Everything to know about ‘All the Bright Places’
Coming to Netflix this month, All the Bright Places is the new romantic drama directed by Brett Haley. Based on the internationally bestselling novel of the same name by Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Justice Smith (Detective Pikachu) as a couple who changes each other’s lives forever.
The story follows Violet Markey (Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Smith), as they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something.
The couple who finds each other on the edge
Lovers of the book All the Bright Places can rest assured, Jennifer Niven herself teamed up with screenplay writer Liz Hannah (The Post) to adapt her YA novel to film.
Fascinated by death, every day Theodore Finch thinks of ways he might kill himself. Still, every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.
Aching for an escape, Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation when she can flee her small Indiana town and her heartwrenching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them.
Bringing a refreshing and human take on the experience of mental illness, its impact on relationships, as well as the beauty and lasting impact of young love, All the Bright Things tells the story of the power of connection and feeling truly seen.
Thoughtful casting for a beloved story
In addition to Fanning and Smith, All the Bright Places also stars Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon), Kelli O’Hara (13 Reasons Why), Lamar Johnson (Native Son), Virginia Gardner (Halloween 2018), Felix Mallard (Happy Together), Sofia Hasmik (Bad Samaritan), with Keegan-Michael Key (Fargo), and Luke Wilson (Zombieland: Double Tap).
The all-star cast is supported behind the camera by the production team including Paula Mazar, Mitchell Kaplan, Elle Fanning, Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, and the aforementioned director Brett Haley (The Hero, Hearts Beat Loud).
All the Bright Places premieres on Netflix on February 28th, 2020.