'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.
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Amandla Stenberg

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.

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