Palmer To Star In New Nickelodeon Tele-Movie

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Nickelodeon teen actress Keke Palmer will star in a new network original movie dubbed Rags, set to debut in 2012.
The music-infused, modern twist on the classic Cinderella story will be directed by Billie Woodruff (Honey, Beauty Shop), with original music be produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (American Idol, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé), said network officials.
Palmer, who stars in the Nickelodeon series True Jackson V.P., will star alongside Max Schneider (How To Rock) who plays Charlie Prince, an orphan living with his acerbic and unloving stepfather and spoiled, simple-minded stepbrothers.
"Rags gives a contemporary spin to a classic story, and is told through a relatable filter that speaks to our audience," said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's president of development,  and original programming in a statement. "The project was brought to us by Nick Cannon, as this concept was inspired by his own reverence for The Wiz, one of his favorite movies growing up. This also marks the first collaboration on a television movie between music industry titans Rodney Jerkins and Bille Woodruff, and Keke Palmer and Max Schneider are the perfect young actors to bring this urban fairy tale to life."