Grace VanderWaal-Led Stargirl Sequel in Development at Disney+
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney+ is currently in the process of developing the follow-up installment to their 2020 coming-of-age film adaptation of Stargirl. The potential sequel will feature the return of lead star Grace VanderWaal and director Julia Hart.
The upcoming Stargirl sequel is also set to bringing most of its creative team and will feature new cast members including Elijah Richardson (When They See Us) as the new romantic lead, and Michael Penn, who is also set to write and perform original music for the film.
The first film’s co-writer Kirsten Hahn will return as an executive producer along with Jerry Spinelli. Original producers Jordan Horowitz, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, and Lee Stollman are again set to produce. Casting for the film is currently underway.
Based on author Jerry Spinelli’s coming-of-age novel of the same name, Stargirl was a tender and offbeat coming-of-age story 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.
Stargirl was directed by Julia Hart from a screenplay by Kristin Hahn and Julia Hart & and Hahn with Jordan Horowitz.
The first film starred singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal as Stargirl Caraway, Graham Verchere (Fargo, The Good Doctor) as Leo Borlock, and Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian) as Archie Brubaker. It will also be featuring Karan Brar (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) as Kevin, Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) as Gloria and Maximiliano Hernandez (Scandal) as Mr. Rabineau.