'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase': Sophia Lillis stars as teen detective highlighting 'female brain power'
The upcoming Warner Bros. film 'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase' will not be reminiscent of Emma Roberts' 2007's Nancy Drew and neither will it echo the 1930's film
Nancy Drew has been a cult-favorite, teen girl detective for generations and in a world of reboots and remakes, it is only fitting the feminist and cultural icon comes alive on our screens. At the beginning of 2018, it was announced 'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase' will translate into a 2019 movie starring Sophia Lillis, who played Beverly in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's 'IT.'
The production kicked off in June and in an exclusive interview with music composer Sherri Chung, we learned a bit more about our strong-headed protagonist. As we were interviewing Chung for her outstanding work in the on-going, The CW's genre-bending hit 'Riverdale,' she disclosed to us that she had just wrapped up work for 'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.'
Sharing an insightful exclusive into what we are going to see in the upcoming movie, Chung said: "Nancy Drew is an iconic character I loved supporting through music." Adding that the experience of working in the film was "extremely fun and pertinent of the time," she revealed the plot is all about "female brain power!"
In 2007's adaptation, Emma Roberts played the titular detective, who moves to Los Angeles from a little town and ends up solving bigger mysteries. 'The Hidden Staircase' was the second book published in the Nancy Drew series that followed a plot of a haunted house, a missing landowner and an ominous railroad company. The upcoming film, however, shows an edgier version of Nancy Drew, who has switched her signature hairband for a skateboard, and her wealthy background for that of an outsider.
Novo! O filme Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase, protagonizado por Sophia Lillis, teve sua estreia marcada para o dia 15 de março de 2019! pic.twitter.com/HqVt91XAaC— Sophia Lillis Brasil (@SophiaLillisBra) November 14, 2018
The synopsis of the film reads 2019's Nancy Drew is "a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, who stumbles upon the haunting of a local home. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community."
In 1939, 'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase,' was also turned into a film, but Nancy Drew fans could hardly find any similarities between Carolyn Keene’s novels and the film. It was massively criticized for keeping the originality confined only to the word "staircase."
The upcoming movie seems to have taken its own liberties, but given that it's 2019 next year, the film may not stick to the 1930's plot and context. And, given Chung has worked on the music, we don't doubt how intriguing the film will turn out to be.