UTA Signs Rising Star Joey King (Exclusive)

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The 'Independence Day: Resurgence' actress will headline the upcoming YA adaptation 'Stargirl.'

Young actress Joey King has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

She was most recently seen as the daughter of Colin Hanks’ character in the first season of FX’s Fargo and will next appear in Independence Day: Resurgence, after being featured in director Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall this year. And she has booked the titular lead in Catherine Hardwicke’s upcoming adaptation of the YA novel Stargirl.

After a number of guest appearances on shows as varied as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Entourage and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, King landed her first major role, iconic children’s literary character Ramona Quimby, in 2010’s Ramona and Beezus, opposite Selena Gomez. She then booked a steady stream of high-profile films, including Battle Los Angeles, Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Dark Knight Rises (in the pivotal role of Ra’s al Ghul’s child, seen in an underground prison in flashbacks).

In 2013 alone she played the China doll in James Franco’s entourage in Oz the Great and Powerful, one of Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston’s haunted daughters in The Conjuring (THR praised her “especially impressive work”) and Channing Tatum’s daughter in White House Down. She has collaborated twice with James Franco — in The Sound and the Fury and in Zeroville, whose North American rights were acquired by Alchemy in September. Last year she was nominated for best breakthrough actor at the Gotham Awards for playing Zach Braff’s daughter in Wish I Was Here and has received in her career seven Young Artist Award nominations and one win.

King continues to be co-represented by Coast to Coast and represented by manager Dan Spilo of Industry and attorney Howard Fishman of Hirsch Wallerstein.

 

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