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Meet the Plastics: Dream Casting the Upcoming ‘Mean Girls’ Movie Musical

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|by Amy Sapp |


From Lily James to Zendaya, we have a few suggestions

They will never stop trying to make “fetch” happen.

Earlier this month, after revealing that the hit show had recouped its capitalization costs, Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey announced that they will produce a film adaptation of their Broadway musical, Mean Girls (which, yes, was originally based on the 2004 movie of the same name.) Mean Girls the musical premiered on Broadway in 2018, garnering multiple Tony Award nominations and a massive fan following.

When the show hits the silver screen in its musical format, we have a few starlets we’d love to see in the leading roles. Who, you might ask? We’ll tell you below.

Reneé Rapp stars as Regina George in ‘Mean Girls’ on Broadway (Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews)

Reneé Rapp stars as Regina George in ‘Mean Girls’ on Broadway (Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews)

Cady Heron:
Lily James
Lily James is no stranger to movie musicals; she stole hearts when she starred as young Donna in 2018’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Tackling the younger version of a role made famous by Meryl Streep is a formidable task, but James took up the mantle and proved herself a worthy performer. We are confident that James can take that leading lady energy from Donna into the role of Cady Herron alongside her kind and welcoming essence, made known to the masses by James in Disney’s 2015 live-action adaptation of Cinderella.

Regina George:
Zendaya
You’ve watched her grow up on the Disney Channel and tackle blockbuster films like The Greatest Showman and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now, witness Zendaya take on the head mean girl herself, Regina George. Zendaya’s already proven herself as a formidable musical movie presence, performing alongside the likes of Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams in The Greatest Showman.

Gretchen Wieners:
Francia Raisa
Longtime viewers of The Secret Life of the American Teenager may recognize Francia Raisa from her role as Adrian Lee, from 2008 to 2013. In recent years, she’s held the main role of Anna Torres on ABC’s Black-ish spinoff series, Grown-ish. To us, Raisa has a versatile repertoire, making her an ideal fit for the multifaceted – and often misunderstood – Gretchen Wieners.

Karen Smith:
Ariana Grande
You can picture it too, can’t you? We think Ariana Grande, with her powerhouse vocals and classical acting training, will perfectly embrace the essence of Karen Smith. She’s been seen on Broadway in 13: The Musical and, of course, has been seen onscreen in countless television roles and live musical specials. Paramount’s upcoming adaptation of Mean Girls is Grande’s natural next step. (Plus, hearing Grande riff out “Sexy” may just break the internet.)

Aaron Samuels:
KJ Apa
Have you been watching the CW’s instant cult classic show, Riverdale? Then, you know KJ Apa; he portrays titular role of Archie in the series that's loosely based on the Archie Comics. His young, leading-man charm, paired with his dashing good looks are just the ticket for heartthrob and object of Cady’s heart’s desire, Aaron Samuels. And in case you are wondering, yes, Apa can carry a beautiful tune. Check out one of Riverdale’s many musical episodes to hear Apa’s smooth voice in action.

Janis Ian:
Melanie Field
Known for her fierce television roles in You, Florida Girls, and the 2018 adaptation of Heathers, Melanie Field gets our vote to play Janis Ian in the forthcoming Mean Girls adaptation. Field has mastered the intense look and keen sense of wit to portray Janis Ian; and we’re ready to hear her belt “I’d Rather Be Me.”

Damian Leigh:
Taron Egerton
Golden Globe Award winner Taron Egerton has had a versatile career in Hollywood, notably as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman. He has sung massive hits and has shown how his powerful vocals and masterful storytelling would aid him in playing the show-stopping Damian Leigh. “She doesn’t even go here…”

Ms. Norbury:
Patina Miller
Whoever portrays North Shore High School teacher Ms. Norbury needs to have a sense of strength while also wielding wit and impeccable timing. Tony Award-winning Patina Miller, known for her standout roles of the Leading Player in the 2013 revival of Pippin and of Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2, has both. Miller’s powerful control of a scene married with her charming spirit make her the perfect Ms. Norbury.

Mrs. George:
Rose Byrne
Hollywood veteran Rose Byrne can play comedy, drama, musical – you name it. Her comedic timing has been displayed on the forefront in recent film, Like a Boss and Irresistible. We’d love to see Byrne take on the famed line, “I’m not a regular mom. I’m a cool mom.”

Before you see the film adaptation, catch Mean Girls on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre.

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