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Jenna Ortega's new film will star Natasha Lyonne

by Stewart Cole

Clara and the Sunthe upcoming film starring Jenna Ortega and Amy Adams has added another star to its roster, with Poker faceNatasha Lyonne joins the cast.

Taika Waititi's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 2021 novel follows the eponymous character (Ortega), a solar powered AF (Artificial Friend), who is chosen by the sick Josie (Mia Tharia) as her companion.

“This is the story of Klara's quest to save Josie and those who love her dearly, and how in the process Klara learns the power of human love,” adds the synopsis.

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The movie already has a formidable cast, and now Deadline reported that Lyonne has been listed as the Shopkeeper, with Simon Baker also set to play Josie's father. In addition to Ortega, Adams and Tharia, Aran Murphy was previously cast as Rick.

Dahvi Waller is writing the script, with Waititi producing alongside David Heyman. Despite not having a release date, Clara and the Sun it is expected to go on sale in late 2024, with production starting last month.

While fans will have to wait Clara and the SunOrtega is currently appearing alongside Martin Freeman The Miller's Girlwhich sees her play a talented young writer who becomes “entangled” in an “increasingly complex web” after traveling on a creative odyssey.

Jenna Ortega at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards

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“As lines blur and their lives become entangled, professor and protégé must confront their darkest selves while trying to maintain their personal sense of purpose and the things they love most,” reads the logline.

Despite its interesting premise, the film has come so far, with a 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes marking the lowest score of Ortega's career to date. Several critics noted the film's uneven script, which veers from immaturity to unintentional camp.


Journalist, Digital Spy George is a freelance writer specializing in film and television. After graduating with a degree in Film Studies and Journalism from De Montfort University, where he analyzed Richard Linklater's early works for his thesis, he wrote for several websites for GRV Media. His movie tastes vary from blockbusters like Mission impossible and John Wick to international directors such as Paolo Sorrentino and Hirokazu Kore-eda, and has attended both the London and Berlin film festivals.

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