The latest Disney + exclusive feature, Stargirl, debuting this week, in which iPOP alum Karan Brar stars alongside Grace VanderWaal. The film is an epic coming-of-age movie based off of the NYT best-seller YA novel of the same name. Stargirl will premiere at midnight on Friday, March 13 to the streaming platform.
Led by Grace VanderWaal, America’s Got Talent Winner, VanderWaal is the ukulele-playing, offbeat new girl to an Arizona high school who calls herself “Stargirl.” Karan stars as Kevin, the best friend of titular character Leo (Graham Verchere).
The book has a Jonathan Livingston Seagull philosophy of non-conformity and following your own path and style. Spinelli describes the premise of the novel as: “Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: Don’t stand out—under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes—for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of homeschooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body.
“But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, and Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl’s arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her.”
This has been a busy year for Karan, who also voices a leading character in the new animated Disney series Mira: Royal Detective. The series is currently under production and will debut on Disney Jr. The iPOP alumni, who began his successful career after attending the twice-held annual talent competition, is best known for his roles on Disney’s Jessie and Bunk’d.
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