Issa Rae to Star in Paul Feig Comedy 'American Princess' (Exclusive)

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Issa Rae (left), Stelle Meghie

Stella Meghie, the helmer behind the YA adaptation 'Everything, Everything,' is on board to direct the project.

Issa Rae, the star and co-creator of HBO's Insecure, is attached to star in American Princess, a comedy set up at Fox.

Stella Meghie, the helmer behind the YA adaptation Everything, Everything, is on board to direct the project.

Paul Feig, who has shepherded female-centric comedies with such movies as Bridesmaids and the recent Ghostbusters reboot, will produce with Jessie Henderson via their Feigco Entertainment banner. Brendan O’Brien will also produce. 

The film centers on an American woman (Rae) who moves to London, where she’s drawn into a world of wealth and high society and falls in love in a very unexpected way. The script was originally written by O’Brien (Neighbors, The House) and is going through a rewrite by Amy Aniobi, a scribe who has worked with Rae on Insecure as a writer/co-executive producer.

Jonathan Wu is overseeing for Fox.

Meghie made her feature directorial debut with Jean of the Joneses, which earned her a first screenplay nomination at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards. Her most recent film, The Weekend, premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Meghie is developing The Photograph, a family drama, with producer Will Packer at Universal.

Rae was recently nominated for an best actress in a comedy series for her work on Insecure, and has received Golden Globe nominations as well. The comedian, who is also behind the web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is currently on screens in the acclaimed drama The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg. Rae wrapped filming a starring role in Little, a Universal comedy with Black-ish star Marsai Martin.

Meghie is repped by CAA and Del Shaw. Rae is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. O’Brien is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.