Keke Palmer has been named the “#8 Most Valuable Young Star In Hollywood”, according to Forbes Magazine. 15-year-old Palmer was the only Black Teen Actress named on the list, which included teen actors Daniel Radcliff, Miley Cyrus, Dakota Fanning, Abigail Breslin, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Watson, Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts and Anton Yelchin.
Palmer, who currently stars as True Jackson, VP, a popular show on the Nickelodeon Channel, of which she recently received an 2009 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Performance In a Youth/Children’s Program-Series or Special.” The 15-year-old also co-stars with Oscar Winner Kevin Spacey in Shrink, a new film that will be released this spring.
Keke Palmer has also signed on to star and produce the feature film, Oreo, a script adapted by writer Adam Davenport from a book written by author Fran Ross, with the same title. Palmer and her parents have been working closely with the writer for over three years to develop this material and feel strongly that the timing is right to make this movie.
Oreo is the story of a teen who refuses to be pushed around despite unfortunate circumstances. Her parents divorce when she is very young and neither of them want to take custody of her, or her little brother, who is an infant. This sounds like it’s shaping up to be a sad drama, but no way, Oreo takes matters into her own hands embarking on a cross-country journey to find her parents and hold them accountable for their mess.
“From the very first time I read Oreo I totally loved the main character because she does not sit around crying about the problems in her life she takes action! She is angry with her parents for not taking responsibility for their children, most kids would just be quiet and suffer in silence, but no she does not bite her tongue she gives it to them straight and I just loved her spirit and over all approach to things , this is an adventure/ comedy because a lot of funny things happen to her on the road that are hilarious so that was a plus for me too. I am so happy to be a part of this project.”
The Palmer’s and Mr. Davenport are meeting with several studios trying to find the perfect fit for this “quirky” material and hope to go into production by Fall of 2009, or early 2010.