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Chase Stokes, Brianne Tju, and Keith Powers Join Joey King In New Movie, “Uglies”

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  • Scott Westerfeld
    American science fiction writer

Joey King has taken her talents behind the scenes. While she's starred in tons of projects from Hulu's The Act to Netflix's The Kissing Booth franchise, the 22-year-old star has ventured out and created her own production studio, All The King's Horses. In July 2021, she booked a deal with Netflix through All The King's Horses where she's set to produce several projects — one of them being the film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld's dystopian YA book series, Uglies. According to reports by Deadline, Joey is set to executive produce and star in the movie.

If you're a fan of the book series and can't wait for the story to hit Netflix's streaming service, look no further. Ahead, find all the details you want to know about Joey King's upcoming movie, Uglies.

Is there a trailer?

The film is still in the production stages, so there's no official trailer just yet. You already know we'll be on the lookout.

Who's been cast in the movie?

While Joey is starring in the film as the protagonist, Tally Youngblood, the rest of the cast is made up of a few familiar faces. Seriously — this is quite the lineup!

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

On October 18, it was announced that Brianne Tju, Keith Powers, and Outer Banks star Chase Stokes will be joining Joey in the film. Brianne currently stars in Amazon Prime's I Know What You Did Last Summer while Keith starred opposite Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War. Deadline reports that the specific roles of the new cast members have not yet been revealed.

What is Uglies going to be about?

The movie is based on Scott Westerfeld's book series of the same name. Like any novel-to-film adaptation, there may be new elements or changes made to the original story for the sake of ✨movie magic✨. Below, find the first novel's official synopsis by Good Reads:

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever.

When does Uglies come out?

Netflix hasn't dropped an exact release date just yet, but with casting out of the way, we can most likely expect the movie to come out in late 2022 or early 2023.

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