Casting, director of Netflix’s “Ivy and Bean” film series

Netflix has announced the cast and production crew for its upcoming “Ivy and Bean” family movie series.

Elissa Down directs the live action films, based on the bestselling children’s book series. Down previously worked with the streaming platform on the musical “Feel the Beat” and the drama “The Honor List”.

Young actors Keslee Blalock and Madison Skye Validum will play Ivy and Bean respectively, while Lidya Jewett will play a character named Nancy. Blalock has already appeared in “Family Camp” and “Pulled From Darkness”. Jewett’s screen credits include “Good Girls”, “Feel the Beat” and “Nightbooks”.

“Ivy and Bean” centers on two girls who never expected to be friends. However, the calm and thoughtful Ivy and the playful and fearless Bean soon discover that seemingly different people can be best friends. The series, written Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, has 12 books in total.

Screenwriters Kathy Waugh (“Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” and “Molly of Denali”) and Jeff Stockwell (“Bridge to Terabithia” and “A Wrinkle in Time”) are writing the films, which will each last an hour and be destined for families with young children.

Kindle Entertainment, which is supported by Lionsgate TV, produces the series. Melanie Stokes and Anne Brogan, whose credits include “The A List”, “Kiss Me First” and “Four Kids and It”, will also be producers.

Validum is represented by Alicia Beekman and Laura Thede at DDO Artists Agency. Blalock is replaced by MC Talent Management, Coast to Coast and Sloan P. Whiteside. Down is replaced by Verve and lawyer Eric Feig.

Andrea G. Henderson