Variety reports that a quartet of social media stars — Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Arden Cho and Karrueche Tran — will be the leads in Lionsgate Digital Studios’ HONORED, a high-school buddy comedy revolving around childhood BFFs.
Here’s more from Variety, who provided the exclusive scoop this afternoon:
All four have sizable online followings, and Lionsgate is banking on that collective fanbase to provide ongoing promotion for the project — the latest in the “influencer driven” movie trend. Rienks (pictured above; Hulu’s “Freakish,” Go90’s “Mr. Student Body President”), Cho (“Teen Wolf”) and Tran Tran (“CLAWS,” “The Bay”) are popular YouTube personalities. Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Inherent Vice”) has 7.2 million Instagram followers and nearly 2 million on Twitter.
HONORED will be executive produced by Zoe, Cisely and Mariel Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures — the first feature film from the sisters’ banner — and Untitled Entertainment’s Kendall Rhodes and Jason Newman in association with Popsugar Films. The film is being produced by Liz Destro of Destro Films (“The Little Hours,” “Joshy”), while Jordan Gilbert and Lindsay Gomez are the creative executives for Lionsgate and Tom Huffman is the creative executive for Popsugar Films.
“It’s gratifying to be in the company of so many talented women on this project, another sign of female empowerment rising in Hollywood,” Zoe Saldana said in a statement.
The upcoming film will be directed by Australian filmmaker Elissa Down (CONFESS for Awesomeness TV) from a screenplay by Marilyn Fu (THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT), with a story by Fu and Rienks. Down’s feature film directorial debut was THE BLACK BALLOON, which won the Berlin Film Festival’s Crystal Bear Award for Best Feature Film in 2008.
Here is what the film is about as reported by Variety:
In HONORED, a falling out among four friends leads them grow apart. By senior year, Piper (Rienks) has turned into the class clown/party girl; Sophie (Tran) pledges to stay a virgin until she’s married and has created a purity app. Isabella (Pieterse) is the feminist femme fatale who’s a zine editor, and while Honor’s (Cho) dream of becoming a professional ballerina is taking off.
When tragedy strikes, the former BFFs reunite and carry out all the stunts from their eighth-grade list — from jailbreaking the school mascot to getting back at bitchy cheerleaders. The girls navigate body shaming, sex, and the high-school party culture, ultimately rediscovering their friendship even if it means saying goodbye forever to someone they love.
Looks like Arden Cho is having a good press day. Check out the video she posted this morning about her racist experience with an Uber driver.
To read the rest of the article, head over to Variety: Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Arden Cho, Karrueche Tran to Star in ‘Honored’ Teen Comedy Film From Lionsgate Digital (EXCLUSIVE)