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Ross Butler & Ashley Liao To Star In Loveboat, Taipei Movie Adaptation

Ross Butler and Ashley Liao are starring in a new movie together!

The two actors have been cast as leads in Loveboat, Taipei, which is based on the novel of the same name by Abigail Hing Wen, Deadline reports.

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The movie “centers on Ever Wong (Liao), whose summer takes an unexpected turn when her parents surprise her with a trip to Taipei for a cultural immersion program. Ever is surprised to discover that she hasn’t signed up for homework and history lessons, but instead for a summer-long free-for-all the locals and other students call ‘Loveboat.’ It quickly lives up to its name when Ever finds herself trying not to fall for two attractive, but wildly different boys who are vying for her attention, while at the same time finding the courage to defy her parents’ high expectations and pursue her true passion: dancing.”

Ross will play Rick Woo, who is “embarrassingly nicknamed ‘Boy Wonder’ by the smitten Ever, Rick is an infamous prodigy in both sports and scholastics who has yet to meet his match… until he meets her.”

Also joining the cast are Nico Hiraga as Xavier Yeh, “the free spirited heir to an international tech empire who is more interested in making art than he is in making millions-until he finds himself falling for Ever”; and Chelsea Zhang as Sophie, “Ever’s best friend at Loveboat who partners with her on an epic summer of exploitation, love, heartbreak and growth.”

“These past few months have been a dream watching this cast filling out. I’m thrilled to have the incredibly talented Ashley and Ross take the lead in bringing Ever and Rick from the pages of my story to the screen, and to have Chelsea and Nico on board as well,” Abigail shared in a statement. “I can’t wait to see sparks fly as these four pal around Taipei, and for everyone to meet the amazing ensemble and magic still to come.”

Production begins this month in Taipei. To All The Boys producer Matt Kaplan‘s ACE Entertainment is producing, with Ross also taking on an executive producer role!

ICYMI: Check out the first teaser for Ross‘ upcoming Shazam 2.

If you didn’t know, Ashley has recently appeared in Physical on Apple TV+ and in Secret Society of Second-Born Royals on Disney+.

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