Joey King will executive produce and star in Netflix’s film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s International best-selling-dystopian fantasy novel Uglies. King has been a longtime fan of the Uglies young adult book series.
McG (The Babysitter) is set to helm the film with Krista Vernoff to adapt the screenplay.
Vernoff is the showrunner and executive producer of ABC’s long-running hit series Grey’s Anatomy, along with its spinoff Station 19, and her new show Rebel, inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich and starring Katey Sagal, was recently picked up straight to series at ABC.
"Uglies" is set in a world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty.
John Davis and Jordan Davis for Davis Entertainment Company will serve as producer with Robyn Mesinger for Anonymous Content; Dan Spilo for Industry Entertainment; and McG and Mary Viola for Wonderland.
Joey King, Jamie King, and Scott Westerfeld serve as executive producers.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award Nominee Joey King (The Act, The Kissing Booth) is so far the only cast member announced.
King is coming off the success of starring in the critically acclaimed Hulu limited series The Act, which earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG nomination for ‘Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.’
King's last feature appearance was in the sequel of the worldwide hit Netflix romantic comedy The Kissing Booth 2, which she also served as an Executive Producer. Upcoming, she stars in Blumhouse’s The Lie opposite Peter Sarsgaard.
King is set to co-star opposite Brad Pitt in Sony’s Bullet Train and is attached to headline and Executive Produce the limited series, A Spark Of Light, by Sony Pictures TV based on the bestselling book by Jodi Piccoult. King will also produce and star in "The In Between," written by Marc Klein, for Paramount.
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