Maddie Ziegler is building up her resume. The “Dance Moms” lead has landed her second major movie role in two months.
According to reports, Maddie, 13, will star in “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow’s newest project, “The Book of Henry.” While precious little is known about the upcoming drama, the cast list has been released and surprise, surprise, it’s loaded with A-list stars.
“The Book of Henry” will star two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts as Susan Carpenter, according to the movie’s IMDb profile. Other big names signed on include “Halt and Catch” fire star Lee Pace, Emmy-winning comedian Sarah Silverman and “Saturday Night Live” star Bobby Moynhihan.
Maddie is not the only child star in the cast. Jacob Tremblay, best known for his role in the film “Room," and Jaeden Lieberher of “St. Vincent“ fame will also star.
Trevorrow announced Maddie’s part in the film on Twitter Monday. Maddie responded to the director’s announcement, saying it was “an honor” to be able to work alongside him.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) October 5, 2015
According to Entertainment Weekly, filming for the 2016 film commenced in New York City Oct. 2. The script, penned by Gregg Hurwitz, is rumored to be based on the story of a single mom raising two boys.
Maddie’s role in “The Book of Henry” is her second to date. During an appearance at Venice Day last month pop singer Sia announced that the dancer would star in her upcoming movie “Sisters.” Maddie previously worked alongside the Australian songstress for three of her music videos, most famously 2014’s “Chandelier.”
Maddie’s jump into the movie business isn’t surprising. The Lifetime reality star has opened up about her desire to tackle big screen projects during several interviews in recent months. “I really want to focus on acting and even sing a little bit so I can be a trip threat,” she told Teen Vogue last month. “I definitely want to do a movie or a scripted TV show.”
“Dance Moms” is currently filming its sixth season. While Maddie was present for a “Girl Talk: No Moms Allowed” live reunion special taping last week, it’s unknown if she will appear at the first competition for the new season, scheduled to take place Saturday in Glendale, California. “Dance Moms” is expected to return to Lifetime in 2016.