And yes, Reneé Rapp will be playing Regina George again 🎉
BY NIC CROSARA, PHOTOGRAPHY VIA DREAMSTIME
On Wednesdays we wear pink, and on this Wednesday in particular we are getting very excited following the recent announcements that the highly anticipated Mean Girls musical movie will be coming to cinemas very soon.
Ever since the original film premiered in 2004, it became an instant favourite among the shes, theys and gays. The film was later adapted into a Broadway musical, and now the musical is getting its own film.
The musical film was confirmed to be in development back in 2020, and following a recent announcement, we’re getting a release date – and it’s sooner than we first thought. Keep reading to find out everything we know about the film so far.
Get in, loser, we’re going to the cinema
That’s right, the film is coming to the big screen. It was first expected to premiere straight to the small screen via Paramount+, but on 22 September, Deadline confirmed that it will now premiere in cinemas on 12 January 2024.
Here’s what the movie will be about
Much like the original, this musical reimagining will follow the story of Cady Heron, a teenager who’s thrust into a new high school in Illinois after growing up in the African savanna with her research zoologist parents. And we’ll get to see Cady scheme with the school’s “misfits” as she tries to impress and infiltrate “The Plastics”, the popular trio led by Regina George.
Like the film and stage versions, this musical movie is penned by the hilarious Tina Fey. We can’t wait to see what magic she gets up to in this version.
Let’s talk about its star-studded cast
Queer icon, Angourie Rice (Mare Of Easttown) will be leading the cast as Cady Heron. And bisexual actor Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Broadway actor Jaquel Spivey (A Strange Loop) will be playing Janis and Damian respectively.
And we’re delighted that The Sex Lives Of College Girls’ Reneé Rapp will be stepping back into Regina George’s high heels for the second time, she has previously played the iconic character on Broadway. Reneé will be in good company with Avantika Vandanapu (Senior Year) portraying Karen and Bebe Wood (Love, Victor) as Gretchen.
Oh, and Tina Fey will of course be reprising her role as Ms. Norbury. From the original film, comedian Tim Meadows will also be returning as Principal Duval.
Christopher Briney (The Summer I Turned Pretty) has been cast as Aaron Samuels, Mahi Alam (American Born Chinese) as Kevin Gnapoor, Busy Phillips (He’s Just Not That Into You) as Regina’s mum, Jenna Fischer (The Office) as Cady’s mum, and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as Coach Carr.
How will the musical film differ from the Broadway musical?
In an interview with Seth Meyers, Tina teased the audience, saying that the songs from the film will be a lot more “pop” compared to the ones in the musical. “In Broadway, everything has to play to the back of the house and in movies everything can come back in and things can play really intimately,” she explained.
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