After conducting an extensive worldwide casting call, actor, dancer, and model Ava Michelle has been cast in Netflix’s upcoming live action comedy Tall Girl. Making her feature film debut, Ava Michelle, who is 6 feet and 1 inch tall, will play Jodi, a 16 year old who must embrace what makes her different and be proud to stand out, not fit in.
Griffin Gluck (Netflix’s American Vandal, who also stars in the coming of age drama Big Time Adolescence) will co-star as Jack Dunkleman, Jodi’s best friend. Actor, musician, and model Luke Eisner (The Goldbergs), who is making his feature film debut, will join them as Stig, a handsome – and equally tall – Swedish foreign exchange student, along with Sabrina Carpenter (The Hate U Give) as Harper, Jodi’s beautiful and extremely melodramatic pageant-winning older sister.
Paris Berelc (Netflix’s Alexa & Katie) co-stars as Liz, the unconventional best friend of Jodi’s tormentor, and rounding out Jodi’s family are Steve Zahn (Valley of the Boom, War for the Planet of the Apes) as Richie Kreyman, Jodi’s manic and anxious dad with a big heart and Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off!, The Office) as Helaine Kreyman, Jodi’s former pageant-queen mom, who struggles to connect with her daughter.
“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,” says Nzingha Stewart, the film’s director. “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.”
Additional members of Tall Girl’s newly-announced cast are Anjelika Washington (DC Universe’s Stargirl) as Fareeda, Jodi’s best friend who seems to have it all figured out. 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.
Production has begun in New Orleans with Nzingha Stewart (Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things) directing.
Netflix opens global casting call for lead role in Tall Girl
5th November 2018
Do you want to be on Netflix? Are you over 5’10”? Then Tall Girl is looking for you to audition.
Surviving high school is tough enough, but try doing it as a six-foot-tall girl who can’t go a day without feeling like an outcast, always being asked, “How’s the weather up there?” Growing up is all about figuring out who you are, and the 2019 Netflix original live action comedy film Tall Girl captures that rite of passage by following a 16 year old who must embrace what makes her different and be proud to stand out, not fit in. Capturing the tone of classic John Hughes movies, Tall Girl explores the nuanced and delicate relationships that make high school challenging, frustrating, memorable, and uplifting.
Tall Girl is directed by Nzingha Stewart (Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things) and written by Sam Wolfson (Andi Mack, Finding Carter). It is Netflix’s fourth collaboration with Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola (The Duff). Wonderland’s Corey Marsh will also produce.
The film’s casting director is Barbara McCarthy (Mother’s Day, The Duff), who also cast the upcoming Netflix film Christmas Chronicles.
Netflix announced today that the producers of the film are currently in search of tall girls from all over the world to audition for the part of the female lead: 16 year old Jodi, who – at more than six feet tall – has to go above and beyond to survive high school while struggling with the constant label of being her school’s tall girl. Auditions are open to girls on a worldwide basis who are 5’10” or taller and between the ages of 13 and 21 years old.
“Tall Girl is about all the places where we feel awkward or tender, and learning not only to accept those places, but to shower them with unconditional and radical love,” says Stewart.
“At Netflix we are committed to being a platform where tweens can find movies that inspire and empower them. One of the many reasons we’re excited to make Tall Girl is the refreshing way it speaks to this audience with humor and heart about embracing what makes them different and special using height as a framing device,” adds Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family at Netflix. “We look forward to canvassing the world for our very own Tall Female Lead who can draw on her unique experience to authentically depict the challenges and the lessons wrapped up in this tricky stage of life.”
To audition visit www.tallgirlcasting.com and submit your entry by 21st November 2018. And make sure you’re free January 2019 – that’s when the film will start filming.