This holiday season’s most anticipated drama, called Embracing Insanity: How A Small-Town Girl Became World Ruler, is being released into theaters December 17th. It is predicted to surpass Twilight and Harry Potter’s opening night trends, with an expected midnight attendance of just over two and a half billion.
The previews depict a seemingly dorky teenager named Aloha (Hayden Panettiere), who’s gifted with a magical laptop. It grants her the power to influence the world (or at least 27 subscribers) through the written word.
Her parents (Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank), siblings (Sierra McCormick, Ryan Ochoa), love interest (Yusuke Yamamoto), and writing mentor (Vic Mignogna) assist in her efforts, until nerdy Aloha has captured the world’s imagination and been unanimously elected Supreme World Ruler of the Universe.
Based on a true story.
Real-life bloggers who aided in the real rise to power have guest roles: Mike plays the Official Supreme Chef of Doom, aided in the kitchen by assistants Mitch and Melanie. Mercy Vaughn is the universe’s Leading Zucchini and Wombat Expert, and official in charge of Affairs of Awesome. Faith reprises her real-life role as Supreme Angsty Poet and Head of Bubble Relations. Kirsten is the Royal Potter Enthusiast and Kitten Expert; Anna heads the Zebragus Department and the Investigation of Waldo’s Whereabouts. Bushy acts as resident Music Director and Universal Graphic Designer. Maddie is the Llama Art Specialist and head of Mango Development.
It’s a pretty llama’d awesome cast, if you ask me.
We over at the New York Times have been privileged enough to tour the set and get some pictures of the cast in their roles. There was even an opportunity for a quick interview with Hayden, who plays the great Aloha herself.
Interview with Hayden Panettiere
New York Times: So, it’s been announced that you’re the leading cast member in this year’s top movie, Embracing Insanity: How A Small-Town Girl Became a World Ruler, based on a true story. How does that feel?
Hayden: I can hardly believe it. I mean, the chance to portray one of my personal role models, Aloha Fowl, was simply incredible. The honor…. *tears up* Sometimes it overwhelms me a little. This is such an inspirational movie.
NYT: We couldn’t agree more. What part of the film are you looking forward to shooting the most?
HP: That’s a tough one– the whole story just gives me the goosebumps. I can’t say too much now, of course, but right now I’m looking forward to the scene when Aloha first discovers that her dream has actually come true and she’s been elected to rule the world. It just gets me every time….
NYT: *hands HP a tissue* We understand the emotion completely. And I’ve heard that your costars include Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, and Vic Mignogna?
HP: Yeah, and I can tell you right now, they’re just as excited about this project as I am. Everyone on set is just so enthused. We all love this story and all the characters so much, we just want to make the best representation of the incredible person Aloha is.
NYT: That’s a hard standard.
HP: Yes, yes it is.
NYT: There are reports it was a rough field as far as getting the part of Aloha. How did you manage to snag it?
HP: Over seven million teenagers and Victoria’s Secret models applied for the role. It was the most intense audition I’ve ever been in. Everyone loves Aloha so much. Really, I don’t think any one of them was able to do her complete justice, but many came close. I still don’t understand how I ended up with the role, but I’m immensely grateful for it *laugh*
NYT: We’re glad you’re doing your best to represent her, too. Thanks for your time, Hayden. We look forward to seeing you portray Aloha on the big screens this December!
HP: Me too! Thanks, everybody!
Editor’s Note: a new poster for the upcoming movie has just been exclusively released. You’re seeing it here for the first time, folks! And make sure to tune in on December 17th for the premiere of Embracing Insanity: How a Small-Town Girl Became World Ruler, in theaters throughout the universe.
*I have to thank Mike for the post idea (his was 1000x more epic, read it here), and also because I stole from him the idea of using peoples’ About pages in the hyperlinks to get more pingbacks.
Oops, didn’t mean to say that part out loud.