Golden Globe-nominated This is Us actress Mandy Moore is stepping into the world of YA novel adaptations with the forthcoming DARKEST MINDS. Moore is set to join Amandla Stenberg in the sci-fi thriller based on Alexandra Bracken’s YA trilogy, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Directed by Kung Fu Panda‘s Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the movie is set in an America where a pandemic has killed most of the children and teenagers. The story follows teens with superpowers who have been taken from their families and placed in internment camps. Stenberg stars as Ruby Daly, a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes her camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government. Moore is set to play an altruistic doctor and fervent member of a crusade that wants to put a stop of the persecution of the children.
The movie marks Nelson’s live-action directing debut. Chad Hodge adapted the books for the big screen and the project will be produced by Shawn Levy and 21 Laps. Shooting is set to begin mid-March in Atlanta.
Darkest Minds will be Moore’s first foray into the sci-fi world so it will be interesting to see her in this type of setting. But her role in This Is Us has showcased her talent as playing a strong, maternal figure and based on the description of the character, it seems like a good fit.
Moore can be seen next in the drama I’m Not Here opposite J.K. Simmons and Sebastian Stan. She also voices Rapunzel on the TV version of Disney’s Tangled.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer