3:00 pm EST, September 11, 2015

‘Stargirl’ by Jerry Spinelli casts Charlie Plummer, Joey King for leads

The book to film adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl has cast its two leads.

Charlie Plummer (above left) will play the book’s narrator Leo Borlock and Joey King (above right) has been cast as Stargirl, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

King is known for her roles in Crazy Stupid Love and Oz the Great and Powerful. Plummer has been in films including Granite Flats and Not Fade Away.

Stargirl, whose real name is Susan Julia Caraway, is homeschooled before transferring to Mica High School. She is unique amongst every other student at the school because of her refusal to conform.

Stargirl was released in 2000 and became a classic in the YA community. The book’s synopsis follows:

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

Stargirl doesn’t have a release date at this time.

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