A former winner of ‘America’s Got Talent’ will star in the movie version of a young adult novel that “flew off shelves when President Obama was spotted buying the book from a Washington D.C. bookstore for his girls in 2015,” reports Deadline.
In an exclusive by Anita Busch, the story says: “Grace VanderWaal, who at 12 years old won ‘America’s Got Talent’ two years ago playing the ukulele and singing her original songs, has beat out 700 other girls to take the lead in Disney’s ‘Stargirl’ — one of the first original films that will go through the company’s new streaming platform. VanderWaal, who is supporting her new single ‘Clearly’ [by] opening for the band Imagine Dragons’ [latest] tour, once again stole the director and producer’s hearts.”
Director Julia Hart is quoted in the story saying: “I knew she was ‘Stargirl’ almost immediately. The world knows what a talented performer she is, and I cannot wait for everyone to see just how many sides there are to this special and magical young woman.”