In what seems like the perfect natural progression, former tween star Victoria Justice is graduating from Nickelodeon to MTV. Variety reports Justice has signed on to star in a new cyber thriller pilot called “Eye Candy,” marking her first project since the end of her much more kid-friendly Nick series “Victorious.”
The Blumhouse TV thriller series will follow Justice’s Lindy, who’s talked into online dating by her friends but who quickly attracts some unwanted attention from an unknown suitor, and “when things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer.” MTV programming head Susanne Daniels says, “Victoria Justice is exactly someone we want to be in business with. Not only does she resonate with our audience, she has a huge fanbase and is extremely talented. We are very lucky to have her.” If Justice wasn’t already teen friendly enough, “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is on board to exec produce and direct the pilot.
Justice is returning to TV after an attempt at a movie career post-“Victorious” kinda fizzled, with a lead in Josh Schwartz’s big screen debut “Fun Size” going nowhere and not really capturing anyone’s attention in a supporting turn in Sundance coming of age dramedy “The First Time” (which, to be fair, is excellent).