It's finally happening. Like, for real this time.
It's been months since we've heard anything about production on the Me & Earl & the Dying Girl film adaptation, based on the novel by Jesse Andrews. But we now have official word that the movie will start shooting in Pittsburgh THIS MONTH. In two weeks to be exact.
The film -- a wry coming-of-age story about a teenage oddball forced to befriend a classmate with cancer -- will be shot entirely in Pittsburgh, mainly in residential neighborhoods. It appears that the film's production team has been location scouting for around four weeks now.
The news was announced by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette late last night.
Filming starts June 16 on the movie, which will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who directed television shows such as “Glee” and “American Horror Story” and worked as the second unit director on “Argo” and “Babel.” The cast includes Thomas Mann (“Project X”), Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”) and Jon Bernthal (“Walking Dead”).
“We’re excited to be here,” said producer Jeremy Dawson. “We’re coming here because there are great incentives to shoot here, but also because we’re shooting a story that takes place here.”
“None of us has been here before,” said Mr. Dawson. “There are so many amazing places and landscapes, a lot of height and hills. We really want to make Pittsburgh part of the movie.”
According to the post, they're still looking to cast extras and some speaking roles for the film.
Nancy Mosser Casting is looking for people to play extras and speaking roles for the movie, particularly people 18 and over who can portray high school students. There will not be an open casting call, but those interested can register at www.mossercasting.com under “talent registration.”
Jesse Andrews, the author of the novel, also wrote the screenplay. So I trust it will be the most faithful film adaptation of a YA book yet.
Me & Earl & the Dying Girl "tells the story of Point Breeze resident Greg Gaines and his friend Earl Jackson, who attend the fictional Benson High. The pair drifts through school, analyzing cliques but not joining them, and making movies involving Greg’s cat. Greg’s mom finds him a friend, Rachel, who has been diagnosed with leukemia, and the story progresses as Rachel’s health declines."
If you have not read this book, get on it. It's like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, but with "more comedy and more profanity."