Freeform has given a series order to Famous In Love, its drama pilot based on Rebecca Serle’s romantic novel that stars Bella Thorne. The pickup comes a year after the project was bought for fast-track development by Freeform (then ABC Family). It was ordered to pilot in October.
Written by Serle and I. Marlene King, executive producer/co-showrunner of Freeform’s flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love centers on Paige (Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while discovering the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town. Carter Jenkins, Jesse Henderson, Keith Powers, Niki Koss, Georgie Flores, Perrey Reeves, Pepi Sonuga, and Mark Valley round out the cast.
King, Miguel Arteta (Getting On), who directed the pilot, and Dan Farah (Ready Player One) are executive producers, and Serle is co-executive producer. The series is produced by Long Lake Media, Farah Films and Carmina Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, the studio behind PLL.
Famous In Love joins Freeform drama pilots Guilt and Beyond, which were picked up to series in November.
Actress-singer-dancer Thorne, who has TV history with Disney having starred on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up, is a fan of Serle’s book, calling it “a must-read for anyone curious about life and love behind the scenes” in a quote featured on the book cover. She is repped by WME and Thor Bradwell at Thirty Three Management.
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