READ MORE: Sundance Review: Why ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Makes Quirky Teen Comedies Appealing Again
After winning both the Audience and Jury Prize and this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” looks to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Oscar-winning sensation “Whiplash.”
The festival smash, from Emmy-nominated director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“American Horror Story”), received critical acclaim as a warmly emotional look at life and death, as seen through a trio of adolescents.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” centers on 17-year-old Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), whose immense self-consciousness crushes any desire to form lasting relationships. His sole companion is his coworker Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he’s been making whimsical adaptations of classic films since childhood. While Greg just wants to make it through his senior year as inconspicuously as possible, his mother (Connie Britton) soon tramples on his plans to maintain a friendly distance when she insists that he spend time with Rachel, a classmate recently diagnosed with leukemia. He reluctantly agrees, and a grudging, clumsy first encounter quickly blossoms into a relationship that he never imagined he could participate in.
Rave reviews led to a sweep in Park City earlier this year, and now, a first trailer has dropped for the anticipated tragicomedy. Melancholic and with an expert balance of comedy and drama, the trailer certainly hints at the deeply-felt tearjerker that early reviews promised.
Watch the full trailer above. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” hits theaters on June 12.