Disney Channel cast Izabela Rose and Siena Agudong (“No Good Nick”) in the new original movie “Upside-Down Magic,” based on The New York Times bestselling fantasy-fiction children’s books of the same name. The other stars of the movie include Vicki Lewis, Kyle Howard, Elie Samouhi, Alison Fernandez, and Max Torina.
The Disney original airs next summer, which gives you time to read the original award-winning series before the premiere. You can find the collection right here on Amazon.
The story focuses on 13-year-old Nory Boxwood Horace (Rose), who discovers that she can flux into animals, and her best friend Reina Carvajal (Agudong), who can manipulate flames. The duo enters the Sage Academy for Magical Studies, but it doesn’t start out perfect for Nory. Reina’s ability to expertly harness the power of fire lands her at the top of her class of “Flares,” but Nory’s wonky magic and proclivity for turning into a “Dritten”—a half-kitten, half-dragon—lands her in a class for those with defective, Upside-Down Magic, otherwise known as UDM. While Headmaster Knightslinger (Lewis) believes the UDM’s defective powers leave them vulnerable to the dangerous and evil “shadow magic,” Nory and her group of misfits set out to prove that Upside-Down Magic beats right side up.
“We cannot wait for Disney Channel viewers to meet Nory, a funny, charismatic and optimistic heroine whose unwavering belief that her unusual talents, along with those of her wonky friends, are just as valuable as those of her peers,” said Lauren Kisilevsky, vice president, Original Movies, Disney Channels Worldwide. “At the heart of our story is Nory and Reina’s friendship, in which they help each other learn that what makes them different makes them special.”
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, Elaine Kao, Yasmeen Fletcher, Amitai Marmorstein, and Callum Seagram Airlie will also star in “Upside-Down Magic.”
With a teleplay by Nick Pustay and Josh Cagan, “Upside-Down Magic” is based on the Scholastic book series from bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins. Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis serve as executive producers on the project, with Joe Nussbaum, who also serves as director. Production begins today and the movie is slated to air next summer.
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