“Stargirl” is coming to New Mexico.
The feature film will be one of the first to be shown on Disney’s planned streaming service.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, principal photography will be done this month through mid-November in Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences.
“We are very happy to welcome ‘Stargirl’ and Disney to New Mexico. We know our crew, vendors and the communities of Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences will make this beloved story come alive on the screen,” said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “Our state’s unique history, crew, support services, and a very successful tax credit have drawn the producers back to our thriving industry.”
“Stargirl” is based on the award-winning book by Jerry Spinelli, a story of discovery – of high school, music, the importance of connection, and what it means to love and be loved.
It stars “America’s Got Talent” winner and musician Grace VanderWaal and Graham Verchere.
Over the weekend, VanderWaal posted on Instagram a photo of her in Santa Fe on West San Francisco Street. The teen actress was previously in New Mexico when she opened for Imagine Dragons on July 18 at Isleta Amphitheater.
In July, VanderWaal told the Journal she was getting ready to start “Stargirl” after her tour.
“I’m a little nervous and just really excited to be part of this film,” VanderWaal said. “I am ready to be inspired by this project.”
“Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” regular Giancarlo Esposito has also joined the cast.
The production will employ 180 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors and approximately 3,500 New Mexico background talent, according to the New Mexico Film Office.
“What a wonderful opportunity to have Truth or Consequences chosen as one of the location sites for ‘Stargirl,’ ” said Truth or Consequences Mayor Steve Green. “The film industry has an enormous economic impact that is felt throughout all sectors of the economy, including small communities such as ours. Having productions in Truth or Consequences makes our community proud.”
The feature will be directed by Julia Hart, produced by Kristin Hahn, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman, and executive produced by Jordan Horowitz, Jerry Spinelli, Jim Powers, Eddie Gamarra and Catherine Hardwicke.