Utkarsh Ambudkar & Ryan Hansen Join Rachael Leigh Cook In Fox Feature Film ‘There She Goes’

EXCLUSIVE: There She Goes, a feature film loosely based on Rachael Leigh Cook’s real-life experiences as a ‘90s star, has found the rest of its cast.

She’s All That star Cook will star in the movie, which comes from Fox Entertainment Studios, alongside Ghosts star Utkarsh Ambudkar and Party Down’s Ryan Hansen.

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Lea DeLaria (Orange Is The New Black), Becky Ann Baker (Girls), Mark Linn-Baker (Succession), Sakina Jaffrey (Billions), and Alok Tewari (The Good Fight) also star.

The film was part of a wide-ranging deal that Cook signed last year with Marvista Entertainment. The company restructured its team with Marvista founding partner Fernando Szew becoming Head of Fox Entertainment Studios, which also consists of Bento Box Entertainment, Marvista, Studio Ramsay Global, TMZ and Fox’s scripted studio.

Night Owls duo Charles Hood and Seth Goldsmith wrote the script and Hood directs. Cook’s production company Ben’s Sister Productions and Choice Films will produce alongside Fox Entertainment Studios. Choice’s Summer Crockett Moore and Tony Glazer serve as producers. Cook and Ambudkar will serve as executive producers along with  Szew, Hannah Pillemer, Ani Kevork, and Angie Day.

The film centers on Molly (Cook) and Advay (Ambudkar), who as high school sweethearts seemed destined for their own forever until Molly landed a lead role in the quintessential ‘90s teen romcom, There She Goes, and rocketed to stardom in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Advay stayed behind, running his parents’ bar in their small hometown. Twenty-five years later, despite her reputation as a romcom queen, Molly is cynical about all things love and finds herself settled into an easy relationship with tech mogul Ezra (Hansen). But when she returns to her hometown to plan a big anniversary surprise party for her parents, Molly and Advay are forced to interact for the first time in decades after Molly is left with no choice but to hold the party at his bar. With old feelings starting to return, Molly becomes torn between her comfortable life with Ezra and the possibility of the future she could’ve had with Advay. With life imitating art, will Molly finally have her own romcom ending?

The romantic comedy will be distributed by Fox Entertainment Global and production has begun production in New York.

Cook recently starred in the Netflix film A Tourist’s Guide to Love, which she developed the concept for and produced. The film was shot in Vietnam, a first for the streamer. Prior to that, she was seen in the film Spirit Halloween, opposite Christopher Lloyd, and also starred in Netflix’s He’s All That, a gender-swapped remake of her 1999 hit romantic comedy

“Fox Entertainment Studios has a long history of empowering female filmmakers and I’m excited to be working with Hannah and the team on our latest project, There She Goes, especially after the successful collaboration we had on Rescuing Christmas,” said Cook. “This is the kind of story I can only tell once and their trust in me and Utkarsh, along with Charles and Seth, has been incredible. This film loosely borrows from aspects of my life and career, and I can’t wait for audiences to see it.”

“I love this story and our cast. And I love that this film fits perfectly into our initiative to make female forward stories,” added Hannah Pillemer, EVP, Creative Services, Fox Entertainment Studios. “Rachael is absolutely made for this role, not just because it’s based in part on her own life experiences, but because she has a warmth, relatability and vulnerability that will grab the hearts of the audience.”

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