Last week, it was revealed that Disney+ was in development on a sequel to their 2020 film Stargirl. The sequel, now titled Hollywood Stargirl will begin production this May in Orange County, California, and will shoot through the Summer.
Director Julia Hart will return to direct with star Grace VanderWaal, who will this time be joined by Elijah Richardson and Judy Greer (Ant-Man and the Wasp) will be playing a character named Ana, who is likely to be Stargirl’s mother. as well as composer-musician Michael Penn, will write and perform new original music for the film. Disney’s live-action film division will once again oversee the project.
The first film is based on the critically-acclaimed, New York Times’ best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves…and their world.
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.
Legendary Kill Bill and Batman & Robin actress Uma Thurman has been added the cast of the newly-announced Stargirl sequel.
Now, we need to point out that we're not on about the DC teen superhero show Stargirl, although that would have been good, with Thurman starring in My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
We're on about the teen musical-themed film that launched exclusively on Disney+, starring Grace VanderWaal and Graham Verchere.
We at Digital Spy didn't *love* the film, calling it "a pastiche of quirk, which stands in for depth, stitched together by musical numbers that feel overdone the first time, and beaten to death the second". But you know, that leaves a lot of room for improvement in the sequel, especially if they listen specifically to our review.
The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news of the casting, states that Thurman will play Roxanne Martel, a musician who Stargirl looks up to and eventually bumps into as she starts making waves in the world of music.
The sequel will also see actor Elijah Richardson and composer/musician Michael Penn join, providing acting and original songs, respectively.
The Julia Hart-directed Disney feature sequel to Stargirl continues to expand its cast with comedian Al Madrigal, Sarayu Blue, Chris Williams and Nija Okoro joining.
Stargirl 2 follows Grace VanderWaal’s title protagonist as she journeys out of Mica into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibility. The script is based on the original character from Jerry Spinelli’s bestselling book. VanderWaal will write and perform new original music for the sequel. Hart co-wrote with her husband Jordan Horowitz.
The four new actors join a cast that includes Uma Thurman (Roxanne Martell, a musician who Stargirl idolizes), Judy Greer (Stargirl’s mom), Judd Hirsch (Stargirl’s neighbor Mr. Mitchell), Elijah Richardson (Stargirl’s beau Evan) and Tyrel Jackson Williams (Terrell, Evan’s older brother).
Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera are casting the sequel. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman will produce for Gotham Group, and Horowitz will produce for Hart & Horowitz’s company Original Headquarters. Kristin Hahn and Spinelli are EPs.
Madrigal is a Daily Show With Jon Stewart correspondent alum. His features include The Way Back, Night School, the upcoming Marvel/Sony movie Morbius and the TV series I’m Dying Up Here, About a Boy, Free Agents and Gary Unmarried. He is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Blue starred in such movies as Lions for Lambs, Blockers and Happiest Season, and starred on such TV series as NBC’s I Feel Bad, Netflix’s Medical Police and CW’s No Tomorrow. She is repped by CAA, Mosaic and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Williams’ TV credits include Amazon’s Upload, HBO’s Silicon Valley, CBS’ The Great Indoors, and Showtime’s Californication among several others. He is represented by A3 Artists Agency and Anonymous Content.
Okoro is a Juilliard graduate. She stars in the Duplass Brothers’ upcoming Showtime series Overdub directed by Marta Cunningham, and has a recurring role on TNT’s Animal Kingdom and Crackle’s StartUp. She’s guest starred on Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star, and HBO’s The Deuce and Insecure. She is repped by Thruline Entertainment.