‘Crater’: McKenna Grace Heads To The Moon For ‘Stand By Me’-esque Coming-Of-Age Story

If there’s one up ‘n coming actress I think has the potential to be a gigantic star in the next few years it’s McKenna Grace. She’s been absolutely fantastic in pretty much everything, and has plenty of franchise experience with roles in Captain Marvel, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ready Player One, and the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife. But it’s her smaller performances in films like Gifted, I Tonya, and Troop Zero that show her amazing range for someone who is only 14-years-old. And now she’ll take those talents to Disney+ for a new coming-of-age movie titled Crater.

Deadline reports Grace will star in Crater, described as a coming-of-age story similar to Stand By Me, except this one is set on the moon.

Crater is described as a coming-of-age story in the vein of Stand By Me, set on a moon colony. After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

The film will be directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, whose feature films include the Jonathan Groff comedy C.O.G. and horror The Stanford Prison Experiment. He’s also helmed episodes of 13 Reasons Why and the entire second season of Homecoming.

Filming on Crater begins this spring. Coming up for Grace is a recurring role on The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as the James Wan horror Malignant.




Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.