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- ‘Mean Girls’ was an iconic teen comedy released in 2004.
- A Broadway version has proven wildly successful.
- A highly anticipated movie version of the musical is now also in the works.
- Tina Fey is set to return in her iconic role, though other stars are not returning.
- The movie will hit theaters in January 2024.
The year was 2020 when Tina Fey first announced plans for a reprisal of her beloved 2004 comedy, Mean Girls. And by late 2022, there was a solid plan in place, with the Saturday Night Live legend announcing casting in December of that year. “I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen,” the 30 Rock star told Playbill of the impending project in 2020. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent 16 years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe, and I love them dearly.”
But since the original film took the movie world by storm with its fierce sense of humor and unapologetic sarcasm, a lot’s changed — its star, Lindsay Lohan, has become a mother, for one thing. Here are all the details you need to know about the musical adaptation.
‘Mean Girls’ Musical Movie Release Date
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— Mean Girls Musical (@MeanGirlsStage) March 7, 2023
While the movie was originally going to be a Paramount+ release, it was announced that the movie would hit theaters on Friday, January 12, 2024, the new trailer confirmed. While it’s not a Wednesday, you can definitely still wear pink to the theater!
‘Mean Girls Musical’ Movie Cast and Crew
For starters, two of the original film’s most recognizable faces will, indeed, be back. Tina and fellow SNL alum Tim Meadows will return in the roles of teacher Ms. Norbury and Principal Duvall, respectively, already having announced plans to return for the Paramount + film. In a 2021 interview with Variety, Tina mused on how she might approach casting. “The first time we had new actors play these roles [on Broadway], it was like breaking the seal, like, ‘Now these roles belong to more than one set of actors,’” she said at the time. “I’m excited to see who ends up being in the movie.”
According to PEOPLE, now we know. Renee Rapp, who played the iconic “Plastics” queen Regina George (originally Rachel McAdams) on Broadway, will revisit her unforgettably mean role for the movie musical. Angourie Rice will play lead Cady Heron, and Moana star Auli’i Cravalho takes over the role of Janis. Bebe Wood has been cast as Gretchen, played in the movie by Lacey Chabert, and Avantika is set to play dingbat Karen, previously played by Amanda Seyfried. Aaron Samuels will be played by Christopher Briney.
Unfortunately, many of the original stars will not reprise their roles in the musical. (Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock)
In an unexpected casting move, Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame will play Coach Carr. Jenna Fischer will take on a role previously played by Ana Gasteyer, Cady’s mother, while Busy Philips will take over for Amy Poehler as Regina George’s wealthy “cool mom.” Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. are expected to team up as directors. Tina’s husband Jeff Richmond notably wrote the music.
As for the original cast returning, it doesn’t appear many of them besides Tina and Tim will make appearances. Still, Amanda once said she’d be down for a cameo. “It’s been a long legacy for Mean Girls, and I think we all kinda just need to hang,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight back in February 2023.
According to the official Mean Girls musical Twitter account in March, the film has already begun filming in New Jersey. Angourie revealed that production had “wrapped” in an Instagram post, sharing selfies of some of the cast members.