Victoria Justice tapped to star in 'Fun Size'
Paramount comedy directed by Josh Schwartz
By Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Paramount has offered Victoria Justice the lead role in Josh Schwartz's edgy coming of age comedy "Fun Size."The star of the Nickelodeon show "Victorious" beat out the likes of Chloe Moretz and Jane Levy for the role. Schwartz will direct and produce along with Stephanie Savage through their Fake Empire shingle.
Max Werner penned the script, which revolves around a teen who is forced to take her brother out trick-or-treating, loses him along the way, and must find him before their mother finds out.
Bard Dorros, David Kanter and Michael Beugg will join Schwartz and Savage as producers.
Project and lead role have gained momentum in recent months. Werner's script was among those listed on the 2010 Black List, made up of the hottest specs on the market.
While many in the industry were focused on Katniss in "Hunger Games" as the hot role for young talent, the "Fun Size" turn quietly became gained its own cache for young female stars.
Sources tell Variety that other names showing interest in the role included Zoe Kravitz and Emma Roberts.
With Justice set and production scheduled for summer, the remaining cast should come together quickly. No release date has been set.
Justice continues to be seen in "Victorious."
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