Leo Borlock is a shy, unassuming teen who blends in with others at Mica High School in Arizona. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to Susan “Stargirl” Caraway, a previously homeschooled, colorful, free-spirited, ukulele-playing force of nature who arrives to enter tenth grade. Most of the kids at school shun her because of her uniqueness, but Leo falls in love with her and admires her resilience. Her unconventional ways change how they see themselves, and their world.
Stargirl is an American drama film based on the critically-acclaimed New York Times’ best-selling young adult novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli. The film is set to debut on Disney+. It explores the emotions of, and non-conformity and self-expression by teenagers in high school, and the exuberance of a first love.
- Starring : Grace VanderWaal / Graham Verchere
- Genre : Comedy / Drama / Romance
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Julia Hart
- Production : BCDF Pictures / Gotham Group / Hahnscape Entertainment / The Walt Disney Company
- Distributor : Disney+ / Walt Disney Pictures
Stargirl release date
- March 13, 2020 : USA (TV premiere)
- Grace VanderWaal as Susan ‘Stargirl’ Caraway
- Graham Verchere as Leo Borlock
- Giancarlo Esposito as Archie Brubaker
- Karan Brar as Kevin Quinlant
- Darby Stanchfield as Gloria Borlock
- Maximiliano Hernández as Mr. Robineau
- Shelby Simmons as Hillari Kimble
- Enzo De Angelis as Young Leo
- Damian O’Hare
- Troy Brookins as Ron Kovac
- Juliocesar Chavez as Alan Ferko
- Artemis as Mallory Stillwell
- Gavin White as Bully
- Stephanie Hill as Speech Competition Attendee / Parent / Teacher
On July 15, 2015, it was announced that director Catherine Hardwicke was set to direct an adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s novel “Stargirl” for Walt Disney Pictures. The novel was initially adapted by Kristin Hahn who was also set to produce the film.
In February 2018, it was announced that a new version of the screenplay had been developed and that it would now be directed by Julia Hart and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was expected to debut on Disney+ (Disney’s streaming service). The following month, it was confirmed that the production was in the late stages of development, with Hahn’s screenplay being utilized, and that she would continue to serve as a producer alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman. Production companies included Gotham Group and Hahn’s production company Hahnscape Entertainment. On June 5, 2018, it was reported that Hart had polished the script with her husband Jordan Horowitz, who is also set to serve as an executive producer for the film.
On September 11, 2015, it was announced that the production would star Joey King and Charlie Plummer as Stargirl and the boy who narrates the story. But by June 5, 2018, it was announced that the film would star singer Grace VanderWaal, in her debut acting role, as the title character. On August 21, 2018, it was reported that Graham Verchere had been cast in the co-lead role of Leo Borlock. A month after, it was reported that Giancarlo Esposito, Karan Brar, Darby Stanchfield, and Maximiliano Hernández joined the cast.
Principal photography began in September 2018 in New Mexico and wrapped on November 16, 2018. Filming locations in the state included Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences.
American singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal (age 16) plays the title role of “Stargirl”. VanderWaal is best known as the winner of the 11th season of TV talent show competition America’s Got Talent (AGT). Prior to her win, VanderWaal earned wide notice at an early age for her distinctive vocals, often accompanying herself on the ukulele. She began her musical career by posting videos of her original songs and covers on YouTube and performing at open mic nights near her hometown of Suffern, New York. She won AGT Season 11, singing her original songs. She released her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, on the Columbia Records label and released released a full-length album titled Just the Beginning in November 2017. She released a second EP, Letters Vol 1, in November 2019.
Canadian actor Graham Marc Verchere (age 17) plays the role of Leo Borlock opposite VanderWaal in Stargirl. Verchere is known for his roles in Fargo, The Good Doctor, and Summer of ’84. Verchere landed his first voice role in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Pip Squeak in 2014.
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