It’s back to high school for actress Mae Whitman, whose character has to deal with jerks and mean girls.

CBS Films has released the first trailer for high school comedy The DUFF, a week after announcing a three-year distribution partnership with Lionsgate.

The first film to kick off the agreement is The DUFF, directed by Ari Sandel and starring Mae Whitman and Bella Thorne. Whitman portrays a high school senior who remakes herself on learning that she's known as “The DUFF” – the Designated Ugly Fat Friend – to her prettier, more popular friends. Ken Jeong stars as her favourite teacher and Nick Eversman plays her crush.

The Lionsgate logo is nowhere in sight in the two-minute trailer. The DUFF is set to hit theatres next year. — Reuters