Me Earl and The Dying Girl Cast Interviews

Cast interviews w/ RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke and Thomas Mann for Me Earl and The Dying Girl.

Segment Producer/Host Jamaal Finkley

Edit by Jalen Coleman

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film

Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg

(Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper

relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.  He

even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies

of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie

Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been

diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

Fox Searchlight Pictures and Indian Paintbrush present, a Rhode Island Ave. Production,

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“American

Horror Story”), screenplay by Jesse Andrews, based on his best-selling young-adult novel of the

same name and starring Thomas Mann, (PROJECT X, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH

HUNTERS), Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel,” OUIJA), RJ Cyler with Nick Offerman (“Parks and

Recreation,” 22 JUMP STREET), Molly Shannon (“SNL,” SCARY MOVIE 4 & 5), Jon Bernthal

(THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, “The Walking Dead”) and Connie Britton (“Nashville,”

“Friday Night Lights”). The film is produced by Steven Rales (THE GRAND BUDAPEST



executive producer Nora Skinner (EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE) and co-

producers Michael Sledd (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) and Jeff Sommerville (25TH HOUR). The

creative team includes director of photography Chung-hoon Chung (OLDBOY, STOKER),

production designer Gerald Sullivan (ROSEWATER, THE END OF THE TOUR), editor David

Trachtenberg (CASA DE MI PADRE, THE SPOILS OF BABYLON), costume designer Jennifer

Eve (“American Horror Story,” “Red Band Society”), with original music by Brian Eno (THE

LOVELY BONES), featuring music by Nico Muhly (KILL YOUR DARLINGS). The music

supervisor is Randall Poster (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, BOYHOOD).



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