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It’s been almost 20 years since the release of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, and the teen film has remained a firm favourite ever since.
The movie starred Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, who enters the public school system after years of being home-schooled in Africa. Upon entering North Shore High School in Illinois, she quickly assimilates into the Plastics, the school’s most popular and vicious clique. Simultaneously, she becomes embroiled in a plot to take them down from the inside.
The film enjoyed both commercial and critical success, and while it sparked an unsuccessful sequel, Mean Girls 2, a musical adaption proved much more popular.
Mean Girls the Musical opened on Broadway in 2018, and now the musical itself is getting the adaption treatment.
Tina Fey announced in 2020 that the show would be adapted for film, and last December, the upcoming musical movie found its leads.
Angourie Rice will take on the lead role of Cady Heron, while the main mean girl, the iconic Regina George, will be played by Reneé Rapp. Rapp should be a dab-hand at the role seeing as she played Regina in the Broadway show between 2019 and 2020. The role of Janis, Cady’s best friend, will be played by Auliʻi Cravalho, of Moana fame, while Jaquel Spivey will play Damien.
Completing the Plastics trio are Avantika, who’ll play Karen, and Bebe Wood, who’ll play Gretchen. The role of the film’s love interest, Aaron Samuels, will be played by Christopher Briney.
Fans of the original film will also be delighted by the most recent casting update, which sees Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their roles as Ms Norbury and Principal Duvall, respectively.
Filming for the project is expected to get underway next month, though it’s not clear when the film will be released. However, we do know that it will be released on Paramount+.
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