TV/Movie

‘Other People’ child actor J.J. Totah stars opposite Adam DeVine, Jeffrey Tambor in Disney’s family comedy ‘Magic Camp’

By Daphne Planca / 2017.01.30

"Other People" child actor J.J. Totah is set to star opposite "Pitch Perfect 2" actor Adam DeVine and "Transparent" actor Jeffrey Tambor in Disney's family comedy "Magic Camp." "Mean Girls" director Mark Waters is being helmed on it.

Tambor will play as the owner of the "Magic Camp" and DeVine's former mentor named Roy Preston. DeVine will play the titular character while Totah as Judd.

According to Variety, "Magic Camp" follows DeVine's character being pulled out of retirement by Preston and returns as a counselor to the magic camp of his youth hoping to reignite his career. Instead, he finds inspiration in a ragtag group of rookie magicians.

"How I Met Your Mother" writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay of "Magic Camp." "The Pink Panther 2" writer Steve Martin had penned a previous draft when he was attached to play the mentor role and as the owner of the camp. However, he is no longer involved with the project.

"Magic Camp" marks the first TV starring role for Totah with series résumé that includes stints on Fox's TV series "Glee," Disney Channel's "Jessie and Liv and Maddie," and ABC's TV series "Back in the Game." Suzanne Todd is attached to produce. Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are the executive producers.

Totah will be next seen in the untitled half-hour TV comedy series from the Scott's Getting' Rad Productions and Universal TV, Deadline reported. He will play an uber-confident, label-defying, tour de force who moves from small-town Indiana to New York City with his Aunt Nancy. "Other People" producers Adam and Naomi Scott will be executive producing the script written by David Monahan and Danielle Hoover.

Totah's other credits include Netflix movie "Other People," opposite "Battleship" actor Jesse Plemons. His role Justin in the dramedy earned him a spot on Variety's list of biggest breakthrough performances from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. He just wrapped production on the highly-anticipated "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which is set to be released on July 7.

The production of "Magic Camp" has been scheduled to start in early December 2016 in and around Los Angeles.

Watch the video about J.J. Totah's interview for "Spider-Man: Homecoming":

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