Steffan ‘Fin’ Argus accepted the lead role as Zach Sobiech, pictured above, in the Warner Brothers film, “Clouds,” based on Sobiech’s life. (Gazette file photo) 

Warner Brothers announces casting

When the movie about Zach Sobiech’s life and legacy premieres, locals will recognize more than the story about the Lakeland teenager’s life and legacy. 

The Warner Brothers movie “Clouds” will also feature a familiar Stillwater face and authentic Stillwater Ponies gear.

Additionally, Warner Brothers announced the casting for the film as the production crew prepares to start filming the movie in Canada mid-October.

Zach died of osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at age 18 on May 20, 2013 weeks before he would have graduated from Stillwater Area High School (SAHS). Before he died, he recorded a farewell song “Clouds” that became a number one hit on iTunes.

Today, Zach’s legacy lives on through the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, which has raised nearly $1.7 million for ground-breaking cancer research, and KS95’s “Clouds” Choir for a Cause, a cancer research fundraiser held annually in Zach’s honor.

The Warner Brothers movie is based on “Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way,” a memoir by Zach’s mother Laura Sobiech.

Those familiar with Zach’s story will recognize some of the characters in the movie, directed by Justin Baldoni. The Warner Brothers recently announced the casting for lead roles in the movie.

Steffan ‘Fin’ Argus accepted the lead role as Zach. As a kid, Argus toured and performed as part of Kidz Bop, a group that took chart-topping pop songs and turned them into kid-friendly songs. Today, Argus is a professional actor, singer-songwriter and musician.

Sabrina Carpenter, a former Disney Channel star, is also reportedly in negotiations to play Zach’s best friend who he writes songs with. Carpenter recently acted in Tall Girl, a Netflix original film, and released her fourth full-length album “Singular Act II.”

Madison Iseman, with a recent role in the thriller “Annabelle Comes Home,” is reportedly in negotiations to play Zach’s romantic interest.

According to WDIO-TV, Amy Adamle, Zach’s girlfriend before he died, wrote some of the film’s dialogue and will appear on the big screen. Zach started dating Adamle, a Woodbury native and news anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Minn., shortly after he learned his cancer was terminal.

In addition to characters based off of Stillwater’s own, Stillwater Ponies gear donated by district residents will also appear in the Warner Brothers movie.

Carissa Keister, SAPS community engagement manager, said the “Clouds” production team reached out to her to inquire about where the school orders its Stillwater Pony gear, including sports uniforms. While Keister said the production team wanted to stay authentic to Zach’s story, they also couldn’t have all of the costumes look so new.

Keister put a call out on the district’s Facebook page for Stillwater Pony gear donations and the community responded in kind, she said. She shipped about 30 t-shirts and sweatshirts to Canada on Wednesday, she said.

The production company also asked Keister if the district had any leftover student planners or student posters from the time Zach attended SAHS. Keister said she sent the production team various images of SAHS hallways, rooms and common areas to give the team reference points.

“It’s exciting to hear that they are really wanting to be authentic,” Keister said.

Keister added it’s exciting as a school district to have a part in the movie about Zach’s life and legacy.

“We’re all very proud of Zach,” she said.

For more information about Zach’s legacy in cancer research, visit childrenscancer.org/zach/.

Contact Kim Schneider at kim.schneider@ecm-inc.com

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