The Sun is Also a Star trailer brings the popular YA romance novel to life as a film starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton. While the YA dystopia craze has seemingly ended, other genres of YA literature continue to make their way to the big screen. Last year, YA books-turned movies Love, Simon and The Hate U Give became critical darlings, as did Netflix's adaptations of YA best-sellers To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Dumplin'. A wide variety of YA titles are getting the film treatment in 2019 too, including romance stories like Five Feet Apart and The Sun is Also a Star.
Based on the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), The Sun is Also a Star features Black-ish's Shahidi as Natasha Kingsley, a Jamaican-born New Yorker whose family is on the verge of being deported from the U.S. However, on what could be her last day in the place she calls home, Natasha encounters a college-bound young man named Daniel Bae (Riverdale's Melton) and the pair immediately spark a connection. The film's marketing is officially getting underway now, ahead of its release in theaters this May.
The trailer for The Sun is Also a Star has been released online, and can be viewed in the space below. Shahidi and Melton are joined in the film's cast by names like Jake Choi (Single Parents) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce), in addition to up and comers like Camrus Johnson (who was recently cast in The CW's Batwoman series pilot).
Judging by its trailer, Shahidi and Melton have good chemistry in The Sun is Also a Star, and their onscreen romance should be all the more convincing for it. The film itself was written by Tracy Oliver and directed by Ry Russo-Young, the latter of whom has experience working on romantic YA genre fare, having directed an episode of Marvel's Cloak and Dagger TV series. Oliver also wrote this year's Big-inspired comedy Little and is developing The First Wive's Club TV series, so she's clearly going places following her breakout effort co-writing the hit comedy Girls Trip. All in all, Yoon's source material seems to be in safe hands, on both sides of the camera. That's encouraging to know, in light of the sensitive and timely topics (race and immigration in the U.S.) that the original story deals with.
As far as its box office prospects go, The Sun is Also a Star seems to be in good shape. The film opens in the U.S. this May, but is targeting a different crowd than its opening weekend competitors (A Dog's Journey, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum) and shouldn't get lost in the fray when it arrives. No doubt, the movie will further benefit from having Shahidi and Melton playing its leads. The pair are relative unknowns in the larger world of Hollywood, but have growing fanbases - thanks to their work on television - and only stand to increase their popularity, in the event that The Sun is Also a Star becomes a success.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) release date: May 17, 2019