News - Aug 29, 2022
The latest star has been cast for Paramount+'s upcoming YA series School Spirits. Milo Manheim will star in the live-action series alongside Cobra Kai's Peyton List, it was announced on Monday. As Zed Necropolis on Disney Channel's Zombies franchise, Manheim also appeared on American Housewife, The Conners, and Dancing With the Stars. In his glory days, Wally was a star high school football player in the 1980s, and the actor will portray him.
In the series, a teen trapped in the afterlife investigates her mysterious disappearance with other students who are also trapped in limbo at their high school. In the fall of 2023, Clarion Books/HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books, will publish School Spirits, the upcoming graphic novel by Nate & Megan Trinrud and Maria Nguyen.
The eight-episode series will be directed by Pretty Little Liars alum Oliver Goldstick. Max Winkler, whose work includes Cruel Summer and Jungleland, will direct the pilot episode of School Spirits. Nickelodeon and Awesomeness co-heads Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin will oversee production. Maheim told Hollywood Life in a previous interview, "I feel like I have a responsibility to use my voice in a positive way for the fans and people watching."
I'm talking to my mother about what I'm going to use this platform for and I don't know what I'll do with it, but to me, I see all these videos and I get so many comments and feedback from all the families that have watched them. This just helps the young girls and boys through their school experience."
Often, I'll get letters saying, "I have been bullied at school and your movie has helped me cope." I feel like I've made a difference in so many lives. That's what means the most to me. Having the cast as a family is something I will always cherish. My friends are all in Toronto, even though I haven't spent that much time there.
Since I leave so much of my life back in Toronto, I feel like a Torontonian. There is so much happening there, and when you go shoot a film like that, it becomes your entire world. I consider everything about this to be a blessing."