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Leads For Amazon’s Paper Girls Finally Cast

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BY May 1, 2021

Newspaper delivery is being pushed into the spotlight thanks to Amazon’s new upcoming series. The leads for Amazon’s Paper Girls have been cast and filming is set to begin in Chicago this year. Sofia Rosinsky, Riley Lai Nelet, Fina Strazza, and Camryn Jones have been cast as Mac Coyle, Erin Tieng, KJ Brandman, and Tiffany Quilkin respectively. While the Paper Girls adaptation was announced by Amazon back in 2019, filming was probably put on hold largely due to the pandemic.

What Is The Series All About?

Paper Girls Comics Image via Image Comics.

Now that we know the Amazon series officially has the greenlight, what is this graphic novel all about? Paper Girls is a 30 issue comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. It follows four 12-year-old girls who deliver newspapers in their fictional suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. While delivering newspapers the morning after Halloween, they unwittingly get caught up in a conflict between two warring factions of time travelers, throwing them into an adventure through time that forces them into a battle to save the world.

The series has been in monthly publication since late 2015, and the final set was released in the summer of 2019. It won two Eisner Awards in 2016 for Best New Series and Best Penciller/Inker; later in 2017, the first compilation was shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.

Tell Me More About the Leads For Amazon’s Paper Girls

papergirls Image via Image Comics.

MacKenzie “Mac” Coyle, played by Sofia Rosinsky: A cigarette-smoking tomboy who swears all the time, Mac was the first girl to become a paperboy in the town. She has a tough exterior, but it’s only because she has a lot of insecurities.

Sofia Rosinsky was previously on the Disney Channel’s Fast Layne. She co-founded an independent film company called Stella Luna Films with her sister, and they’re currently in pre-production for their first feature film, titled Nightly Isle.

Erin Tieng, played by Riley Lai Nelet: As the new girl in town, Erin is a rule follower and often struggles with her identity as a Chinese-American immigrant, but also as a preteen who desperately wants the perfect American life.

Riley Lai Nelet has been modeling since she was very young and has appeared on Vogue Italia and ads for Tommy Hilfiger and Nordstrom. She has had TV appearances on ABC’s American Housewives, as the younger Reilleen in Netflix’s Altered Carbon, and most recently a role in Genera+ion on HBO Max.

Karina “KJ” J., played by Fina Strazza: KJ is the “smart one” of the group and as one of the only Jewish girls in town, she’s often singled out (being from one of the wealthiest families doesn’t help either). She plays field hockey because it’s one of the only ways she can let down her guard. She delivers papers not because she needs the money, but because it gives her a sense of freedom.

Fina Strazza made her Broadway debut at eight years old in the title role of Matilda the Musical. She’s had several TV appearances on Law & Order: SVU, Madam Secretary and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, among others. Her film credits include Above the Shadows, A Little Game, Early Learnings, Fracktured, Tribe, and the upcoming Who Framed Tommy Callahan?

Tiffany Quilkin, played by Camryn Jones: An obsessive gamer,  she boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, and a love of gadgets and technology. She is African-American and the adopted daughter of a mixed-race family. She’s very ambitious and has no intention of seeing her future plans derailed.

Camryn Jones was a series regular on the ABC comedy pilot Steps. She can currently be seen recurring in such series as Epix’s Perpetual Grace, and also in Ava Duvernay’s Cherish the Day anthology on OWN.

Are you excited about the leads for Amazon’s Paper Girls? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Image Comics

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.

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