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Grace VanderWaal’s Exciting New Career Move Includes Aubrey Plaza and Adam Driver

She's making her way to the big screen! Watch America's Got Talent on NBC. 

By Jackie Manno
Split image Aubrey Plaza, Grace Vanderwaal, and Adam Driver

Grace VanderWaal has a new project under her belt!

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Watch the Season 19 premiere of America’s Got Talent Tuesday, May 28 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock

It was recently announced by ComingSoon that the America's Got Talent Season 11 winner will be a part of the cast of a new movie titled Megapolis. She will play a role alongside A-listers such as Adam Driver and Aubrey Plaza. But the best part? The film will be directed by the one and only Francis Ford Coppola. 

Although little is known about the plot of the flick so far, the logline states: “The fate of Rome haunts a modern world unable to solve its own social problems in this epic story of political ambition, genius, and dangerous love.”

Coppola was more than satisfied about the work the actors provided while on the set of Megapolis. "This is a beautiful film and primarily so because the cast is so great. I’ve never enjoyed working with a cast who are so hardworking and so willing to go search for the unconventional, to come upon hidden solutions. It is a thrill to work with these actors and the photography is everything I could hope for," the renowned director told Deadline in January. 

Filming of Megapolis wrapped up last week, according to the film's official Instagram page. Currently, it is unknown what VanderWaal's role in the film will be, although we're excited to find out. 

Last month, the singer-songwriter took to her official Instagram page to post a mysterious message about a supposed upcoming creative project.  "Making plans can’t wait to tell you🚀," she captioned the post while posing outdoors in a denim jumpsuit.  Although many fans speculated that she was teasing the release of a new album, could the cryptic post be alluding to her feature in the film? Only time will tell. 

Megapolis isn't VanderWaal's first film gig. Last year, she starred in the Disney+ film Hollywood Stargirl, and showed off a sophisticated pixie haircut for the project. (She starred in that franchise's first film, Stargirl, in 2020.)

In a 2021 interview with LadyGunn, VanderWaal opened up about what her creative endeavors have been like after being the second youngest Contestant to win America's Got Talent

“I think expression is most important to me now,” she said. “Before, I really wanted to just sound really deep. I would say something that felt really good to say and to be like ‘OK, how can I make this into something.’ Now, if imagery or metaphors or that way of speaking comes up, that’s incredible. If that’s naturally what my soul needs to clear out, love it. If that isn’t happening, love it. My priorities I guess are a little different now.”

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