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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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Sam Claflin on ‘Journey’s End’ and playing “damaged” characters

SCREENDAILY – For Sam Claflin, it was seeing Journey’s End on the stage that first ignited his passion to play the role of young First World War officer Captain Stanhope. The Suffolk-born actor was in his second year at London acting school Lamda when students in the graduating year presented the 1928 RC Sherriff play.

I just remember being completely spellbound,” says Claflin. “Being completely in awe, not only of the performances, but the story and the characters and the relationships and the world that was created. I remember sitting there in the audience thinking, ‘I have to do this play. I have to somehow find a way of doing this professionally.’”

That chance seemed to come when theatre director David Grindley, who had mounted a successful version of the play in 2004, sounded out Claflin about starring in a revival. “We sat in the Groucho, and I was basically swearing, very excited,” recalls the actor. “But we couldn’t. I was in the middle of doing The Hunger Games. There was an array of scheduling conflicts.”

Instead, the 2010 Screen International Star of Tomorrow became attached to a film version, adapted by Simon Reade and produced by Reade and Guy de Beaujeu — who had previously collaborated on the 2012 film version of Michael Morpurgo’s First World War novel Private Peaceful. After two years of rather tentative momentum, the film finally came together for a pre-Christmas shoot in 2016, with Saul Dibb, whose credits include The Duchess and Suite Francaise, in the director’s chair.

Sherriff’s play is set in an officer’s bunker beneath a British trench in northern France in the spring of 1918. The men of C-company, commanded by Stanhope, are in the front line, and braced for an imminent German attack. The battle-weary Stanhope hits the whisky bottle to get him through each night, and suffers shame and angry self-loathing when his degeneration is witnessed by teenage officer Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), a younger boy who idolised him at school and who is placed into the company for his very first posting. Reade in fact based his adaptation partly on Sherriff’s later novel version, which opens out the action beyond the dugout without sacrificing its claustrophobic essence.
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“My Cousin Rachel” Promotionals, BTS, & Production Stills
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“My Cousin Rachel” Promotionals, BTS, & Production Stills

The release of My Cousin Rachel is getting closer! I have added new promotional photos, production stills, and a behind the scenes photo to the gallery. Thank you to my friend Kaci at Jimmi Simpson Fan for help with some photos!

Their Finest Update: Production Stills and Behind The Scenes
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Their Finest Update: Production Stills and Behind The Scenes

I have updated our gallery adding the latest production stills and behind the scenes photo from Sam’s upcoming movie Their Finest! Hopefully we can get these new stills in high quality soon!

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New “Their Finest” Production Stills & Poster
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New “Their Finest” Production Stills & Poster

I have updated the gallery with new production stills Their Finest along with a new poster. Enjoy! Also, be sure to check out Gemma Arterton Online to see photos of Sam’s co-star in the film.

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First Look at Sam Claflin in “Journey’s End”

SCREEN DAILY – Screen can reveal the first production still of Sam Claflin in World War One drama Journey’s End, of which Metro International will show first footage at next week’s EFM in Berlin.

Director Saul Dibb’s adaptation of R.C Sheriff’s classic play about trench warfare follows young recruit Raleigh (Asa Butterfield) who pulls strings to join his childhood friend and hero Captain Stanhope (Claflin) on the front line.

However, a much-changed Stanhope is horrified by Raleigh’s arrival given that they are anticipating a massive German advance.

Also starring are Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, and Tom Sturridge.

Simon Reade’s screenplay also draw’s on Sheriff’s novel co-written with author Vernon Bartlett. Guy de Beaujeu is producing with Reade through their production company, Fluidity Films.

The production is financed by the BFI, Fluidity Films, British Film Company, Metro International, Ingenious, The Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and uMedia.

“Any Human Heart” Promotional & Episode Stills
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“Any Human Heart” Promotional & Episode Stills

As I said, I will be working on adding more to the gallery to make it more complete. I’ve added high quality promotional images and episode stills of Sam from one if his first television series in 2010, Any Human Heart. Sam played the young Logan Mountstuart. I hope you’ll enjoy these photos!