IMDb TV has found its contacts for High schoola coming-of-age drama series based on the memoir by Tegan and Sara Quin, from Destroyed co-creator Clea DuVall, Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios.
Discovered via TikTok by Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara themselves, TV newcomers and twins Railey and Seazynn Gilliland have been cast as the series stars, playing high school versions of Tegan and Sara. Cobie Smulders and Kyle Bornheimer will also guest stars on the series, playing the parents of the twins. High school Filming will begin March 21 in Calgary, AB.
High school is a story about the search for one’s own identity, a journey made even more complicated when you have a twin whose struggle and self-discovery so closely mimic their own. Told against the backdrop of 90s grunge and rave culture, the series intertwines with parallel and discordant memories of twin sisters growing up from each other down the hall.
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In the series, Railey will play the high school version of Tegan, a sociable, confident and outgoing teenager who turns to music to explore her vulnerabilities. Seazynn will play the high school version of Sara, a reserved, attentive and sensitive 15-year-old who, for the first time, begins to access her self-esteem through music.
Smulders will play Simone, Tegan and Sara’s funny, sharp and supportive mother, who struggles to define herself outside of her family. Bornheimer is Patrick, Simone’s boyfriend and Tegan and Sara’s pseudo-stepfather, who is an ordinary man.
“I felt happy when I first saw Railey and Seazynn on TikTok,” said Tegan Quin. “There was something undeniably intriguing about them: they were sweet and original, impossible not to look at them. I felt compelled to send Sara the video. “Too bad they don’t recite”, I wrote her. Sara did not let herself be discouraged. They were artists, musical and dynamic. “You can’t teach charisma,” said Sara, who had a lot of them. Sara was relentless: these were the twins who were supposed to play us. We were delighted when they were chosen and we couldn’t be more thrilled that everything worked out.
Tegan and Sara Quin, DuVall and Laura Kittrell will executive produce alongside Plan B Entertainment’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Carina Sposato of Plan B is a co-executive producer. DuVall will also write and direct more episodes, including the pilot. Amazon Studios in association with Plan B Entertainment will produce the series.
Railey and Seazynn were born and raised in Fresno, California. They are represented by The Osbrink Agency.
Smulders is best known for her starring roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and as Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She recently appeared in a cameo covering her HIMYM role of Robin Scherbatsky in the spinoff How I met your father, and as Anne Coulter in the acclaimed FX film American crime: impeachment. She is represented by UTA and Gang Tire Ramer & Brown.
Bornheimer was recently seen in a recurring role Brooklyn nine-nine and in a starring role in Armando Ianucci’s HBO series Avenue 5. Her most recent film credits include the voice of Wilden Lightfoot in the Academy Award nominated Disney / Pixard film Forward. Bornheimer is represented by Gersh, Haven Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein.