Disney+ has announced new original movie Clouds will premiere on the streaming service this Autumn.
Based on the memoir Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech, the inspirational drama tells the true story of Zach Sobiech, a musically gifted 17-year-old living with a rare type of bone cancer (osteosarcoma).
The movie stars Fin Argus (Total Eclipse) as Zach Sobiech, Sabrina Carpenter (The Hate U Give) as his best friend and bandmate Sammy, Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) as Zach’s girlfriend Amy, and Thomas Everett Scott (13 Reasons Why) and Neve Campbell (Skyscraper, House of Cards) as his parents, Laura and Rob.
Directed and produced by Justin Baldoni – who directed the 2019 movie Five Feet Apart, but may be best known for playing Rafael Solano in Jane the Virgin – Clouds recently completed production in Montreal and will stream exclusively on Disney+
On the announcement of the movie, Baldoni said: "I fell in love with Zach’s infectious joy and spirit seven years ago when I made a short documentary about his life. Just before he passed, I made a promise to him that I would do whatever I could to make sure the world heard his music.
"In the age of COVID-19, with the future of the theatre business up in the air, it was extremely important to me to ensure Zach’s message of hope, faith and triumph in the face of adversity truly had the opportunity to touch as many hearts around the world as possible.
"That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Disney+ for my first film under our Wayfarer Studios banner, as it’s the perfect home and platform to bring Zach’s incredible story to the world.”
Ricky Strauss, president of Content & Marketing at Disney+, added: "Justin has created a poignant and uplifting tribute to Zach, whose story shows us the power of optimism, music, and human connection.
"As our team searches the world for stories that entertain and inspire, ‘Clouds’ is a fantastic fit for Disney+ and our global audience."
Clouds will be available to stream on Disney+ this Autumn.
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