Amazon is set to producing the series adaptation of Hans’ romantic young adult novel, The Summer I Turned Pretty.
According to Deadline, Amazon has announced the cast for the series, led by Lola Tung as the main character Belly. Her unrequited love, Conrad Fisher, will be played by Christopher Briney. Also in the series are Gavin Casalegno as Conrad’s brother and popular flirtatious jock, Jeremiah.
Accompanying the leads are Jackie Chung who plays Belly’s mom, Laurel and her best friend, Susannah, played by Rachel Blanchard.
The cast also includes newcomer Minnie Mills, Sean Kaufman (Manifest), and Alfred Narciso (The Dark Tower) as series regulars. Summer Madison (Teenage Bounty Hunters), David Iacono (The Flight Attendant), Rain Spencer (Good Girl Jane), and Tom Everett Scott (La La Land) are on board as recurring characters in the series.
The series will be co-produced by Amazon Studios and wiip, who also produced HBO’s Mare of Easttown. Jenny Han, author of the source material, serves as the showrunner alongside Gabrielle Stanton. They will also serve as executive producers along with Karen Rosenfelt, Nne Ebong, Hope Hartman, and Paul Lee. Han will also write the pilot episode.
While there’s no official release date yet, Hantold Variety that she was “so excited to tell Belly’s story in 2021.”
The Summer I Turned Pretty is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by Jenny Han and released in 2009. It tells the multi-generational story of Belly Conklin as she recounts the summer she spent with her mom and brother as well as her mother’s best friend and her sons. The popular series spawned two book sequels, It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer.
Jenny Han is also the author of the best-selling novel To All the Boys series, which was adapted into films of the same name starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. – with reports from Adrian Soriano/Rappler.com
Adrian Soriano is a Rappler intern.