Auli’i Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, and Angourie Rice Lead “Mean Girls: The Musical” the Movie

Auli’i Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, and Angourie Rice Lead “Mean Girls: The Musical” the Movie

MEAN GIRLS, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, 2004, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection

It looks like Gretchen Wieners is out to make fetch happen all over again, because “Mean Girls: The Musical” is officially being turned into a movie. On Dec. 9, casting for the movie — which is based on the Broadway musical based on the original 2004 film — was announced by Paramount, and it includes “Moana”‘s Auli’i Cravalho and “The Sex Lives of College Girls”‘s Reneé Rapp, who appeared in the original Broadway production, according to Deadline.

Cravalho will play Janis, Cady’s best friend. Lizzy Caplan played the role in the original film. Meanwhile, Rapp will reprise her role as Regina George, which was originally played by Rachel McAdams in the film. Additionally, Angourie Rice will play Cady, the role originated by Lindsay Lohan. Rice appeared in Paramount+’s “Honor Society” with Gaten Matarazzo earlier this year and played Betty in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Tony-nominated actor Jaquel Spivey, who stars on Broadway in “A Strange Loop,” will play Damien, who was played by Daniel Franzese in the movie. Paramount did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment on the news. There’s no word yet on the rest of the cast.

Mean Girls: The Musical” debuted on Broadway in 2018 and launched a national tour a year later. The show was written by Tina Fey — who wrote and appeared in the original movie — with music by her husband, Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The show played its last Broadway performance in March 2020, with producers deciding to close the show during the pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fey announced the movie had been put in development in January 2020. Like the original movie, the film is produced by Fey and “Saturday Night Live” head Lorne Michaels. The musical largely follows the same plot line as the 2004 film of the same name, but there’s no telling how closely the second movie adaptation will stick to the original script.

“I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen,” Fey said of the film back 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.”

Earlier this month, Lohan and her “Mean Girls” costar Amanda Seyfried both said they’d be down for a “Mean Girls” sequel about their characters as adults. There’s no word yet on a release date, though the movie is set to debut on Paramount+.

“Mean Girls: The Musical” Movie Cast

Rice plays Cady Heron, Rapp plays Regina George, Spivey plays Damien Hubbard, and plays Janis Sarkisian. The rest of the cast, including who’ll play Gretchen Wieners, Karen Smith, Aaron Samuels, and Kevin Gnapoor has yet to be announced.