The Plastics are about to sing a lot more than just “Jingle Bell Rock.” After nearly 20 years away, Mean Girls is stomping back onto the big screen with a new movie. No, it’s not the long-rumored sequel, but rather an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Mean Girls. The production, which debuted on Broadway in 2018 and was nominated for 11 Tonys that year, retells the story of Cady Heron’s rise and fall in the brutal high-school social scene with catchy, original songs. And an exciting new cast of talent will bring the iconic roles to life with a whole new singing-and-dancing element. The Mean Girls musical movie cast is seriously so fetch, and now we finally know when it will premiere.
Mean Girls scribe Tina Fey first announced plans to turn adapt her hit musical for the screen back in the beginning of 2020. As everyone knows, 2020 didn’t pan out to be a super productive year in showbiz, so the project took some time to get going, but now it’s about to make its big-screen debut at long last. After Paramount unveiled its first four main cast members for the musical movie at the end of 2022, the studio confirmed a premiere date a year later.
Mean Girls Musical Movie: Cast
The first four cast members revealed were Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auli’i Cravalho, and Jaquel Spivey. Rice, who had a breakout year in 2021 as Siobhan on Mare of Easttown, will climb the social ladder as Cady Heron, with Moana star Cravalho and A Strange Loop standout Spivey by her side as besties Janis Ian and Damian Hubbard, respectively. But the ultimate queen bee, Regina George, will be played by Sex Lives of College Girls star Rapp.
Rapp’s casting is also notable since she actually played Regina in the Mean Girls musical on Broadway. Rapp took over the role in 2019, stepping in for Taylor Louderman, who originated the Regina part. Get a taste of Rapp performing Regina’s big 11 o’clock number below:
Rounding out the Plastics is Bebe Wood as Gretchen and Avantika Vandanapu as Karen. The Summer I Turned Pretty star Christopher Briney will continue his heartthrob ways as Aaron Samuel. The rest of the cast boasts some sitcom icons, like Jenna Fischer as Ms. Heron, Busy Philipps as Ms. George, and Jon Hamm as Coach Carr.
And two original Mean Girls stars will be reprising their iconic roles: Tina Fey will be back as Ms. Norbury, alongside Tim Meadows as Principal Duvall.
Don’t hold out hope that any more of the original 2004 movie’s stars to pop up in this musical adaptation, though. Just a couple week’s prior to the cast announcement, Lindsay Lohan made it clear she isn’t interested in being involved in the musical movie, and Amanda Seyfried agreed the tone wouldn’t be right for them.
Mean Girls Musical Movie: Release Date
Originally, the movie was meant to stream on Paramount+, but the studio decided to move it from the small screen to the big one. Now, Mean Girls: The Musical will release in theaters on Jan. 12.
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