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First Look at Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley in ‘Adrift’

USA TODAYTami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and her fiancé Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) set out on what promised to be the romantic sea adventure of a lifetime in 1983.

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.

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STXfilms Sets Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin Drama for Summer Release

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.