‘If I Stay’ Prologue Trailer: Chloë Grace Moretz Must Make an Impossible Choice

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Today’s new release, The Fault In Our Stars, isn’t the only young adult tearjerker novel adaptation opening in theaters this year; near the end of August, Warner Bros. will unleash If I Stay, for those who cannot resist a poignant teenage coming of age story.

A new trailer has been released for the latter (see above) – no doubt to coincide with the arrival of Fault in Our Stars – with the film’s lead, Chloë Grace Moretz narrating the prologue from Gayle Forman’s source novel, accompanied by footage (much of it recycled from the first trailer) and part of M83′s “Outro” – a tune which, you might recall, was also used in the trailer for Cloud Atlas a couple years back (to similar moving, heartstring-tugging effect).

Forman’s book and its cinematic counterpart alike, both revolve around seventeen year-old Mia Hall (Moretz), a musician who dreams of attending Juilliard, but also finds herself conflicted over her future plans once she falls in love with fellow musician Adam (Jamie Blackley). However, when a car accident leaves her family dead and Mia in a coma, our young protagonist undergoes an out of body experience, while debating a far more difficult question – to stay behind and salvage her broken life, or move on to whatever comes next, after she leaves the world of the living.

if i stay chloe grace moretz If I Stay Prologue Trailer: Chloë Grace Moretz Must Make an Impossible Choice

The If I Stay movie script was penned by screenwriter/novelist Shauna Cross, who’s proven to have a talent for offering noteworthy variations on familiar coming of age tropes (especially, in stories featuring a female protagonist), with her previous scripts for Taking 5 and Whip It – the latter being based on Cross’ own book, “Derby Girl”, no less.

Similarly, Moretz has demonstrated great versatility, when it comes to portraying adolescent characters (see: the Kick-Ass movies, Carrie) – and looks to continue doing so, both with If I Stay and, later this year, with her Jodie Foster Taxi Driver-inspired teen prostitute role in The Equalizer opposite Denzel Washington. Director R.J. Cutler, by comparison, has a background primarily rooted in TV shows/documentaries (see: American High, Nashville) – which is to say, he’s a bit of a wild card here. Everyone has to start somewhere, though, so should If I Stay turn out well, then it might better establish Cutler’s name on the map.

Rounding out the If I Stay cast are such folk as Stacy Keach (Nebraska), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Joshua Leonard (True Detective), and Liana Liberato (Stuck in Love).


If I Stay opens in U.S. theaters on August 22nd, 2014.

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  1. Really glad to see these CGM projects taking off. Got a soft spot for her ever since she became Hit Girl.

  2. BIG fan of Chloe..

  3. Good to see her not playing another lolita rol-

    *30 seconds into the video*



  4. Will see because I love CGM

    also love dat song, the one that is also from the cloud atlas trailer. F*ckin awesome song

  5. this kind of feels like that movie that came out 4-5 years ago about a kid who was beaten to near death [by a girl] and he’s a [sort of] ghost trying to get someone to find his body. cant remember the name of it, but it has that same kind of feel to it, although he wasnt trying to decide, he wanted to live.

    • Or a little like “The Lovely Bones”.

    • Jeffro – I think you’re thinking of ‘The Invisible’, Which I thought was half-way decent. This one however, is another story. I thought the book this movie is based off of was terrible. Easily in the top 3 worst books I’ve read in the last 5 years. Hope the movie doesn’t suck as much as the books did.