Streaming services are all the rage these days and Disney is getting in the game. As previously reported, Disney’s online streaming service should be up and running in 2019 and they are set to give other site, like Netflix, a run for their money. The new Disney streaming service will include the studio’s vast library as well as original films. Disney has begun casting Stargirl, the first of those original movies.
14-year old Grace VanderWaal has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming film, based on the young adult novel of the same name by author Jerry Spinelli. This role will be VanderWaal’s acting debut. You may recognize her from the hit show “America’s Got Talent.” Two years ago she won the talent competition by singing her original songs and playing the ukulele. In the past two years she has released a debut album and is touring with Imagine Dragons this summer.
Deadline reports that VanderWaal beat out 700 other girls for the leading role in this film. It seems that Stargirl director Julia Hart, was pulling for her from the start. America’s Got Talent proved that VanderWaal’s got, well, talent when it comes to music and this upcoming movie will hopefully showcase her acting skills too!
Stargirl is told from the point of view of a boy named Leo. In it the title character enters public high school after years of home schooling. Her eccentricities, kindness and individuality captures the imagination of her peers. Just like VanderWaal, the character of Stargirl plays the ukulele. The story is all about how important it is to be yourself and how individuality is what makes us who we are. Love, Stargirl is the sequel to this novel and we’re assuming that should Stargirl be well received we could see the sequel hit Disney’s streaming service as well.
Stargirl is set to begin principal photography on September 24th in Arizona and New Mexico.
Photo Credit: America’s Got Talent
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