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Joey King to Star in Uglies, Plus More Netflix Announcements

Netflix announced today that Joey King will executive produce and star in the film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s international best-selling-dystopian fantasy novel Uglies (buy at Amazon). King has been a longtime fan of the Uglies young adult book series.

Uglies is set in a world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty.

The movie will be directed by McG (Netflix’s The Babysitter) from a script by Krista Vernoff.

Vernoff is 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.

The Uglies producers are John Davis and Jordan Davis for Davis Entertainment Company; Robyn Mesinger for Anonymous Content; Dan Spilo for Industry Entertainment; and McG and Mary Viola for Wonderland. The executive producers include Joey King, Jamie King, and Scott Westerfeld.

King starred 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 is coming off from starring in the sequel of the worldwide hit Netflix romantic comedy The Kissing Booth 2, for 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, from Sony Pictures TV and based on the bestselling book by Jodi Piccoult. King will also produce and star in The In Between, written by Marc Klein, for Paramount.

Netflix has made several other announcements this week, starting with the reveal of the trailer and key art for Vampires vs. the Bronx, which will be available on October 2. Directed by Oz Rodriguez from a script by Rodriguez and Blaise Hemingway, the movie is about group of young friends from the Bronx who fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires.

Vampires vs. the Bronx stars Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Shea Whigham, Coco Jones, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez, Chris Redd, Vladimir Caamaño, Jeremie Harris, Adam David Thompson, Judy Marte, Richard Bekins, and Zoe Saldaña.

And the streaming service has three holiday movies coming up as well. Coming up first on October 28 is Holidate, directed by John Whitesell from a script written by Tiffany Paulsen. The producers are McG and Mary Viola, while the executive producers include Steven Bello, Jenny Hinkey, and Tiffany Paulsen.

In Holidate, Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year.

With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.

The cast also includes Andrew Bachelor, Jessica Capshaw, Manish Dayal, Alex Moffat, Jake Manley, Cynthy Wu, with Frances Fisher and Kristin Chenoweth.

Next up on November 13 is Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, directed by David E. Talbert and starring Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills, Keegan-Michael Key, Sharon Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kieron Dyer, Justin Cornwell, Lisa Davina Phillip, and Hugh Bonneville.

A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder.

But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within.

From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.

And last but not least, Netflix has announced that the holiday musical Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, will be coming to the streaming service on November 22. Directed by Debbie Allen, the film stars Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski and Jenifer Lewis.

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