EMMA ROBERTS (Nancy Drew, Aquamarine) stars in the comedy Wild Child as 16-year-old Poppy: a self-obsessed, incorrigible brat who lives a pampered life in her L.A. world. Though she’s handed credit cards with unlimited balances and surrounded by countless hangers-on, Poppy can’t escape the mounting frustration she feels with her family situation. And she makes sure that everyone knows it.
After an over-the-top prank pushes her father, Gerry (AIDAN QUINN, television’s Canterbury’s Law, Dark Matter), one step too far, Poppy is shipped off to an English boarding school. Finding herself in a foreign world of early curfews, stern matrons and mandatory lacrosse, the Malibu princess has finally met her match: a school of British girls who won’t tolerate her spoiled ways.
Under the watchful eye of the school’s headmistress, Mrs. Kingsley (NATASHA RICHARDSON, Evening, The White Countess), and surrounded by a new circle of friends, Poppy begrudgingly realizes her bad-girl behavior will only get her so far. But just because she must grow into a fine young lady doesn’t mean this wild child won’t be spending every waking hour shaking up a very proper system…
Joining Roberts, Richardson and Quinn in the comedy are SHIRLEY HENDERSON (Harry Potter series, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) as the boarding school’s watchful matron; ALEX PETTYFER (Tom Brown’s School Days, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker) as Poppy’s local distraction (and Mrs. Kingsley’s son), Freddie; and NICK FROST (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) as the hairstylist who helps Poppy in her transformation, Mr. Christopher.
Wild Child marks the directorial debut of NICK MOORE from a screenplay by LUCY DAHL (upcoming Girl of the Moment). The film is produced by Working Title’s TIM BEVAN and ERIC FELLNER (Definitely, Maybe, Atonement) and DIANA PHILLIPS (Death at a Funeral, Alfie).
The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography CHRIS SEAGER (upcoming Chilled in Miami, The Merry Gentelman), production designer EVE STEWART (Becoming Jane, The Good Night), editor SIMON COZENS (The Last Legion, The Kovak Box) and costume designer JULIA CASTON (Sex and Death 101, What We Do Is Secret). The music for Wild Child is by MICHAEL PRICE (upcoming 7 Lives, Agent Crush). Working Title’s DEBRA HAYWARD (Nanny McPhee, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) and LIZA CHASIN (Definitely, Maybe, Atonement) serve as executive producers.