Amazon Is Making a Live-Action American Girl Doll Movie

It will premiere this fall.

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It seems like the American Girl doll craze will never fade—and now fans have a new movie to look forward to this fall. Amazon just announced that it will premiere a live-action special, Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl story, on Prime. The special features American Girl’s newest doll, Melody, who lives in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement. The doll and her book, clothing, and accessories collections launched earlier this week.

The special is the first of four American Girl doll live-action specials that Amazon is producing. Black-ish’s Marsai Martin is set to star as Melody, and Frances Fisher will have a supporting role. According to Deadline, the movie will center on Melody, her family, and friends as they react to racial inequalities surrounding them in 1960s Detroit and the rest of the United States—including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing.

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This isn’t the first American Girl doll movie adaptation—in 2008, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl was released in theaters and there were multiple TV movies, each featuring the original dolls Felicity, Samantha, and Molly.