Joey King's next Netflix movie Uglies sets September 2024 release date

Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's "A Family Affair"
Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's "A Family Affair" / Emma McIntyre/GettyImages

Following the success of her romantic comedy A Family Affair, Joey King isn't finished making a splash on Netflix this year. The hit rom-com also starring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron was just the beginning of King's potentially massive year on the streaming service. This fall, King will star in her next Netflix original movie, as Uglies finally has an official release date.

The film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld's best-selling novel has long been in the works and had been awaiting word on a release date. According to Netflix's press site, Uglies will make its premiere on Friday, Sept. 13. After King's big summer with A Family Affair and Despicable Me 4 (which will also be on Netflix later this year), she's now setting her sights on dominating fall.

King stars in Uglies as Tally Youngblood, who lives in a society where people undergo cosmetic surgery procedures at the age of 16 in order to become a "Pretty." While Tally feels excitement for her chance to become a Pretty, her friend Shay isn't as keen on making this change. She runs away, and Tally runs after her before becoming a Pretty, learning information along the way that changes everything.

Uglies movie finally releasing on Netflix this fall

A film adaptation of Westerfeld's 2005 book first entered development the year after its release, though work on an Uglies movie stalled until 2020. The movie adaptation then picked up steam again, having landed King as its star and McG as its director. McG has directed such hit films as Charlie's Angels and its sequel, Terminator Salvation, The Babysitter, and Family Switch.

Uglies also stars Keith Powers, Brianne Tju, Laverne Cox, and Outer Banks star Chase Stokes. Back in February 2022, King confirmed that filming had wrapped on the movie, which took place in December 2021. That's almost three years ago! Because of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, post-production work likely took a fair amount of time and, of course, the strikes set everything back last year.

Beyond A Family Affair and the forthcoming Uglies, King has been no stranger to Netflix. The actress starred in one of the streaming service's most popular original film trilogies as the lead of all three of The Kissing Booth movies. With Uglies now on the calendar for September and Despicable Me 4 tentatively coming later this year, too, she's without a doubt among the streamer's top talents. There's no doubt that Uglies could become the star's biggest Netflix movie yet.

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