Just when you thought you’d cried enough tears over Mandy Moore’s fictional family (yes, This Is Us, we’re talking about you), Hollywood’s sweetheart is ready to deliver another dose of feelings with a new drama series — and this time, it’s personal.
The Walk to Remember star is taking her own walk (to remember) down memory lane, joining forces with This is Us co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger to bring a new series to life based on her own musical childhood.
The show, reportedly titled 90’s Popstar, will give viewers a glimpse into Moore’s life during the late 1990’s, showcasing the experience of a small-town Florida family as their teen daughter skyrockets to overnight popstar fame.
As fans might recall, Moore’s rise to beloved celebrity status didn’t just begin with her acting talents, but actually started with her music career. Moore released her debut album “So Real” in 1999, which included her breakout hit (and middle school dance classic) “Candy,” followed up by “I Wanna Be With You” in 2000 — we’re talking vintage Mandy Moore here. Moore even channeled all our mid-90’s hopes and dreams by going on tour with NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, before singing on the A Walk To Remember soundtrack in 2002. The movie quickly became a cult favourite among teens, and seemingly solidified Moore’s rise to stardom.
Moore currently stars in the mega-hit This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 pm ET on CTV) as Rebecca, matriarch of the Pearsons. The family drama quickly earned praise from critics and viewers alike, known for its trademark emotional storylines (that might be an understatement) and has even been known to showcase Moore’s vocal talents once in a while.
The 90’s Popstar production team boasts some serious star-power, with The Bold Type showrunner Amanda Lasher set to write, while Moore will also serve as executive producer with her This Is Us team of Aptaker and Berger. With casting yet to be announced, we can’t wait to see who might star in the series. Maybe The Originals’ Danielle Campbell could take on the teen years? Or what about Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood‘s Julia Butters as young Mandy, before her popstar days?
Ready for more good news? This isn’t all Moore has in the works. Staying true to her musical roots (and just in time for this new show, no less) our favourite triple-threat is currently prepping her first album in 10 years.