Disney is returning to the musical world of Stargirl, its YA romantic drama that premiered on the platform almost a year ago.
The company’s live actin film division is bringing back much of the creative team behind the original movie, including star Grace VanderWaal and director Julia Hart, who will this time be joined by actor Elijah Richardson as well as composer-musician Michael Penn, the latter who will write and perform original music for the film.
The 2020 movie, which debuted on Disney+ March 13, 2020, adapted the best-selling book by Jerry Spinelli and told of a boy living in Mica, Arizona, who wishes nothing more than an anonymous existence but whose life is turned upside down when he meets and falls for an unusual and colorful girl named Stargirl.
Hart and Jordan Horowitz, who co-wrote the initial adaptation with Kirsten Hahn, have written the original script follows Stargirl’s journey out of Mica and into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibility.
VanderWaal, who will reprise her role as Stargirl, will write and perform original music for this outing with Richard playing the romantic lead.
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of Gotham Group return as producers while Horowitz will produce for Hart & Horowitz’s company Original Headquarters. Hahn and Spinelli are executive producers. Penn will also act as the new project’s executive music producer.
Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera are currently casting the movie.
Like other streamers, Disney+ does not give viewership numbers or guidance on how it counts “views.” However, the making of a sequel does auger that it was somewhat of a success. The sequel also becomes the first Disney+ feature production to get a follow up.
Richardson appeared in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us and in the medical drama, New Amsterdam. He is repped by Cunningham Escot and Terrific Txalent.
Hart’s latest movie was I’m Your Woman, a 1970s-set crime drama that starred Rachel Brosnahan. The movie opened the 2020 AFI Fest and premiered on Amazon Prime in December. She is repped by CAA.