Sunday, July 26, 2020

Netflix: Julie and the Phantoms Trailer - Kenny Ortega

LOGLINE High schooler Julie lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians from 1995 appear, they reawaken Julie's own inner spirit and create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms. 

SYNOPSIS High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians (Charlie Gillespie, Jeremy Shada, Owen Joyner) from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she's inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms. From Emmy and DGA Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Descendants), executive producers Dan Cross and Dave Hoge (The Thundermans, Pair of Kings), and choreographer Paul Becker (Descendants, Mirror Mirror) comes a fresh and exciting new musical series about embracing life's ups and downs, following your dreams, and discovering the power of your own voice.

Series Launch Date: September 10, 2020
Format: Single-Camera (Live Action), 9 x 30-minute episodes
Showrunners: Dan Cross, Dave Hoge
Executive Producers: Kenny Ortega, Dan Cross, Dave Hoge, George Salinas

Cast: Madison Reyes as Julie, Charlie Gillespie as Luke, Jeremy Shada as Reggie, Owen Patrick Joyner as Alex, Booboo Stewart as Willie, Cheyenne Jackson as Caleb, Carlos Ponce as Ray, Sonny Bustamante as Carlos, Jadah Marie as Flynn, Sacha Carlson as Nick, Savannah Lee May as Carrie

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Madison Reyes (Julie) From a very young age Madison loved to sing and dance. She spent the first 10 years of her life in Brooklyn, NY and performed in as many school productions that would have her, before moving with her family to Allentown, PA. There her interest in theater and acting became even more of a focal point. She auditioned for roles in her middle school productions of The Lion King Junior and Aladdin, in which she landed the lead role of Princess Jasmine. Her last year of middle school, she auditioned and was accepted into a local performing arts school, The Arts Academy Charter Middle School, and this is when she really began to learn the ins and outs of the actor’s craft. From there she auditioned and was accepted to the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. Here she learned character breakdown, stage movement, and voice training. Madison loves to help in the community and has been involved with the Girl Scouts for over 10 years. She loves spending time with friends and family, going to movies, and listening to Broadway plays. Her favorites include Hamilton, Waitress, and In The Heights. She hopes to one day be on Broadway herself. 

Charlie Gillespie (Luke) Hailing from Eastern Canada, Charlie was first introduced to the industry with his lead role in the French feature “The Outlaw League.” After moving to Toronto, he was cast in guest roles on the wildly popular teen series “Degrassi: Next Class” and “The Next Step” and went on to land an ensemble lead role on the Canadian series “2nd Generation” as well as the French speaking series “Conséquences.” Before long, Charlie was cast in his first American feature film playing Andrew, the son of Ben Aronoff, played by John Travolta, in “Speed Kills”. The film was released wide in 2019. More recently, you can catch Charlie in the recurring role of Brian in the CW’s reboot of “Charmed.” He was also recently seen in the indie “The Rest Of Us” opposite Heather Graham and Sophie Nelisse. The film was released early 2020. Charlie will next be seen in the upcoming indie feature “Runt” scheduled for release in 2020. 

Jeremy Shada (Reggie) Jeremy Shada is an actor and musician best known for his role as the voice of Finn on the global animated series “Adventure Time,” the highest rated series in the history of Cartoon Network. Jeremy most recently starred as Tyler Pendergrast for two seasons on the Verizon/New Form Digital series “Mr. Student Body President.” Additionally, Jeremy also stars as Lance, on Netflix's animated series “Voltron: Legendary Defenders.” Previously Jeremy starred as Denton on “Denton’s Death Note” for Snap and was a cast member on Cartoon Network's “Incredible Crew.” Jeremy began his career playing young Charlie Pace on ABC's Lost. 

Owen Joyner (Alex) Born in Denver, Colorado, Owen lived his early childhood years in his mother's hometown in Germany. Eventually, the family moved back to the states and landed in Norman, Oklahoma. He now resides and travels between Los Angeles and Oklahoma. In 2010 Owen started performing in small community theatre productions in Norman, Oklahoma, performing in countless musicals and eventually making his way to the Oklahoma City Civic Center to play Peter Cratchit in Lyric Theaters "A Christmas Carol." Owen made his television debut playing series regular Christian "Crispo" Powers on Nickelodeon's "100 Things to do Before High School", created by Scott Fellows, which followed three middle schoolers attempting to complete 100 things before high school in order to save their relationship in time for the battlefield of high school. Soon after, Owen appeared as the host, and cast member in a fast-paced sketch comedy show "It’s On." The following year Owen would land the lead character "Arc" on the Nickelodeon series “Knight Squad.” 

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Kenny Ortega (Director / Executive Producer) Kenny Ortega is a multi award-winning director, choreographer, and producer. One of the top creatives in television and film today, Ortega is known for the “High School Musical” franchise, which earned him a Primetime Emmy and Directors Guild of America Award. He is also the executive producer for the film’s multi-platinum soundtracks. In 2008, Ortega directed and executive produced “High School Musical 3: Senior Year (HSM 3)” for Walt Disney Motion Pictures. “HSM 3” was the biggest theatrical box office opening for a musical in history. Widely acclaimed for his genre-bending work in musicals, drama, comedy, and family programs, Ortega has directed and/or choreographed international phenomenons including the “Descendants” trilogy, “Newsies,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty in Pink,” among others. 

This year, Netflix will release his next directorial project “Julie and the Phantoms,” a family musical television series. In 2019, Ortega directed “Descendants 3,” the third installment of the widely successful Disney Channel trilogy. In 2017, the “Descendants 2” Soundtrack debuted at #1 on iTunes. Other recent work include “A Change of Heart” (winner of the OUTshine Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature),“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” for FOX (which premiered during Halloween 2016), and The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Special for Freeform. 

In 2002, Ortega was honored with Directing and Choreography Emmy awards for his work as supervising choreographer and co-artistic director of the Salt Lake Olympic Ceremonies, and in 1996 earned an Emmy and American Choreography award for the Atlanta Olympic Ceremonies. 

Ortega has also received two Directors Guild of America Awards, The Fred & Adele Astaire Lifetime Achievement Award, Bob Fosse Award, American Choreography Lifetime Achievement Award, MTV Video Music Award, American Music Award, Billboard Award, ALMA Award, Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, Imagen Creative Achievement Award, and an NAACP Image Award, among others.

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