Amanda Bynes has landed the starring role in the new Morgan Creek comedy Sydney White, it was announced by James G. Robinson, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Creek Productions.
This modern retelling of the classic fairytale follows a beautiful college freshman as she pledges her late mother's once dignified sorority. But after discovering that today's sisterhood is not what it used to be, Sydney finds her new home away from home with seven outcasts. With the help of her socially challenged new friends, Sydney will take on the reigning campus queen to attempt to transform the school's misguided social hierarchy.
The film will be directed by Joe Nussbaum (American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile, Sleepover) and is scheduled to begin principal photography on February 12, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. The film also stars Sara Paxton (Darcy's Wild Life) and Matt Long (Jack and Bobby). The screenplay was written by Chad Creasey (Great Lengths) and will be produced by James G. Robinson. David Robinson and Clifford Werber will also serve as producers with Morgan Creek's Guy McElwaine executive producing. The film will be distributed domestically by Universal Pictures and internationally by Morgan Creek International and Universal Pictures International.
Amanda Bynes recently completed shooting the feature film Hairspray, opposite John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfieiffer, where she plays Tracey Turnblad's best friend Penny Pingleton. She also starred in the romantic comedy She's the Man; the trans-Atlantic comedy What a Girl Wants, with Colin Firth and Kelly Preston; lent her voice to the animated film Robots; and starred with Frankie Muniz and Paul Giamatti in the family comedy Big Fat Liar. On television, Bynes played the impetuous Holly in the comedy series What I Like About You, as well as The Amanda Show, which earned her the Favorite Television Actress honor four years in a row from Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.