Netflix has announced the Sorta Like a Rock Star cast members joining the previously-announced Auli’i Cravalho (NBC’s Rise, Moana). Joining the film are Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Carol Burnett, Fred Armisen (Los Espookys, Big Mouth), Rhenzy Feliz (Runaways, Casual), Justina Machado (One Day at a Time, Queen of the South), Judy Reyes (Claws, Succession), Gerald Isaac Waters (Angie Tribeca), Taylor Richardson (Slender Man, Rise), and Anthony Jacques (Atypical).
Coming to the streaming service in 2020, Sorta Like a Rock Star follows a teenage girl who, despite her difficult circumstances, is preternaturally optimistic about the world and her place in it. She often helps those around her, resulting in powerful bonds with a disparate group of outsiders in her community, until she faces a devastating loss and can no longer ignore the challenges in her own life.
The film will be directed by Brett Haley, who most recently directed the musical comedy Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons. He is currently in post-production on All the Bright Places, starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith.
Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Matthew Quick, the film will be produced by Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman, as well as Temple HIll Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner.
The Gotham Group and Temple Hill last collaborated on The Maze Runner films for 20th Century Fox. The Gotham Group has previously collaborated with Netflix on Kodachrome. They are currently in production on Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild for Netflix.
The executive producer is Jonathan Montepare. Principal photography is set to begin this October.