CBS Films announced today that Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman and Ken Jeong will lead the cast of The DUFF.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Kody Keplinger, The DUFF was adapted for the screen by Josh Cagan and will be directed by Ari Sandel. McG, Mary Viola and Susan Cartsonis are producing with Lane Bishop serving as executive producer on the comedy,which will shoot in Atlanta this summer.
In the film, Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.
Vice President of Production Mark Ross and Creative Executive Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.