Two of the most popular young actresses, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, star in the adventure comedy “Princess Protection Program,” a Disney Channel Original Movie about two very different girls – a princess from a small kingdom and a small town girl who, when fate brings them together, must team up to help the would-be queen pass for a regular teen.
Filmed in Puerto Rico, “Princess Protection Program” premieres FRIDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and Family Channel Canada. The “Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition” will be available Tuesday, June 30 on Disney DVD and will feature an exclusive new music video of “One and the Same” performed by Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, a behind-the-scenes look at the film with the teen stars, and a free “B.F.F” necklace set. Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato star in Disney Channel series, and were each discovered as pre-teens via the channel’s nationwide talent searches. Gomez stars in the hit comedy “Wizards of Waverly Place” which is 2009’s #3 scripted TV series among Kids 6-11 and #2 among Tweens 9-14. Lovato stars in the hit comedy series “Sonny with a Chance,” TV’s #1 program among Kids 6-11 since its February 2009 premiere. In Tweens 9- 14, “Sonny with a Chance” is in a virtual tie with “American Idol” for TV’s #1 post and ranks as the #1 scripted program on all TV in the key Tween demographic. Lovato also stars in “Camp Rock,” 2008’s #1 cable TV telecast in Total Viewers and Tweens.
In addition to her duet with Gomez, “One and the Same,” Lovato’s song “Two Worlds Collide” from her debut Hollywood Records album is in the movie.
In the movie, royalty meets reality with Carter Mason, a rural Louisiana teen, and Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore, the soon-to-be teenage monarch of the tiny country of Costa Luna. The pair meets after Carter’s father, an agent in the covert international Princess Protection Program, rescues Rosalinda from a military take-over. He whisks Rosalinda to a PPP base where she receives a temporary new identity, Rosie Gonzalez, and is placed in his care until order can be restored in Costa Luna. When he arrives back in Lake Monroe, both teenagers are shell-shocked when Rosie moves into Carter’s room and the princess, posing as Carter’s visiting cousin from Iowa, begins adjusting to country life and enrolls in Carter’s school. Despite their differences, the girls slowly learn that there’s not only a lot to like about each other, but lessons to learn as well. That’s apparent when Rosie nominates Carter for homecoming queen over the heated objections of two jealous rivals, Chelsea and Brooke. And with her newfound realization, Carter brainstorms a way to help her new best friend regain her throne, even if it puts her own well-being at risk.
Also starring are Tom Verica (“American Dreams“) as Joe Mason, Jamie Chung (“Samurai Girl“) as Chelsea, Nick Braun as Ed, Samantha Droke (“Horton Hears a Who!“) as Brooke and Robert Adamson as Donny. Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs) have connected with the millions and millions of kids and tweens who watch them every night.
A DCOM has been basic cable’s #1 movie of the year among Kids 6-11 and/or Tweens from 2002-08 (“Cadet Kelly,” “The Cheetah Girls, “Halloweentown High,” “Twitches,” “The Cheetah Girls 2,” “High School Musical 2” and “Camp Rock,” respectively). In addition, “High School Musical” and its sequel were the #1 TV movie on DVD for 2006 and 2007.
The story “Princess Protection Program” was written by David Morgasen (“Son of the Beach“) and Annie DeYoung (Disney Channel’s “Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board“). The teleplay was written by Annie DeYoung. The producer is Danielle Weinstock (“Weeds“). The movie was directed by Allison Liddi-Brown (“Friday Night Lights“) and executive produced by Douglas Sloan (Disney Channel’s “Minutemen“).