“Mean Girls” meets “Revenge of the Nerds” in “The Outcasts”, releasing in select movie theaters and on VOD platforms April 14th 2017.
“The Outcasts” features an all-star cast led by Victoria Justice (“Victorious,” “Eye Candy”) and Eden Sher (“The Middle,” “Star vs. The Forces of Evil”), also starring Avan Jogia (“Tut,” “Victorious”), Peyton List (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Jessie”), Ashley Rickards (“Awkward,” “Behaving Badly”), Claudia Lee (“Hart of Dixie,” “Kiss Ass 2”) and Katie Chang (“The Bling Ring,” “A Birder’s Guide to Everything”).
The film follows best friends Jodi (Victoria Justice) and Mindy (Eden Sher), who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female (Claudia Lee) with the help of her ‘intern’ Mackenzie (Peyton List). They plan to ride out their senior year under the radar, but when they become the victim of a humiliating prank, the two hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school and start a social revolution. They join forces with an affable slacker (Avan Jogia), a girl scout with a secret (Katie Chang) and an overachiever with dirt on everyone (Ashley Rickards).
Directed by Peter Hutchings and produced by BCDF Pictures, whose previous productions include “The Bachelorette” and “Liberal Arts”, “The Outcasts” is a wickedly funny teen comedy that also touches on the topical issue of social media bullying, which infuses the story with rich and relevant subject matter.
Director Peter Hutchings says: “The Outcasts aims to show that beneath the superficial differences, we’re all very similar and we’re all afraid. Part of the story we’re telling here is about opening yourself up and letting yourself be more than one thing.
On making “The Outcasts”, Victoria Justice said: “It’s a great coming of age story and it’s full of unique characters. It’s about embracing, accepting and loving who you are and really at the core of the movie, it’s about friendship. I think it’s a beautiful, touching and important story.“
Eden Sher commented: “I think that for anyone outside of high school, it’s so easy to forget what it actually felt like to be in high school. This is written from a human honesty and it’s hard to do that.”
Avan Jogia added: “When I read the script, it didn’t strike me just as a fun teen movie. It’s also smarter than that and there are a lot of fun cultural references. I think we assume the audience knows what we’re talking about, which is nice.”
Claude Dal Farra of BCDF Pictures says: “We are pleased to Share The Outcasts with America, this movie is for everyone and aims to send a positive message that you should never let anyone tell you who you are.”
“The Outcasts” marks the first North American release for long-standing LATAM distributor Swen in partnership with Eammon Films and Vision Films
Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films Lise Romanoff says: “The Outcasts is a clever comedy that will appeal to a much wider audience that it’s core demographic.”
Swen Group founder Murray Lipnik says: “We are excited to partner with Eammon Films and Vision Films to make ‘The Outcasts’ our first release in our expansion into the US market. A fantastic cast and a really funny movie that we believe audiences will find very entertaining”
Rob Lynch of Eammon Films says: “This is one hilarious movie. If you like classic high school comedies you are going to absolutely love ‘The Outcasts’. Everybody on the film just killed it!”