Indian-American teen actress Avantika Vandanapu to star in ‘Mean Girls – The Musical’

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Indian-American teen actress Avantika Vandanapu has been cast to essay the role of Karen Smith in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming film based on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical ‘Mean Girls.’

The film, written by Tina Fey, is a modern take on the classic hit from 2004.

The Los Angeles-based actor-dancer-producer says, “I am thrilled to be a part of this project and bring a fresh perspective to the iconic role of Karen Smith. My hope is to use my platform to shed light on the causes that matter to me, and inspire others to do the same.”

On the sidelines of this announcement, Avantika will also star and executive produce live-action young-adult series for Disney Branded Television, titled ‘A Crown Of Wishes’ this year, making her the youngest ever South Asian to accomplish this feat.

The fantasy series adaptation is based on Roshani Chokshi’s New York Times bestseller which is rooted in Hindu mythology.

Avantika is also currently shooting for Amazon Prime’s ‘Masoom’ directed by Nitya Mehra and national award-winner Sudanshu Saria.

On the international front, she will soon be seen as a lead in Screen Gems ‘Horrorscope’.