During last year’s Disney+ Day, it was revealed that a live-action version of the popular book “Better Nate Than Ever”, would be coming to Disney+ in the spring and today, Entertainment Weekly has released some new details and images from the film.
This new musical comedy stars newcomer Rueby Wood as Nate Foster, who is a small town kid with big Broadway dreams. But there’s only one problem for the aspiring theater star: he can’t even land a part in his school play. So when his parents leave town, Nate and his BFF Libby (Aria Brooks) sneak off to New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prove everyone wrong.
The film also stars Joshua Bassett, who is one of the lead actors in the Disney+ Original series, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”, along with Lisa Kudrow, Michelle Federer, and Norbert Leo Butz. “Better Nate Than Ever” is being directed by Tim Federle, who wrote the book and also created “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”.
Tim Federle also explained that he made some changes from the book for the film, including expanding the brothers roles but also making the film more Disney-fied:
“The biggest change is that the book had E.T.: the Broadway Musical as its winking fake musical that Nate was auditioning for, and in the movie, I’m working for Disney now and Lilo & Stitch emerged as something I could make a musical out of. So Nate is auditioning for Lilo & Stitch.”
Tim also spoke about working with Joshua Bassett again for this film
“Joshua Bassett has been this good luck charm for me since he was cast as the very first series regular in HSMTMTS, and it was a joy when he signed on to this very different role of Nate’s jock older brother. It was really full-circle. I knew that Josh had this dream of living in New York City in an apartment with no air conditioning and just writing songs all day, and I was like, if you come do this movie, you’re going to get paid to live in New York City for a summer. And he was like, ‘I’m in!’”
Here’s a first look at “Better Nate Than Ever”:
“Better Nate Than Ever” is coming to Disney+ on Friday 1st April 2022.