Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Worlds Collide, Twin Sister's Lead Singer Cast in Leighton Meester's Role in the <i>Veronica Mars</i> Movie

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

If you recall, the cult-beloved teen detective show Veronica Mars is en route to becoming a movie, thanks to the magically bottomless crowd-soucing efforts at Kickstarter. Though rumored to be recast in her short-lived role as Carrie Bishop from the now-canceled series, professional actress Leighton Meester is no longer available for filming (probably too busy sitting on the steps of the Met). Non-professional actress Andrea Estella has stepped in to take her place, which is important, you see, because Estella is also the lead singer of Brooklyn-based dream-pop outfit Twin Sister.

Three years ago Estella was just a girl (with a beautiful, delicately warped voice) who had never seen an episode of Veronica Mars, holding a chalkboard at a photo shoot for a biweekly pop culture guide naming her upstart band as one of eight you need to hear. Then came the excellent Color Your Life EP in 2010, followed by the excellent, Domino-backed In Heaven the next year. "We needed a performer who could sing in this important role," series creator Rob Thomas explained to Kickstart backers via email. "Once it became evident that we couldn't make Leighton's schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie." At least two Twin Sister songs will also appear in the film.

So the next time a biweekly culture guide asks you to hold a chalkboard, you should be prepared to become a movie star in three years or less. Or, at least, you should aim to work incredibly hard, use your unusually gifted vocal ability to get signed to one of the most respected labels in the indie market, tour relentlessly, and become a favorite of highly creative people with backgrounds in film and television, which is to say, congrats, Andrea. This is awesome.

Seems like a good time to listen to one of my personal favorites from Twin Sister:

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