After coming out the closet as a member of the LGBTQ+ community — and sharing that she has a girlfriend last night on Jimmy Fallon — JoJo Siwa has announced her latest project.
Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films are about to kick off production on The J Team, a live-action musical starring the multi-talented 17-year-old. The film, which also counts Siwa as an executive producer, will shoot in Vancouver, co-starring Tisha Campbell-Martin, Laura Soltis, Julia Marley, Kerrynton Jones, and Kiara T. Romero.
The 90-minute, feature-length, live-action musical, directed by Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2) follows a young girl whose dance coach decides to retire, and is replaced by a sparkle-hating teacher. Accordingly, Siwa is kicked out of the dance troupe and forced to rediscover what dance and friendship mean to her, according to a release. The J Team will also bow with an accompanying original soundtrack featuring six new songs from Siwa and the rest of the cast.
Both Nickelodeon and Awesomeness are owned by ViacomCBS, and The J Team marks the first production under Syrinthia Studer, who was named EVP of Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films in June.
“JoJo is a big part of our family and the perfect superstar partner to kick off our Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films slate,” Struder said in a statement. “As we continue to grow our live-action film studio business, we can’t wait to bring JoJo fans old and new a special story that’s inspirational, aspirational, and full of heart. There will be something for everyone in this film.”
Siwa, who came out last month in a series of social media posts, also unveiled The J Team on last night’s Tonight Show, where she also confirmed that she’s in a relationship. “I do have the most amazing, wonderful, perfect, most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world,” she said. “It’s not something I’m ashamed of, I just haven’t shown the internet yet.”