10 Things You Should Know Before Going to "Prom"

Get to know who's who in this super kilig Disney film before it premieres on July 20.
by Dyan Zarzuela   |  Jun 5, 2011
photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures (Prom)
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  1. You’re bound to relate to at least one character in Disney’s Prom; there are 14 primary characters that range from the straight-edge perfectionist and the prom queen shoo-in to the misunderstood outsider and the hopeless romantic. 
  2. Thomas McDonell is a natural as Jesse Richter, Brookside High School’s resident bad boy. Producer Justin Springer says, “Thomas was Jesse Richter without trying and that’s exactly what we were looking for. We weren’t looking for someone who could ‘play’ cool, ‘play’ bad boy. We wanted somebody who just had that natural energy. He had it!”
  3. After Prom, Thomas will play a young Barnabas Collins, the vampire that will be portrayed by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Thomas will be rubbing elbows with the film’s all-star cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz.
  4. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights, Scream 4) couldn’t be more different from her character Nova Prescott, who’s the class president, prom committee head and all-around social butterfly. Aimee says, “I was actually home schooled through high school, and I graduated a month after my 16th birthday. I didn’t really get into the whole high school thing... I just wanted to complete school as fast as humanly possible so I could pursue my career.”
  5. Spotted: Nelly Yuki going from catty Upper East Sider to artsy senior who’s one-half of high school's golden couple. Gossip Girl’s Yin Chang plays Mei Kwan in Prom, who faces a few roadblocks of her own. 
  6. As Lloyd Taylor, Nicholas Braun—Cameron in the TV version of 10 Things I Hate About You—pulls out all the stops to snag a prom date. As Lloyd says, “Prom is like the Olympics of high school.” 
  7. Prison Break guest star Danielle Campbell plays the girl next door, Simone Daniels. “Filming Prom was an amazing experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better cast. We all became like a family and I had so much fun,” she says.
  8. Expect Prom’s tone to be along the likes of Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Say Anything. Director Joe Nussbaum is such a fan of John Hughes’ and Cameron Crowe’s teen classics that he asked the cast to brush up on the three films and gave them DVD copies before the cameras started rolling.
  9.  Prom’s soundtrack is filled with ear candy by the likes of Neon Trees and The Weepies. For starters, give these a spin: “I’ll be Yours” by Those Dancing Days, “Not Your Birthday” by Allstar Weekend, and “Impossible” by Shout Out Louds. 
  10. Two cast members recorded songs featured in the soundtrack. Thomas, who’s part of the band Moon, wrote and recorded “Time Stand,” while Nolan Sotillo, who plays an indie rock geek in the movie, recorded “We Could Be Anything” in English and Spanish.

Catch Prom in cinemas on July 20.

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Dyan Zarzuela
Council of Cool 9, Managing Editor, Columnist
Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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