Shannon Purser, who played Barb Holland on Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, has landed the title role in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, a feature film from Black Label Media being called a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. She joins RJ Cyler in the cast.
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Ian Samuels is directing a script from Lindsey Beer, who was part of Akiva Goldsman’s writers room for the Transformers franchise. Black Label’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing.
X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Ben Hardy had been attached to the project but is no longer involved.
The movie centers on a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes. It’s a female-empowerment film that takes on bullying, confidence and identity in the digital age. Purser plays Sierra, a girl who has never really concerned herself with being cool or hot, but when she finds finds herself in a text-only relationship with her “crush,” she enlists the help of the queen mean girl in hopes of keeping the charade going as long as possible.
Also in the pipeline for Black Label is Horse Soldiers, a war tale starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena, and the firefighter pic Granite Mountain with Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, James Badge Dale, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch.
In addition to Stranger Things, which was renewed for a nine-episode second season back in August, Purser just wrapped Broad Green’s horror pic Wish Upon. She also filmed a role in the Melissa McCarthy starrer Life of the Party and recurs on the upcoming CW series Riverdale.
She is repped by Link Entertainment, People Store in Atlanta and Jackoway Tyerman.
‘To say 2016 has been a big year for me is an understatement,” laughs Shannon Purser, 19-year-old breakout star of the year’s best TV drama. “It’s been madness. And totally unexpected. I didn’t even have a career before Stranger Things – it was my first acting job, my first time on a professional set, and my character wasn’t even supposed to be a big deal – it all just exploded.”
Explode indeed it did. All eight episodes snuck on to streaming service Netflix in July to little fanfare. Other shows this year had more hype (see Game of Thrones, The Grand Tour). Other shows had bigger budgets (The Night Manager, The Crown, Westworld). Other shows were more critically acclaimed (Fleabag, Planet Earth II). Yet no other show got a stronger, more sustained fan reaction and, to borrow that well-worn phrase, broke the internet like Stranger Things.
It wasn’t just Barb’s personality that struck a chord. It was her wardrobe too
The 1980s-influenced horror thriller, created by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, seemed to come from nowhere to become the most talked-about TV event of the summer. This pleasingly under-the-radar success story was driven not by A-list names or ad campaigns but word of mouth and slow-building buzz. Stranger Things wasn’t just the TV show of the year. It was one of 2016’s biggest pop cultural phenomena full stop.
Shannon Purser opened up to her Twitter followers about the struggles she’s faced in the past in hopes that her story can help someone else who’s might be going through something similar.
On Monday, the Stranger Things actress — who portrays Barbara “Barb” Holland in the popular Netflix series — posted a photo of a razor blade with the caption: “*TRIGGER WARNING* I haven’t self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, ‘just in case.’ I forgot it was there and now it’s in the trash.”
She followed up that tweet with an optimistic message. “Recovery is possible,” Purser wrote. “Please don’t give up on yourself.”
*TRIGGER WARNING* I haven't self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, "just in case." I forgot it was there & now it's in the trash. pic.twitter.com/C0oAQTL0IM
The 19-year-old TV star also spoke with ET exclusively about her decision to speak about her painful past, and share such a personal photo. “I’m so happy to be able to help other people by talking about my struggles,” she said. “I guess I’d just say, ‘You’re worthy of love, valuable, and beautiful. You can and will get through this.'”
Purser added, “Getting the help you need to deal with this is a form of self-love and you are worth it.”
In the second season of Netflix’s highly anticipated science fiction horror TV show “Stranger Things,” viewers will finally see justice for Barb Holland (Shannon Purser). The show’s creators previously revealed that they will address the issue in the upcoming season. The first trailer for season 2 confirmed the statements, showing how the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, is responding to the teen’s disappearance.
Netflix unveiled the first trailer for “Stranger Things” on Halloween, titled “Minute by Minute with Brenda Wood.” The clip teased a news report from Hawkins, informing viewers that the teen who was previously thought to have run away was actually missing. The news anchor Brenda Wood informed viewers about the missing person and where she was last seen.
Wood also told the audience that they tried to get a statement from Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) but was unable to contact Barb’s best friend. On the other hand, the anchor was able to get descriptions from Barb’s other friends, who weren’t mentioned in the news segment.
“[She’s] the kind of girl who notices if you’re wearing a new bra and can really rock a pair of mom jeans. Or as we call them now, jeans,” Wood read the descriptions given by Barb’s friends.
Furthermore, the “Minute by Minute with Brenda Wood” news segment also dedicated a few minutes to discuss a situation which happened in the previous season – Eleven (Millie Brown) stealing Eggos. The anchor revealed that a little girl from West Hawkins raided Bradley’s Big Buy store and stole all the Eggos she could carry.
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Wood also announced that eye witnesses stepped forward claiming that shopping carts were flying across the aisles and the electronic doors were malfunctioning. The anchor advised viewers to report to the chief of police, Jim Hopper (David Harbour), if the young girl was spotted in town.
Fans can expect the main cast of “Stranger Things” — Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine — to reprise their roles for the second season.
According to the Independent, “Stranger Things” season 2 will start production this month. The forthcoming season is expected return on Netflix in 2017.
Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser has joined the cast of Broad Green Pictures’ Wish Upon, which David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is selling at the American Film Market next week.
Purser joins Joey King (Oz The Great And Powerful, Independence Day: Resurgence) in the horror thriller title, which is currently in pre-production. John Leonetti is directing from a Black List script by Barbara Marshall. Busted Shark Productions’ Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield) produces.
In the film, 16-year-old misfit Claire (King) finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted only to discover that each wish demands a deadly payment. King can be next seen in Zach Braff’s upcoming feature remake of the 1978 comedy Going In Style.
Purser, who will play the role of Claire’s friend June in Wish Upon, is known for her recent role as Barb in the premiere season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things.
Leonetti, who directed Annabelle, which made $256.9M worldwide for Warner Bros and New Line, was previously a cinematographer on The Conjuring and the first two Insidious movies.
Broad Green Pictures’ upcoming slate includes Bad Santa 2, a co-production with Miramax; Step Sisters; and Villa Capri. It’s also releasing Terrence Malick’s untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
Mister Smith’s current slate includes the romantic drama Midnight Sun starring Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Rob Riggle as well as Charles Stone III-directed Step Sisters and Buena Vista Social Club: Adios.
Purser is repped by People Store and Link Entertainment. King is repped by UTA. Leonetti is repped by CAA.
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