Paper Girls: Ali Wong Joins Amazon Prime Series Adaptation

A little more than a week after fans of Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Ex Machina) and Cliff Chiang's (Wonder Woman, Human Target) best-selling graphic novel Paper Girls learned who would be playing the leads in Amazon Prime's upcoming adaptation, Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe) has also been confirmed to be joining the cast. Wong's Adult Erin is the woman twelve-year-old Erin Tieng (Altered Carbon's Riley Lai Nelet) grows up to become. When the two Erins finally come face-to-face, they are forced to confront the gap between their childhood hopes, dreams, ambitions, and the reality of their grown-up life. Joining Wong and Nelet are Sofia Rosinsky (Fast Layne), Camryn Jones (Cherish the Day), and Fina Strazza (A Christmas Melody)- with production in Chicago set to kick off later this year. Produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, in association with Plan B. Stephany Folsom (co-writer, Toy Story 4), Christopher Cantwell (Halt and Catch Fire), and Christopher C. Rogers (Halt and Catch Fire) will serve as executive producers, with Folsom and Rogers also serving as co-showrunners

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In Amazon Studios' Paper Girls, four young girls (Rosinsky, Jones, Nelet, Strazza) who while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. As they travel between our present, the past, and the future- they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate. Here's a look at the released character descriptions:

A look at Paper Girls (Image: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang)
A look at Paper Girls (Image: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang)

Mac Coyle (Rosinsky): A working-class Catholic girl, Mac is the first paperboy in Stony Stream who isn't a boy. Mac inherited the paper route from her older brother, someone for whom she has undying loyalty and love… which might be the wrong place to put it. Mac's toughness however is no act, she has a sharp tongue and quicker fists. Like most bullies, Mac is perhaps masking a deep well of insecurity. Usually a loner by choice, events conspire to cast Mac as the unlikely leader of our Paper Girls on Hell Day 1988.

Tiffany Quilkin (Jones): The only child of success-oriented, mixed-race parents, Tiffany has big plans for her future and no intention of seeing them derailed. While she is at times willing to improve on the truth when in a tight spot, there is no denying that Tiffany is crazy smart. She boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, a love of gadgets and technology. She has been delivering papers for a little over a year.

Erin Tieng (Nelet): A dutiful daughter, sister, and yes, newly-minted newspaper employee, Erin often feels caught between worlds. On the one hand, she's a dual-language immigrant with deep Chinese roots, on the other, she's an All-American kid on the verge of her teenage years who desperately wants the TV-perfect life she often sees depicted in the Western culture all around her.

KJ Brandman (Strazza): KJ is one of the only Jewish girls in Stony Stream and comes from the wealthiest family in town, two things nobody will let her forget. It is perhaps only when playing field hockey that she feels truly seen – an image that conflicts starkly with her mother's desires for her. KJ is guarded, sensitive and underneath her veneer, emotionally roiling. She doesn't need the paper-delivery job, but it makes her feel free.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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