Patrick Schwarzenegger and Bella Thorne in Midnight Sun. Photo by Ed Araquel.
In theaters this weekend comes a tale of summer love sweet enough to give you spring fever. Midnight Sun, helmed by director Scott Speer (Step Up Revolution), is the story of 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne, The DUFF, Famous in Love), a passionate songwriting, guitar-playing teenager living with Xeroderma pigmentosum, also often referred to as “XP.”
According to Genetics Home Reference, XP “is an inherited condition characterized by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight.” The disorder is rare and is estimated to affect one out of one million people in the U.S. and Europe.
While Katie has an extremely rare form of this disease, the film focuses on her budding summer romance with Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, The Long Road Home), a boy that unknowingly skateboarded by her bedroom window every day since they were young kids. Shot mostly at night in Vancouver, Midnight Sun takes audiences on a heartwarming adventure of first love and living life as you see fit, instead of letting circumstances dictate how you live.
The stars and director of Midnight Sun were recently in San Francisco and Academy Art U News sat down with the trio (Thorne, Schwarzenegger and Speer) to learn more about their new film.