EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has added Allison Janney and Romany Malco to join Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman and Ken Jeong in The Duff, an adaptation of the Kody Keplinger novel that Ari Sandel will direct from a script by Josh Cagan. McG, Mary Viola, and Susan Cartsonis are producing with Lane Bishop exec producing. Pic will shoot in the summer.
Whitman plays a happy high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff, meaning designated ugly fat friend to her pretty, popular friends. She enlists a jock pal (Amell) to help reinvent herself and overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker (Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s Duff. Jeong plays her favorite teacher. Janney plays the girl’s mother while Malco plays the school’s overwhelmed principal.
VP Production Mark Ross and creative executive Alex Ginno are overseeing the project.