Netflix just added five new cast members to the star-studded cast of The School for Good and Evil, including a fan-favorite from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The Five New Cast Members
Ben Kingsley, Patti LuPone, Rob Delaney, and Rachel Bloom joined the adaptation in unnamed roles. Mark Heap also joined the cast as Professor Manley.
Kingsley was recently in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as Trevor, the caretaker of Morris. LuPone is known for her role in Driving Miss Daisy.
Delaney, known for his many comedic roles, including Peter in Deadpool 2, also joined the cast. Bloom is known for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Heap’s character, Manley, is a professor at the School for Evil teaching Uglification.
The Rest of the Cast
Sofia Wylie and Sophia Anne Caruso will be starring as Agatha and Sophie, respectively. Wylie is best known for her Disney roles as Gina in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Mia Brooks in Shook, and Buffy Driscoll in Andi Mack. Caruso is known for her roles as Lydia in Beetlejuice on Broadway and Brigitta in The Sound of Music Live! in 2013.
Kit Young, who played Jesper in Shadow and Bone, signed on to play Rafal. Earl Cave is playing Hort, a man-wolf student at the School for Evil. Cave was recently in Alex Rider as James. Jamie Flatters from So Awkward will play King Arthur’s son Tedros. Flatters is also expected to appear in the next three Avatar movies.
Charlize Theron will play Lady Lesso, Dean of the School for Evil. Kerry Washington will play the counter to Theron’s character, Professor Clarissa Dovey, the Dean of the School for Good. Laurence Fishburne also joined the cast to play the School Master. Michelle Yeoh will play Professor Anemone.
Other students will be played by Freya Theodora Parks (Love Gets a Room), Demi Isaac Oviawe (The Young Offenders), Kaitlyn Akinpelumi (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), Briony Scarlett (Harlots), and Chinenye Ezeudu (Sex Education).
Author Soman Chainani said that casting was essential to the film in that they get the best actor for the role based on talent and not appearance. He said they reinterpreted characters to “make sure that particular actor best embodies the spirit of the character.”
What is ‘The School for Good and Evil’?
Sophie believes she will become a princess while her friend, Agatha, is declared a witch. Both girls are kidnapped to the School for Good and Evil, a magical academy where students are trained to become fairytale heroes and villains. Their friendship is tested when Agatha is taken to the School for Good and Sophie to the School for Evil.
The School for Good and Evil is the first book in the six-book School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani. When it first came out in 2013, Universal bought the rights. In 2017, the rights went back up for acquisition, and Netflix quickly got them.
Chainani already announced the movie would be significantly different from the book, including only major plot points, character development, and fan favorites. The goal was to make the film similar to the book while staying under budget. He also said the movie will surprise fans of the series.
Paul Feig, who is known for his work on Freaks and Geeks, is directing and producing the film. Other producers are Joe Roth, Jeffery Kirschenbaum, Jane Startz, and Laura Fischer. Author Chainani co-wrote the movie with David Magee, Laura Solon, and Malia Scotch Marmo.
Filming wrapped earlier this year, and Feig got started editing right away. He said he wants the special effects to look “real.” The movie is expected to debut sometime in 2022.