Naomi Snieckus (Talent Agent in “Fae Day“) is Maria in the comedy WORK IT, which stars Sabrina Carpenter as Quinn Ackerman, a high school senior who learns that her admission to the college of her choice hangs on her performance at a dance competition. The problem is, she can’t dance, and is rejected by the school’s dance team. Her response is to assemble her own motley group of dancers to compete against the team that rejected her. Written by Alison Peck and directed by Laura Terruso, WORK IT will be on Netflix on 7 August. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Snieckus also hosts the FIRECRACKER DEPARTMENT PODCAST. In the latest episode (below), she interviews writer, producer, and director Kay Cannon (creator of the Netflix series GIRLBOSS). Currently, Cannon is writing and directing a reimagining of CINDERELLA.
Christine Horne (Arabella in “Turn to Stone“) will be Margaret in six episodes of MALORY TOWERS, a 13-episode series based on the novels by UK children’s author Enid Blyton. (The books are set at a girls’s boarding school inspired by one once attended by Blyton’s daughter.) Ella Bright plays lead character Darrell Rivers. (The BBC says this character is “sporty, impetuous and physically brave.”) The only character in the books named Margaret seems to be the maternal cousin of Gwendoline Lacey (Danya Griver). But that Margaret appeared only in “New Class at Malory Towers“, a collection of four short stories published in 2019. MALORY TOWERS is streaming now on BBC iPlayer. Horne’s character first appears in Episode Four. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Christina Rosato (Sheri in “Fae Gone Wild“) will be Diana Vega in THE VEGAS, a film about siblings Davie (Raphael Grosz-Harvey) and Diana, who do not get along very well. (Davie’s cynicism is a constant source of irritation to his sister.) Diana convinces Davie to take a trip with her to their birthplace, Buenos Aires, a place their family left when they were very young. Once there, they learn to dance tango and uncover the reasons their family fled Argentina decades previously. THE VEGAS is written and directed by Alison Murray. There is no indication when production in Buenos Aires will resume.
And Rosato stars as Olivia Owens, the owner of a community garden center, in David L. Strasser‘s made-for-TV romance FOR BETTER OR WORSE. Olivia’s garden center is threatened by Brian Wolf (Greyston Holt), who wants to tear it down and replace it with subsidized housing. Then the two of them are paired up for the wedding of a mutual friend, and are forced to get to know each other. Rosato tweeted on 25 June: “So happy to share that @greystonh & I just wrapped on one of the first productions to return after COVID-19. Thanks to @reeloneentertainment + our director @davidistrasser for going ahead with this project and being the leaders for creating a safe + positive work space.”
Marci T House (Laveau in “End of a Line“) will be Officer Miller in ONE OF US IS LYING, a projected TV series based on the 2017 novel by Karen McManus about what happens when five high school students walk into detention and one of them (Simon, the creator of a notorious gossip app) does not make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. The main characters are the popular and successful Bronwyn (Marianly Tejada), Nate the drug dealer (Cooper van Grootel), Addy the cheerleader (Annalisa Cochrane), Cooper the baseball player (Chibuikem Uche), Jake the football team captain (Barrett Carnahan), and Bronwyn’s little sister Maeve (Melissa Collazo), whose leukemia is in remission. Jennifer Morrison will direct the pilot (ordered by NBC’s Peacock Streaming Service) from a script by Erica Saleh.