Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who broke out in Netflix’s coming-of-age series “Never Have I Ever,” has landed her first film role.
The 19-year-old actor is set to star in “The Netherfield Girls,” a romantic comedy with literary pedigree. The movie is described as a “fresh and contemporary” take on “Pride and Prejudice” in the spirit of the Emma Stone teen comedy “Easy A” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” Ramakrishnan will portray Lizzie Bennet, the protagonist of Jane Austen’s classic novel who eventually discovers the man she thinks is Mr. Wrong is in fact Mr. Right.
“The Netherfield Girls” was sold to Netflix, with Becca Gleason directing the movie from an original script she wrote. Temple Hill Entertainment is producing the film. A release date has not been announced.
Gleason’s first feature film “Summer ’03,” a comedic drama starring Joey King as a teenager grappling with her grandmother’s death, premiered at South by Southwest in 2018. Most recently, Gleason was a consulting producer on the upcoming Amazon series “The Summer I Turned Pretty.”
“Never Have I Ever” was created by Mindy Kaling and debuted in April 2020, becoming a feel-good hit in the height of the pandemic. As one of 15,000 candidates to apply through an open casting call, Ramakrishnan was plucked from obscurity to star in the show. Her performance as the spunky high schooler Devi Vishwakumar earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best actress.
Gleason is represented by ICM Partners, Echo Lake Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. Ramakrishnan is represented by ICM Partners, Premier Artists Management, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.