More than two years after he tragically passed away, Cameron Boyce is starring in a new movie called Runt. That’s right, the late actor actually filmed it right before his sad death in 2019, and now, the trailer is finally here.
But wait, what will the movie be about, you ask? Who is Boyce playing? And who else is starring in it? Not to worry, you guys, because we went ahead and rounded up all the important details for you. From the plot to the cast, here’s everything we know about Boyce’s final role…
What Do We Know About ‘Runt?’
According to Deadline, the upcoming flick “centers on a group of neglected and misguided high school seniors who are pulled into a downward cycle of violence when the adults in their lives fail them.” Boyce will play a guy named Cal, “who, after a troubling incident, takes a stand, resulting in devastating consequences.” Besides Boyce, it also stars Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Aramis Knight, Brianna Hildebrand, Cyrus Arnold, Jason Patric, Charlie Gillespie and Tichina Arnold. As for the release date, it will hit New York and Los Angeles theaters on October 1, 2021, and then, it will be released on video on demand and digital on October 19.
“This film is very important in the climate we live in today,” the Disney star’s parents, Victor and Libby Boyce, said in a statement. “Cameron was incredibly proud of this film, and we believe his powerful performance will resonate deeply with all his fans throughout the world.”
How Did Cameron Boyce Die?
The entire world was left heartbroken when Boyce tragically passed away on July 6, 2019, after suffering from a seizure in his sleep. He was only 20 years old at the time of his death, and his family later revealed that he had a medical condition called epilepsy. His parents later sat down with NBCLA to share some more details on his death, so that they could bring more awareness to SUDEP — Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.
“His cause of death was Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy,” the Descendants alum’s dad explained, with his mom adding that SUDEP is when “people pass away from an epileptic seizure and they’re otherwise healthy. There’s no preexisting condition.”
“We didn’t know anything about SUDEP until the medical examiner who did the autopsy on our son told us what it was,” she continued. “There’s not enough education out there about epilepsy and there’s not enough research. We feel it’s really important and that he would want us to be getting this information out to the public and helping others.”
Libby explained that he only had five seizures in his life, and they thought they had the disease under control.
“Cameron was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 17-years-old. He had a total of five seizures in the time between being 17 and when he passed. He had his first seizure when he had some friends sleeping over. It was early in the morning and they witnessed him [seizing] and they came running into our room and we went in and he was really out of it. We didn’t know what had happened. We called 911 and they came and got him and told us it was a seizure,” she recalled. “He was quickly better after the ER visit. He was fine, but we went to a neurologist to do some more testing. There was nothing on his MRI. There was nothing — no test showed anything.”
They later started the Cameron Boyce Foundation, which according to its website, “provides young people artistic and creative outlets as alternatives to violence and negativity and uses resources and philanthropy for positive change in the world.”
How Did His Costars React?
After the heartbreaking news hit the web, his costars, family members, celebrity friends and fans all took to social media to share tributes for Boyce.
“Cameron was magic — an earth angel,” his Descendants costar, Dove Cameron, said in an emotional Instagram video. “Over the last six years, since he was only 14, Cameron talked me down from countless ledges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship and through endless breakdowns. He was undoubtedly the most talented person most of us will ever know. But what was special about Cameron was who he was in the small moments when maybe no one was looking — the moments in between the big ones when he didn’t have to be good or kind. Cameron was always good and kind.”
Sofia Carson also spoke out about it, writing on Instagram, “To our angel, There are not enough words. There will never be enough words. I couldn’t bring myself to do this because doing this makes it real. Letting you go is not something I know how to do. And I just can’t fathom living in a world without you. I love you, Cam. And I will love you. Forever.”