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Andrew Garfield Fights To Survive In Breathe Trailer

Andrew Garfield wants to thrive in the new trailer for his upcoming biopic Breathe. In the movie, Garfield will play Robin Cavendish, a brilliant and adventurous man whose life is turned upside down when polio leaves him paralyzed. 

The trailer begins with Robin talking to Diana (Claire Foy), a beautiful woman who he has only just met. "I could ask you to dance and you could say, well, I don't feel like dancing, and I could say, maybe some other time– or I could just not ask," he says, before pulling her out on the dance floor. 

Diana falls in love with Robin even though she barely knows him, saying that something in her is telling her that this is it. However, their love story is put to a halt when Robin gets sick and becomes paralyzed and unable to breathe for himself. At the time, people who were disabled were often kept away in hospitals because they were unable to be cared for anywhere else, but Robin says that he wants to go home to be with his wife and newborn child, and Diana decides to find a way to make it happen.

Robin's survival at home is in question as the two struggle to deal with his changing condition. Robin eventually comes up with the idea to create a wheelchair that will contain his breathing apparatus so that he can move about more freely. He ends up bringing this invention to other disabled people as well, allowing them to leave the hospital too. "Why do you keep your disabled people in prison?" Robin says. "We should open the gates and set them free." 

Robin's invention gives him new purpose that he felt he had lost after his sickness. "When I first became paralyzed, I wanted to die," he said. "My wife told me I had to live, see our son grow up. I don't want to just survive, I want to truly live." 

Hugh Bonneville, Dean-Charles Chapman, Miranda Raison, Tom Hollander, and Stephen Managan also star in the film, which was directed by Andy Serkis (Jungle Book) based off a script from William Nicholson (Les Miserables). The movie is set for an Oct. 13 release; while we wait, see some of the many actors Garfield faced off against in pursuing the role of Spider-Man