Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. The film stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Janet McTeer. The film was released on June 3, 2016 in the United States, received mixed reviews and has grossed over $207 million worldwide.
Louisa Clark is an outgoing woman in her mid-20's who is compelled to find a new job after being laid off from a café she had worked at for six years. With some help, she finds work as a caregiver for Will Traynor, a cynical former banker who becomes completely paralyzed by a motorcycle accident two years prior. At first, he reacts coldly to her spunkiness, and he treats her with contempt. Soon enough, however, the two begin to bond and they eventually become close friends and develop feelings for each other, even though Louisa has an unthoughtful, marathon-running boyfriend named Patrick.
While at work one day, Louisa overhears Will's parents and she learns that Will has given his parents six months before they must bring him to Switzerland for assisted suicide. Will cannot deal with the pain and suffering of his disability and wishes for his old self to come back, but because this isn't a possibility, he asks for his parents to do this one thing for him. Upon learning about this, Louisa secretly makes it her mission to change his mind and she takes him on all the adventures so that she can prove that life is worth living. However, at their final trip in Mauritius with Will's nurse Nathan, Will confesses how he still intends to follow through with the euthanasia and asks for her to accompany him one last time.
Louisa is heartbroken at the thought of having to witness Will pass away and does not speak to him the rest of the trip. After they arrive home, however, Louisa's father persuades her to go to Will. Eventually, she goes to Switzerland to see Will in his final moments. After his death, he bequeaths her enough money to continue her education and instructs her to "live well".
- Emilia Clarke as Louisa "Lou" Clark
- Sam Claflin as William "Will" Traynor
- Janet McTeer as Camilla Traynor
- Charles Dance as Steven Traynor
- Brendan Coyle as Bernard Clark
- Jenna Coleman as Katrina Clark
- Matthew Lewis as Patrick
- Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Rupert Freshwell
- Vanessa Kirby as Alicia Dewar
- Steve Peacocke as Nathan
- Samantha Spiro as Josie Clark
- Joanna Lumley as Mary Rawlinson
Differences in the novel