Welcome back to YA Onscreen, a lot of which is YA OnStage today! Let's hop to.
And JK Rowling rightly calls out those criticizing the casting of Noma Dumezweni, a black actress, as Hermione. "A bunch of racists," she says, and she's not wrong.
Rowling is all over the place this week: here's an interview, here's where she begs fans not to post Cursed Child spoilers, here's where she reveals some Harry Potter secrets, here's where Time says the play is already a success even though no one has seen it yet.
Some perhaps not-surprising Dance Academy casting news:
To my dear Dance Academy cast, crew and fans..... Wishing my beautiful Dance Academy family all the love and luck in the world on their first shoot day of the much anticipated film! ������������������ Unfortunately, I won't be able to be on this journey with them but I cannot wait to see them all on the big screen together! Your biggest (and slightly bonkaz) ... fan, Grace.... ✨������Love you all forever! ❤️ #family #danceacademy #life
Disney sets a date for the...Mary Poppins sequel? Did we know about this?
For Covington High senior Mara, school is business as usual: popular kids, boring classes, and teenage drama — until her classmate, Katelyn, explodes during third period pre-calc, that is. Such is life for the characters of Spontaneous, a young adult novel that Awesomeness Films is adapting for the big screen, the company announced Wednesday.
Spontaneous, written by Aaron Starmer, revolves around Mara’s struggle to survive her final year of school as scores of her classmates meet the same grisly fate as Katelyn, seemingly at random.
Maddy, a teen who has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare disease that causes her to be allergic to practically everything. She has spent 17 years hiding out in her home, only seeing her mother and her nurse, Carla. But when a boy named Olly moves in next door, Maddy begins to fall in love.
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