This latest bit of Paper Girls casting gives us some idea of how much story we’ll get in the first season.
Deadline reports Ali Wong will join the Amazon adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang‘s comic book as the grown-up version of Erin. The series will follow the four girls — Mac (Sofia Rosinsky), Tiffany (Camryn Jones), Erin (Riley Lai Nelet) and KJ (Fina Strazza) — as their paper routes take a turn for the weird the morning after Halloween 1988. Soon, they are caught up in a time war and find themselves flung into the distant past, a few decades into their own future, and the beautiful nightmare of a distant world both propped up and devastated by all that time travel. They also learn startling things about themselves thanks to the future versions of themselves that they see and just by virtue of going on this journey.
Wong will play a future version of Erin. Her life did not turn out the way the younger Erin had hoped and they must deal with those implications while also facing up to how much has changed in the decades between them. Back in the comics, the introduction of Adult Erin was one of the earliest shocks, but still comes late enough in the initial issues that her appearance could have been the Season 1 cliffhanger. It still could be, of course, but there’s no reason to extend the story unduly. We’d rather get the two Erins interacting quicker.
Stephany Folsom, Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers will serve as executive producers with Folsom and Rogers splitting showrunner duties. The series is a production of Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, in association with Plan B.
Paper Girls will likely debut on Amazon sometime in 2022.