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The Summer I Turned Pretty - Newcomer Lola Tung Cast As Lead; 3 Others Cast

Newcomer Lola Tung is set as the lead in The Summer I Turned Pretty, Amazon’s TV adaptation of Jenny Han’s YA novel series. Rachel Blanchard (You Me Her), Jackie Chung (Coming Home Again) and Christopher Briney (Dali Land) also are set as series regulars in the eight-episode Prime Video series, a co-production of Amazon Studios and wiip.

Tung’s Belly, the series lead, used to be gawky and awkward, but this summer she turns 16 and she is starting to turn heads-and it’s taking some getting used to. Conrad Fisher, played by Briney, the boy she’s loved forever, the boy who never even looked in her direction-is paying attention to her. It’s exhilarating to suddenly be an object of desire…but it’s also scary.

Blanchard will play Susannah. Warm-hearted, free-spirited, Susannah is Laurel’s (Chung) best friend who hosts the two families every summer in her luxurious beach town home. She’s repped by Buchwald and Thruline Entertainment.

Chung’s Laurel, Belly’s mom, is a novelist with a wry sense of humor and an aversion to technology. Since her divorce a year ago, Laurel has been stressed and unfocused, which is affecting her writing for the first time in her career.

Briney’s Conrad is a straight-A student and a star athlete. Conrad has always been responsible and serious — and the boy that Belly has yearned for her whole life. Belly arrives at his family’s summer house to discover that Conrad has become moody and distant — something has changed in him, but he’s not saying what.