Looks like Disney star Selena Gomez is taking creative control of her career. The young “Wizards of Waverly Place” star is looking to add Producer to her resume, optioning teen novel “The Sky is Everywhere” with her production company as a starring vehicle for herself. Deadline reported the news today.
Gomez will star as 17-year-old Lennie Walker, a clarinet-playing band geek who has always stood firmly in the shadow of her popular older sister Bailey. When Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie finds herself thrust into the spotlight and caught between two boys, her sister’s boyfriend Toby, who understands her own grief, and Joe, a fellow musician and recent transplant from Paris (oh, how dreamy).
Gomez traveled the Miley Cyrus road to success via her own Disney Channel television series “Wizards of Waverly Place”, which has led to a music recording career as well as a fashion line and other tween-friendly franchises, but she has impressed on the big screen as well. Youth-driven comedies like “Ramona and Beezus” and “Monte Carlo” proved Gomez to be a charming and likeable presence on the big screen, and she’ll try her hand at darker fare next, lining up roles in Harmony Korine‘s “Spring Breakers” and comedy “Hot Mess.” Universal also acquired another teen novel for her to star in, “Thirteen Reasons Why”, but thus far there has been no movement on that front; perhaps a catalyst for Gomez to take charge and option the projects she wants with her own production company, a move that’s fast becoming popular with actors seeking more control over the projects they star in.