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The School For Good And Evil - What We Know So Far

Netflix has been steadily building its collection of fantasy novel adaptations. In the last two years alone, the streaming company debuted The Umbrella Academy¸ The Witcher, Warrior Nun, Cursed, Locke & Key, Letter for the King, and Fate: The Winx Saga – just to name a few. Now Netflix is beefing up its fantasy movie slate with the pending film The School for Good and Evil, an adaptation of the first book in a six-part middle-grade series.

Bearing the same name as the film, the first book in the series — which is written by Soman Chainani — debuted in 2013. It tells the story of two young girls who get swept away to a mysterious school where boys and girls train to become fairy tale villains and heroes. The Netflix adaptation was announced in May 2020, with Bridesmaids and A Simple Favor director Paul Feig already attached to direct.

"I'm truly excited to bring this amazing, touching, funny, and empowering world that Soman created in his wonderful books," Feig told Deadline at the time. "I feel like a frog that just turned into a prince." Chainani expressed to Deadline his approval of Feig, calling the director a "perfect fit for the twists and turns of The School for Good & Evil."

The final book in Chainani's series was released last year, and as of Deadline's report in 2020, the franchise had sold more than 2.5 million copies and been translated into 30 languages worldwide. With the smash hit novel series' adaptation approaching, and recent casting announcements re-igniting fan chatter, it felt like as good a time as any to dig into the details of the project.

Here's everything we know so far about The School for Good and Evil film.

When will The School for Good and Evil movie be released?

The film is, unfortunately for hungry fans, still in the early stages, with casting apparently ongoing. The leads were announced back in December, and two more stars joined in February 2021, but alas no specific film release date has yet been determined. According to Variety, Netflix is planning for a 2022 release, which sounds plausible given the early stage of development.

If that comes to fruition, it would be a quick turnaround, as Netflix just last year acquired the rights from the initial claimant, Universal. Variety noted the project already has a slated filming location — at Belfast Harbour Studios in Northern Ireland — so the streamer must be serious about getting this thing done. 

Covid-19 still looms large as a potential threat to The School for Good and Evil's timeline. Let's just hope that vaccine rollouts continue apace (for a number of reasons), and that the 2022 goal will be achieved. In the meantime, it looks like fans will have the excitement of continued casting announcements to keep them going.

Who's in the cast of The School for Good and Evil?

In December of 2020, Feig announced the film's leading ladies via tweet. For the sake of fan confusion, Sofia Wylie will play the part of gritty Agatha and Sophia Anne Caruso will play the bubbly Sophie. You can't make this stuff up.

Wylie is a 16-year-old actress, singer, and dancer. She has thus far worked primarily in television, starring on Disney Channel's Andi Mack and the Emmy-winning Shook, and on Disney+'s hit show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Caruso, meanwhile, is an actress and singer whose biggest claim to fame (so far) is playing Lydia Deetz in the Beetlejuice musical on Broadway.

Joining the young stars in their new high-profile The School for Good and Evil gig are two A-list superstars: Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington. Feig announced the big gets again with a tweet, saying: "Everyone, prepare to get schooled!"

As Entertainment Weekly reported, Theron will play Lady Leonaro Lesso, the school's Dean of Evil, and Washington will play Professor Clarissa Dovey, the school's Dean of Good, and Lesso's best friend. Both Washington and Theron have been busy of late. Theron's recent acting credits include the Netflix action film The Old Guard and the award-winning Fox News drama Bombshell. Theron also produced those and several other recent projects. She'll next appear in the newest Fast and Furious film, F9, and return as the voice of Morticia Addams in the sequel to the 2019 animated reboot of the beloved Addams Family franchise. Washington last year starred in the Netflix musical comedy The Prom, and starred in and co-produced the Hulu book adaptation Little Fires Everywhere.

The additions of Washington and Theron to The School for Good and Evil cast brings our announced total to four, but more can be expected in short order. On the creative side, Feig's team includes David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns) and Laura Solon (Office Christmas Party, Let It Snow), who will be working together on the screenplay. Chainani also has a screenplay writing credit, as well as a the often-ceremonial executive producer title.

What is the plot of The School for Good and Evil?

Details are scarce about the plot of The School for Good and Evil – probably due to the fact that the screenplay has yet to be written – but as described by various reports, the film is set to stay true to the book. 

Sophie and Agatha are best friends, though each has a different expectation about where they might end up if they are picked for the mysterious, legendary School for Good and Evil, to which children have been whisked away for centuries. Sophie, a lover of dresses and all things pink and princess, wants to and anticipates getting to train to be a fairy tale hero, like Cinderella and Snow White, while Agatha's dark aesthetic and colder disposition suggest she's a fit for training to be a villain. However, when the two are plucked away to the school, they're assigned to the opposite tracks — Agatha to the heroes class, and Sophie to the villains class. Though it seems to be a mistake, it sets the girls on a path to discover who they really are.

With six books in the series, it will be interesting to see if the film sticks to only one book or merges multiple in an effort to tell more of the story at once. Does landing A-listers Washington and Theron guarantee at least a couple sequels? Time will tell.