Every great fairy tale has to start somewhere, and Netflix is taking you back to the beginning with The School for Good and Evil. Directed by Paul Feig as his follow-up to 2019’s Last Christmas, the film is based on the popular novels by author Soman Chainani.
Continuing to play the heel because let’s face it, she’s damn good at it, Charlize Theron is Lady Lesso of the School for Evil. Kerry Washington plays her opposite, Professor Dovey of the School for Good. The film is led by Sofia Wylie as Agatha, and Sophia Anne Caruso as Sophie, unlikely best friends who find their fortunes reversed when they are kidnapped and taken to the titular school.
The rest of the cast is pretty great with Michelle Yeoh, Laurence Fishburne, Sophia Anne Caruso, Sofia Wylie, Kit Young, Peter Serafinowicz, Ben Kingsley, Rachel Bloom, Rob Delaney, Patti LuPone, and Cate Blanchette who voices the Storian.
The School for Good and Evil hits Netflix on October 21st and if it’s a hit, expect to see a lot more of them.
In the village of Gavaldon, two misfits and best friends, Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie), share the unlikeliest of bonds. Sophie, a golden-haired seamstress, dreams of escaping her dreary life to become a princess, while Agatha, with her grim aesthetic and offbeat mother, has the makings of a real witch. One night under a blood-red moon, a powerful force sweeps them away to the School for Good and Evil — where the true stories behind every great fairy tale begin. Yet something is amiss from the start: Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil, run by the glamourous and acid-tongued Lady Lesso (Charlize Theron), and Agatha in the School for Good, overseen by the sunny and kind Professor Dovey (Kerry Washington). As if navigating classes with the offspring of the Wicked Witch (Freya Parks), Captain Hook (Earl Cave), and King Arthur (Jamie Flatters) wasn’t hard enough, according to the Schoolmaster (Laurence Fishburne), only true love’s kiss can change the rules and send the girls to their rightful schools and destiny. But when a dark and dangerous figure (Kit Young) with mysterious ties to Sophie reemerges and threatens to destroy the school and the world beyond entirely — the only way to a happy ending is to survive their real-life fairytale first.