Bella Thorne to Headline ABC Family Drama Project from Little Liars Boss

Bella Thorne Famous in Love

Former Disney Channel starlet Bella Thorne is Famous in Love — as the star of a potential ABC Family drama from Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene King, our sister site Deadline reports.

Based on Rebecca Serle’s novel of the same name — of which Thorne reportedly is a superfan — Famous in Love follows a girl who is plucked from obscurity to star in the film-franchise adaptation of a popular book (so meta!), and then finds herself in love triangles both on and off screen.

The project, which is currently in development, will be penned by King and Serle, who will also executive-produce alongside Dan Farah (Armored).

Though Thorne is best known for her role on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!, her TV work also includes Big Love and Dirty Sexy Money, plus recent guest-star gigs on CSI and Red Band Society.

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14 Comments
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  2. Annie says:

    She’s never been able to come off as a likeable character to me…hopefully this time will be different.

  3. Riana says:

    Since this is a Marlene king show I can’t help but wonder if her character will be a lesbian

    • gts says:

      Why? King’s only had one major character who has been openly gay.

      • Riana says:

        Well Alison’s at least bisexual not to mention Rosewood has a rather high amount of lesbians.

        • Joe says:

          I would expect that even more because it’s on ABC Family than because of who the show runner is. It seems like ABC Fam requires at least one gay or lesbian character before green lighting anything to series.

  4. K says:

    Hope she can still be MJ in the new spiderman movie, well, one can hope. The plot really doesn’t sound interesting at all but I’ll watch anything Bella is in.

  5. Sara Power says:

    Funny, I just finished that book. It was entertaining. There’s a novella of the book they’re making the movie about in the book.

  6. Jen says:

    I found the book to be extraordinarily blah so here’s hoping the show is less of a snorefest. The Paige character is a total wet blanket in the book, so Bella’s edge may at least make her passably interesting.

  7. Jillian says:

    They’re making a show based on a book about making a movie about a book.

  8. Rustybugs says:

    I have noticed that this young lady has been in the celebrity news a lot recently. Someone has been doing a lot of publicity to put her in the public eye. Most of it in a sexual way. Barely there clothes and bikini’s, purposely wearing clothes to to almost ensure wardrobe malfunctions, ie, nip slips. (there have been several). Not exactly a typical 17 year old. With the exception of the Disney show, she has no real acting ability. Her guest shots on other TV shows were brief and not noteworthy. I would hope that someone responsible starts taking her in and ensuring that the Hollywood types don’t chew her up and spit her out in a couple of years like they have done to other young folks. If she really does have any ability, hopefully she will get the chance to shine and last a while.

  9. tsevca says:

    If they did in Unreal style, you know, realisticly, not naive TV show way, it could be great.

  10. I was hoping for another good mystery. I probably won’t be watching if it’s something sappy.