'Hunger Games' Breakout to Co-Star in NBC's Craig Robinson Comedy
Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in the blockbuster film, has joined the cast of the pilot from Owen Ellickson and Greg Daniels.
NBC is getting a dose of The Hunger Games.
Hunger Games standout Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue, will co-star in NBC's half-hour single-camera comedy starring Craig Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From executive producers Owen Ellickson and Greg Daniels, the untitled comedy pilot centers on Craig (Robinson), a talented musician who adjusts to his new life as a middle school music teacher, where he maneuvers precocious kids, teacher politics and the temptation of single moms.
Stenberg will play Irene, a spunky, fearless and smart eighth grader who is desperate to learn to sing despite her terribly off-key voice and Craig's reluctance to teach her. Amanda Lund and Larenz Tate co-star.
Executive producers are Ellickson -- who also will write -- Daniels, Howard Klein, Tracy Katsky-Boomer and Mark Schulman. Robinson will produce, while Steve Pink is set to direct.
Repped by WME and Schiff Co., Stenberg will also be voicing a character in Rio 2.