Burgeoning franchises and fairy-tale throwbacks alike bolster their casts today, with UglyDolls, Siren, and Tell Me a Story filling out characters for their upcoming premieres.
First up is a heavy-hitter, especially after appearing alongside Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Yes, according to The Wrap, Nick Jonas has landed a new role in a franchise based not on a fictional board game, but a real brand of toys created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. The singer-turned-actor will voice a character and sing an original song in STXfilms’ animated UglyDolls alongside talent like Kelly Clarkson and Pitbull.
This kids' movie has cast many world-famous pop sensations as ugly weirdos inhabiting Uglyville, where they will convince children that being different is OK. “The UglyDolls remind audiences the importance of acceptance and loving yourself, and as someone who started in this business very young, I understand the significance of using my platform to tell stories that lift others up,” said Jonas, per The Wrap.
This isn’t the end of the UglyAmbition, however, as an animated show is in the works at Hulu and STXfilms hopes the film will launch a franchise.
Looking to some projects that are perhaps a bit less corporately synergetic, Deadline reported on two actresses joining fairy tale-adjacent TV shows. Siren, Freeform’s twisted mermaid drama, is adding Natalee Linez to the second season as Nicole, an enigmatic character pursuing her own ends while distracting sadsack Xander from filling his eyes with tears whenever he’s on screen. A love interest, sure, but with plenty of twists.
Next up, CBS All Access’ fairy-tale thriller Tell Me a Story nabbed Dead of Summer’s Paulina Singer for its debut season. Singer will play Laney, a naive rebel who stumbles into the world’s gritty take on Little Red Riding Hood and other fables. She’ll undoubtedly be caught up in sex, drugs, violence, and — potentially — be eaten by a wolf.
Tell Me a Story debuts on Oct. 31.