If you had told 12-year-old me that I would have to choose between Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington as my school principal, I'll admit, I would have been at serious odds. While it may seem like an unrealistic crossroads for most high school students, this is the challenge that presents itself in Netflix's latest film, The School for Good and Evil.
The most recent adaptation on the streaming platform's growing list is based on the best-selling novel of the same name, authored by Soman Chainani. Heralded by Bridesmaids director, Paul Feig, the Litte Fires Everywhere star will portray Professor Dovey, the Dean of Good in the fantasy film; while Theron will play Lady Lesso, the Dean of the School for Evil.
The film follows the tale of two best friends – Sophie and Agatha – who unexpectedly uncover where ordinary boys and girls go to school to become fairytale legacies – heroes, and villains. So far, it sounds like a nostalgic, childhood dream my friends and I would have longed to discover.
Attention students: @paulfeig's THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL has made some new additions to the faculty.
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As detailed in Netflix's official synopsis: "With her princess ambitions, Sophie knows she'll be picked for the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her grim aesthetic and wicked cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.
"Yet soon the girls find their fortunes reversed: Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil, Agatha into the School for Good. But what if the mistake is the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are? Their friendship will be put to the test in this thrilling and comedic story where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one."
When Chainani's debut novel and the first in the six-part series was released in 2013, it instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Since then, The School for Good and Evil series has gone on to sell over 2.5 million copies, with the final instalment being released last year.