I Am Not Okay With This: Sophia Lillis to star in new Netflix YA series
It: Chapter 2 stars Sophia Lillis (Sharp Objects) and Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) have been tapped to star in Netflix‘s new coming-of-age series I Am Not Okay With This, based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name. Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes), Sofia Bryant (The Good Wife), Aidan Wojtak-Hissong (Falling Water), and Richard Ellis have also been cast for the drama.
I Am Not Okay With This will follow the story of Sydney, a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and… mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her.
Lillis, Oleff, Perkins, Bryant, Wojtak-Hissong, and Ellis will be portraying the roles of Sydney, Stanley Barber, Maggie, Dina, Liam,and Brad Lewis, respectively. Their official character descriptions read:
Sydney – who is described as awkward and smart with a dry, witty, sardonic sense of humor. Though Sydney views herself as painfully average, she is far from it, as she discovers she has telekinetic powers which may prove to be problematic.
Stanley Barber – Sydney’s neighbor and the polar opposite of a jock. He’s ‘the geek who is not cool, only he is cool by being uncool.’ He has a slightly awkward self-confidence that is well beyond his years.
Maggie – Sydney’s mom Maggie, who works at the local diner to support her two kids following the death of her husband.
Dina – Sydney’s effervescent, happy, pretty, loud and funny, badass best friend. Unfortunately, Dina has a boyfriend — a super jock who Sydney hates — and Sydney worries he’s going to take her away.
Liam – Sydney’s 10-year-old brother Liam, who radiates a kinetic sort of wonder — the kind of genuine ‘go’ at life that tends to fade after puberty. He’s a neat, artistic kid with an innocent way about him, and he adores his big sister.
Brad Lewis – the All-American golden boy (sweet, polite, confident, popular, the coolest jock) and Dina’s boyfriend. But as Sydney sees it, he’s ‘an epic douchebag.
The 8-episode series will be a half-hour long. It created by Jonathan Entwistle (The End of the F***ing World) who also serves as a producer along with Stranger Things executive producers Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry.
I Am Not Okay With This is set to debut on 2020.