Andy Serkis' directorial debut recounts Robin Cavendish's real-life bout with polio

By Joey Nolfi
September 19, 2017 at 12:27 PM EDT
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The magnetic chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy draws the breath of life into the new trailer for Andy Serkis’ upcoming directorial debut, Breathe.

Based on the true story of Robin Cavendish (Garfield), the biographical drama follows the disability rights activist throughout his twenties, at the tail end of which he was diagnosed with and subsequently paralyzed by polio, after beginning a romantic relationship with Diana Blacker (Foy), his supportive wife.

Initially given a short life expectancy after doctors told him his respiratory system would fail outside a hospital, Cavendish and his spouse together defied the grim prognosis by fighting the odds in the face of the devastating disease, ultimately embarking on a worldwide journey to champion the rights of those disabled by disease.

Breathe, which premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, was written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator) and framed by three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (Hugo, The Aviator, JFK).

The film opens in theaters on the awards-friendly release date of Oct. 13. Watch the new trailer above.


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