Rising stars Dylan Gelula (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Brianna Hildebrand (“Deadpool”) are set to star in Kerem Sanga’s indie “First Girl I Loved,” a romantic dramedy about a burgeoning romance between two teenage girls, TheWrap has learned.
Mateo Arias (Disney’s “Kickin’ It”) co-stars alongside Pamela Adlon (“Louie”), Tim Heidecker (“Entertainment”), Erik Griffin (“Workaholics”) and Cameron Esposito (“Maron”).
Sanga, whose previous film “The Young Kieslowski” won the audience award at last year’s LA Film Festival, wrote the script and is directing the movie.
Dave Hunter and Ross Putman are producing through their PSH Collective banner alongside Independent Spirit Award-winning producer Seth Caplan. Production is currently underway in Los Angeles.
Set in the San Fernando Valley, “First Girl I Loved” stars Gelula as a sarcastic, closeted teenager, while Hildebrand plays a classmate who’s suddenly unsure of her own orientation. Arias co-stars as Gelula’s best friend.
“For me, this movie wouldn’t even be worth making if we couldn’t find an amazing cast. The film revolves around three very different teenagers, and Dylan, Brianna, and Mateo bring them to life in a way I could never have anticipated,” said Sanga.
Gelula will make her feature film debut in “First Girl I Loved” after breaking out as Xanthippe Voorhees on Netflix’s acclaimed comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” She’s represented by ICM Partners, Christopher Nathaniel at Industry Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Hildebrand is coming off one of the hottest presentations at Comic Con thanks to “Deadpool,” in which she plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead. She’s repped by ICM Partners and Carl Rumbaugh at 23 Management Group.
Arias will soon be seen in the indie comedy “Good Kids” alongside Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Braun, Demian Bichir and Ashley Judd. He’s repped by TalentWorks and attorney Derek Kroeger.
Sanga is represented by APA and Madhouse Entertainment.