The School for Good and Evil: Release Date, Cast, and More

As in true Netflix fashion, the preparation for new TV series and films for 2022 has already begun. In addition to the films coming to the streaming platform from the deal with Sony, there are tons of original movies that will be released as,  including the fantasy film, The School for Good and Evil.

Paul Feig, who created the comedy series Freaks and Geeks, and directed comedy hits like Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters (2016), will be directing the film adaptation for Netflix. Chainani has not only worked on the script but has been onboarded as an executive producer.

First published in 2013, this series has a lot of similarities with the world of Once Upon A Time and Harry Potter. There are skeletal birds (like Thestrals), an eerie forest (like the Forbidden Forest), people transfiguring into other creatures (like animagus or metamorphmagus witches and wizards in Potterverse). There is even a tournament called the Trial by Tale, very similar to the Triwizard tournament.

The School for Good and Evil is a film in which Netflix acquired the rights for last year and will be directed by Bridesmaids and A Simple Favor director Paul Feig.

We will tell you everything you need to know about the release date and more for this upcoming Netflix movie.

The School for Good and Evil Release Date

The School for Good and Evil
The School for Good and Evil © Netflix

As of right now, there is no specific date as to when the film will release, but we do know that the film is expected to release sometime in 2022. On June 7 at Netflix Geeked Week 2022, the streamer announced that The School for Good and Evil will be coming to Netflix this fall. More specifically, sometime in September. We’ll definitely share the official release date when it’s announced. According to ColliderThe School for Good and Evil started filming at The Belfast Harbour Studios in Northern Ireland in early 2021. Filming wrapped in July 2021.

The School for Good and Evil Cast

The School for Good and Evil
The School for Good and Evil © Netflix

According to IMDb, the cast for The School for Good and Evil consists of some heavy-hitting, star-studded actors and actresses. The cast for the upcoming movie is as follows:

Charlize Theron as Lady Lesso

Michelle Young as Professor Anemone

Laurence Fishburne as The Schoolmaster

Kerry Washington as Professor Dovey

Sofia Wylie as Agatha

The cast also features Earl Cave, Kit Young, Sophie Anne Caruso, and Jamie Flatters playing the roles of Hort, Rafal, Sophie, and Tedros, respectively.

The School for Good and Evil Synopsis

The School for Good and Evil
The School for Good and Evil © Netflix

The School for Good and Evil is about a young girl named Sophie who yearns for adventure and exciting beginnings. In her world called Gavaldon, it is an honor to be selected to attend The School of Good or The School of Evil. Upon their selection, Sophie and her friend, Agatha, learn that fate doesn’t lie in the hands of the beholder as they are sent to schools completely different than they desired.

Here is the official synopsis:

A group of boys and girls are taken to an institution where they are trained to become fairy tale-like heroes and villains.

The film is adapted from the novel of the same name written by Soman Chainani. The novel has been well-received by critics like The Guardian and has become a fan-favorite amongst its young-adult audience.

The School for Good and Evil Plot

The School for Good and Evil
The School for Good and Evil © Netflix

The first three books in The School for Good and Evil (known as The School Years) follow best friends Sophie and Agatha, who end up at The School for Good and Evil.

Unlike Hogwarts, which divides students into different houses based on their personalities and ambitions, this School for Good and Evil is a tad more divisive. In this enchanted institution, children are trained to become fairytale heroes or villains. As Sophie and Agatha face stereotypes of the “pure” and the “wicked” and embark on their adventures, they end up finding out more about their true selves and motivations. They also challenge the notions of friendship and true love – silly and binary in nature – as set in their world according to fairytale standards.

However, Chainani had suggested a while back that the story in the adaptations of his books would be treated differently, “That said, the film will be a very different animal than the book. Part of the privilege of getting to write it is that I’ll enable fans to experience the world in a brand new way. No one wants a pure translation of the book, scene for scene. Besides its impracticality, readers’ imaginations already have done that much better than we ever could.”

The School for Good and Evil Trailer

At Netflix Geeked Week, the streamer dropped a teaser for the fantasy film. Check it out below!