Back up, Bughead, because Cole Sprouse is about to become one-half of another onscreen couple — and they sound very shippable.
The film will star Sprouse as a hospital-ridden teen who falls in love while receiving treatment. The girl he falls for, however, is also sick — and, like Sprouse's character, may not get better.
Unlike the previously mentioned novel adaptations, Five Feet Apart isn't based on any existing source material. We'll likely spend the entire film hoping that one of our two lovebirds don't meet some tragic fate — which, as anyone who has ever seen a movie like this knows, is likely a losing battle.
This will be Sprouse's first cinema role since returning to acting. His last film was a TV film spin-off of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, titled The Suite Life Movie, which aired on Disney Channel in 2011. It will also be his first time starring in a romance — and, hopefully, his work will bring a brand-new onscreen couple to root for into the cultural zeitgeist.
As for what's going on between the on-again, off-again couple that is Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Sprouse)? Well, that seems to change episode to episode. No matter how Five Feet Apart ends, at least we won't be on edge about a potential breakup between the characters: If it happens, at least it can only happen once.
The new film will pair Sprouse up with another CW star. Jane the Virgin actor Justin Baldoni will helm the project. The Hollywood Reporter states the upcoming film could begin shooting as early as the spring.