This is the story of long-distance love with the boy-next-door.
In Everything, Everything, Amandla Stenberg stars as Maddie, a girl suffering from a serious immunity disorder who falls in love with her new neighbor (Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson). Her doctor mother (Anika Noni Rose) lets nothing get closer to her. Stepping outside could literally be the end of Maddie.
One thing that transcends the physical: music. So the new trailer for Everything, Everything is highlighting the soundtrack, specifically the songs “How Did We” by Skylar Stecker and “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara.
Nicola Yoon, author of the novel, previously told EW that Stenberg was her dream choice for the role of this young girl who unleashes her mind while she’s locked inside.
“She has a real strength, but she’s really optimistic and positive. That’s something Maddie is,” Yoon says. “[Maddie] is in this terrible situation, but she believes what she believes, makes the best of it, and has a core, a center that’s really strong. Amandla also has an innocence about her, which Maddie does, too.”
Although a disease like the kind Maddie faces may not be commonplace, Stenberg hopes the story of Everything, Everything resonates with any kid who has felt their world closing in – either by their parents, the things that make them different from other people, or even the things that make them feel the same.
“It’s about that creepy feeling you get when you’re in high school and you feel really isolated or you’re surrounded by people and wanting to escape, and are figuring out how to,” Stenberg told EW. “Sometimes it can be unsafe, sometimes it can be risky. Sometimes it can be really powerful and you learn the most beautiful lessons.”
Everything, Everything comes out May 19.