Young star moves on, grows up
We the Party opened nationwide Friday, April 6
Life has certainly not been slow for IMTA alum Moises Arias (LA05) since signing on as Rico in “Hannah Montana,” the character that made him a breakout Disney star. While appearing on television in guest- starring roles such that of Matt, Sue Heck’s boyfriend in the ABC hit “The Middle,” Arias has also stepped into feature films with roles in such films as Nacho Libre, The Perfect Game and Hannah Montana: The Movie. He has voiced characters in animated features such as Astro Boy and The Secret World of Arrietty. And as his Hollywood star continues to rise, Arias is set to take the next big step with a set of dissimilar roles in a group of new films that truly mark him as one young actor to watch.
First up is We the Party, a very timely and revealing comedy about contemporary youth culture playing on the latest trends in music, dance and fashion. Set in an ethnically diverse Los Angeles high school, the film focuses on five friends as they deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves. We the Party comes to theatres April 6th and stars ‒ in addition to Arias ‒ Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Mario Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, Simone Battle, Snoop Dogg and YG, among others.
Scheduled for an opening sometime in early summer is noobz, a comedy about a gamer clan made up of three luckless, aging gamers and an asthmatic adolescent (Arias) who embark on a road trip to Los Angeles to win the Gamecon “Gears of War” Championship. Jason Mewes, Blake Freeman and Matt Shively also star. The title noobz is used to describe newbies...or just really awful video gamers.
Arias is currently filming Ender’s Game in New Orleans, a big screen adaptation of the hugely popular 1985 book by Orson Scott Card, in which 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. The film, already being described as possibly the next Twilight or Hunger Games, also stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. Ender’s Game is set for release March 15, 2013.
Arias is also currently working on recording his scenes for the role of Antonio is Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the award-winning animated hit, Despicable Me. Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove and much of the original cast return to their roles, with Al Pacino tapped to play the yet-to-be-named villain. Despicable Me 2 is slated for a July 13, 2013 opening.
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