur will direct and produce the film under his RVK Studios banner, with production set to begin in June.
Woodley signed on to star in “Adrift” during the Berlin Film Festival, where STX began selling rights.
“Adrift” is based on the true story of Tami Oldham, who, after being knocked unconscious by the largest hurricane in the history of the Pacific Ocean, awakens to find her fiancé Richard Sharp badly injured, their boat in ruins, and no means of communication or navigation. She must race against the clock to save herself and the only man she’s ever loved.
Claflin recently wrapped production on the Jennifer Kent thriller “Nightingale” for Bron Studios, and can be seen next in Fox Searchlight’s “My Cousin Rachel.” He is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.