Mean Girls Set to Pounce Back into Theaters in 2024
The iconic 2004 teen comedy film Mean Girls is set to make a fierce comeback in 2024 – this time as a musical extravaganza. Directed by Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne, the new adaptation will bring the hilarious story of high school cliques and social warfare to song and dance when it hits UK cinemas on January 19, 2024.
A Broadway Musical Makes the Leap to the Big Screen
The upcoming Mean Girls movie is not a straight remake of the original Lindsay Lohan hit, but rather an adaptation of the Broadway musical inspired by the film. The stage production took Tina Fey’s witty screenplay and set it to an upbeat, satirical score by Jeff Richmond (Fey’s husband) with lyrics by Nell Benjamin.
Debuting on Broadway in 2018, the Mean Girls musical was a surprise smash success. Critics praised its lively music and dancing as well as its faithfulness to the biting commentary on teen social status from the film.
Several of the original Broadway cast members will reprise their roles for the 2024 movie musical, including:
- Reneé Rapp as queen bee Regina George
- Auli’i Cravalho as artsy outcast Janis Ian
- Jaquel Spivey as Janis’ best friend Damian
They will be joined by an almost entirely new supporting cast. Australian actress Angourie Rice, best known for playing Betty Brant in recent Spider-Man films, will take on the lead role of Cady Heron – the homeschooled 16-year-old who gets her first exposure to public school cliques.
Full Cast List:
- Angourie Rice as Cady Heron
- Reneé Rapp as Regina George
- Auli’i Cravalho as Janis Ian
- Jaquel Spivey as Damian
- Bebe Wood as Gretchen Wieners
- Avantika Vandanapu as Karen Smith
- Christopher Briney as Aaron Samuels
- Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury
- Tim Meadows as Principal Duvall
The Iconic Story Translated to Song
Fans eager to see how the musical format changes this legendary teen comedy need not worry – early reports say the 2024 Mean Girls will be just as biting, witty, and relatable as the 2004 original. The iconic story follows Cady Heron, who has grown up in Africa but moves back to the States for high school.
Though sheltered, worldly Cady quickly grasps the complex social hierarchy of North Shore High School in Illinois. Under the guidance of outcasts Janis and Damian, she infiltrates the most powerful clique on campus – The Plastics, led by ultimate mean girl Regina George. Hilarity and life lessons ensue as Cady gets embroiled deeper in the cynical social politics and backstabbing schemes.
The themes of gossip, secrets, betrayal, and status-seeking are sure to translate brilliantly to splashy group musical numbers. Fey’s signature wit layered atop the showstopping singing and dancing of the Broadway version will make the film equally fun for devotees of the original and musical theater kids alike.
Behind the Scenes: Creative Team and Origins
In addition to several Broadway cast members reprising their roles, the creative team behind the stage musical will also helm the 2024 film adaptation. Director Arturo Perez Jr. received a Tony nomination for his direction of the Broadway production, as did Samantha Jayne as co-director and choreographer.
The movie reunites Perez and Jayne with Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin to bring the musical numbers like “A Cautionary Tale” and showstoppers “World Burn” and “Fearless” to cinematic life. Also returning is screenwriter Tina Fey, who will reprise her role as the mathematics teacher Ms. Norbury in addition to penning the film’s book.
As for what inspired the musical in the first place, producer Lorne Michaels revealed it was the viral YouTube popularity of the song “Jingle Bell Rock” as performed by the Plastics in the original movie. Paramount Pictures President Wyck Godfrey added that Mean Girls fandom had not slowed down in the 14 years since its release, making the IP ripe for revisiting.
Release Date and Rating
Cady, Regina, Gretchen and Karen will once again wage social war on movie screens when Mean Girls debuts in US theaters January 12, 2024. It launches in the UK and Ireland a week later on January 19.
While plot details are still scarce, the film looks to retain the original cheeky humor and themes about the pitfalls of cliquish high school culture. As such, mature elements like sexual references, adult language, and teen partying suggest it will likely earn a 12A rating in the UK.
Superfans ready to relive the story through song can currently enjoy the Broadway musical soundtrack album available on Spotify and Apple Music. The movie soundtrack looks poised to join it later this winter.
Mean Girls Official Trailer (2024 Movie)
The Verdict: Fetch or Just Another Cash-In?
It remains to be seen whether the 2024 film will join hits like Hairspray and tick, tick…BOOM! on the shortlist of great movie musical adaptations. However the infectious score, sensational Broadway cast members reprising roles, and foundation of Tina Fey’s whip-smart original screenplay bode very well.
Early footage suggests the movie will stay true to the biting commentary and cringe humor that made 2004’s Mean Girls resonate so deeply. The themes of gossip, betrayal, secrets and occupational hazards of being a teenage girl seem universal and timeless. They should lend themselves splendidly to big musical spectacle.
In short, while this latest adaptation sounds unerringly “fetch” on paper, audiences will have to wait for the film’s release to see how well it works in practice. But with so much talent onboard in front of and behind the camera, the 2024 Mean Girls musical sounds poised to earn its place in the echelon of beloved teen comedies for generations current and future.