If you haven’t read The Sun Is Also A Star, you are missing out on a book that will hit you right in the feels so hard that you will get the air knocked out of you.
Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) and Charles Melton (Riverdale) star in the adaptation of Nicole Yoon’s Young Adult Novel.
Shahidi stars as Natasha Kingsley, a Jamaican immigrant who’s deportation is a day away. Melton stars as Daniel Bae, a first-generation Korean-American immigrant who is about to interview with Yale, as his parents want him to pursue a career in medicine versus following his passion of poetry.
“Natasha is so into facts and science,” Shahidi, 18, tells People. “I could relate to how dedicated she is to science as a means of honing her expectations and as a means of really understanding the world around her. So many people in her life have let her down, so she turns to science and the facts of gravity and stars as a means of never feeling disappointed again because these are things that aren’t going to drastically change when she wakes up the next day.”
“He’s a first-generation Korean,” Melton, 28, explained to People. “His parents are immigrants and he’s a hopeless romantic — and he’s a poet. His parents have kind of been grooming him to be a doctor his whole life. He struggles with kind of two different identities. Not only his identity of being Korean-American, but also with his identity as far as what he wants to do. Making his parents proud, making them happy by being a doctor, or pursuing his life as a poet.”
People debuted the first still from the film.
The Sun Is Also a Star, hits theaters May 17th. The trailer is also dropping today, so stay tuned for our take on that.
See the new poster below: