If you have or ever were a little girl you're probably more than a little bit familiar with Beverly Cleary's famed Ramona. As a girl myself I was head over heels for this wholesomely fun series, and absolutely can not wait for when my oldest is able to really enjoy all the books.
With that in mind, I was absolutely ecstatic to find a press release from Walden Books in my e-mail this morning. Check it out...
FOX 2000 PICTURES & WALDEN MEDIA CAST “BEEZUS AND RAMONA”
Teen Sensation Selena Gomez and Joey King are cast as sisters in Upcoming film based on best-selling book series by Beverly Cleary
LOS ANGELES, (February 6, 2009)….Teen sensation Selena Gomez, who stars in the series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and Joey King (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) will star in the motion picture “BEEZUS AND RAMONA,” based on the best-selling Ramona books (over 91 million…and counting) by Beverly Cleary.
Gomez will portray Beezus, the brilliant yet insecure older sister to King’s Ramona, whose vivid imagination, boundless energy and accident-prone antics help her family face its biggest challenge.
King’s casting follows Fox 2000 Pictures’ nationwide casting search for Ramona, during which the production division saw hundreds of girls – with King finally nabbing the role after completing a screen test.
Elizabeth Allen (“Aquamarine”) directs from a screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay. Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing for Fox 2000 Pictures and Walden Media. Di Novi has successfully brought to the screen several other literary properties aimed at female audiences, including “Little Women,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and the recent “Nights in Rodanthe.”
In addition to her starring role on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Selena Gomez is working on her debut album, due for release later this year. Joey King, who began her career at age four, has amassed an impressive list of film and television credits including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Medium,” “Jericho” and “Entourage.”
Twentieth Century Fox releases “BEEZUS AND RAMONA” in theaters everywhere March 19, 2010.
About Fox Filmed Entertainment
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Atomic, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
About Walden Media
Walden Media specializes in entertainment for the whole family. Past award-winning and highly successful films include: “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Nim’s Island” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Upcoming films include “Tooth Fairy” starring Dwayne Johnson, and “Bandslam” starring Vanessa Hudgens.