Awkwafina and Karen Gillan to reteam for Amazon Studios action-comedy ‘Shelly’

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Karen Gillan, left, and Awkwafina appear in a scene from “Jumanji: The Next Level.” [Columbia Pictures photo]

“Jumanji: The Next Level” co-stars Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are set to reunite for the action-comedy “Shelly.”

Deadline reports that Amazon Studios has acquired the project, which will be directed by Jude Weng (the upcoming Netflix film “Finding Ohana” as well as TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Good Place” and “Young Sheldon”).

The script is by Liz Storm and Michael Doneger, and Deadline reports that the latter wrote the story for a high-concept film that combines high school nostalgia, comedy and action, with a tone is that is described as a mix of “Mean Girls” and “Barry.”

“Shelly” is set 10 years after an embarrassing prom prank ran Shelly Wheeler (Awkwafina) out of town and set her on the path to become hard-hearted hit-woman. When she learns her next target is her former high school bully, Dianna Park (Gillan), Shelly looks forward to sweet revenge. But Dianna unexpectedly befriends Shelly, prompting the contract killer to protect her old enemy against a squad of assassins booked to off them both.

Ian Bryce (“6 Underground”) is producing, with Will McCance executive producing and Katie Malott co-producing.




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