Much to the dismay of fans, Girl Meets World has officially been cancelled after three seasons. While we will definitely miss all the nostalgia the Boy Meets World spinoff brought us, no one is more emotional right now than the cast. Shortly after the writers announced the news on Wednesday, the show’s stars Rowan Blanchard (Riley Matthews) and Sabrina Carpenter (Maya) took to social media to share their reactions. While Carpenter shared a sweet snap of the group on set, Blanchard wrote a lengthy note about how much the show meant to her. See their posts ahead.
Per the report, the book which is described as Wild-meets-Endless Love starts out as a romance story but quickly becomes a thriller when two teens meet and fall in love while hiking the treacherous Appalachian Trail.
Carpenter has enjoyed much success on Disney’s Girl Meets World but has also landed gigs on the big screen, namely George Tillman Jr’s The Hate U Give and the upcoming Short History of the Long Road.
Danielle Fishel, who stars in and produces Girl Meets World, will executive produce the film along with Cartel’s Stan Spry, Jeff Holland and Drew Brown.
“Danielle and I have been in love with this book for a while and we’ve found the perfect star and partner to tell this story in Sabrina,” Spry told Deadline. “She’s wildly talented and we’re so excited take this journey with her bringing this epic story to the big screen.”
The 19-year-old actress sheds her Disney image with a gritty new role as Nola, a teenage vagabond whose world is upended, forcing her to rethink the reality of the nomadic existence her father (Westworld‘s Steven Ogg) has created for her. As she makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she forges unexpected relationships, including reconnecting with her estranged mother (Maggie Siff), that may provide the roots she needs to stay in one place.
“She’s a girl trying to survive,” Carpenter tells ET, explaining that Nola is someone who has been “raised by her father in a van her whole life, so she doesn’t know how to wear makeup, she doesn’t know how to shave. She doesn’t do all the stuff that a normal 19-year-old girl would do.”
Ultimately, the part required Carpenter to dye her hair, go makeup-free and wear second-hand clothes — a complete makeover that gave the actress chills when she first saw herself in character. “I just felt like a different person,” Carpenter recalls. “I think I was able to really find Nola through that physical transformation.”
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Newcomer Ava Michelle has been cast in the high school comedy that Nzingha Stewart is directing.
After what it described as a worldwide casting call, Netflix has selected newcomer Ava Michelle for the title role of its comedy Tall Girl, which has begun production in New Orleans. Michelle, a 6-foot-1-inch-tall actress, dancer and model, will make her feature-film debut in the role of Jodie, a 16-year-old who is the tallest girl in her high school.
“It was essential for us to find an actor to portray our lead who can speak to the challenges and lessons that Jodi experiences from a very personal place of authenticity,” Nzingha Stewart, the film’s director, said in a statement. “Ava’s ability to beautifully and uniquely showcase those attributes stood out to us in a way that we believe audiences will connect with. Tall Girl showcases that embracing the very qualities that make you different is what allows you to overcome anything.”
The film also stars Griffin Gluck (American Vandal) as Jack Dunkleman, Jodi’s best friend; Luke Eisner (The Goldbergs) as Stig, a handsome and equally tall Swedish foreign exchange student; Sabrina Carpenter (The Hate U Give) as Harper, Jodi’s older sister; and Paris Berelc (Alexa & Katie) as Liz, the unconventional best friend of Jodi’s bully.
Rounding out the cast are Steve Zahn (Valley of the Boom) as Richie Kreyman, Jodi’s manic and anxious dad, and Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off!) as Helaine Kreyman, Jodi’s former pageant-queen mom.
Additional castmembers include Anjelika Washington (DC Universe’s Stargirl) as Fareeda, Jodi’s best friend; Clara Wilsey as Kimmy, the most popular girl at school and Jodi’s nemesis; and Rico Paris as Schnipper, a popular jerk and one of Jodi’s regular tormentors.
Directed by Stewart, who is repped by Paradigm and Management 360, and written by Sam Wolfson, the film is Netflix’s fourth collaboration with Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola. Wonderland’s Corey L. Marsh serves as a producer.