fans of “Bad Girls” got a glimpse of the latest versions of Regina George and her plastic army with the release of the trailer for the upcoming movie musical.
The film, which was originally scheduled to stream exclusively on Paramount+, will Premiere in the cinema January 12th. It is Bplayed in the Broadway musical inspired by the 2004 film of the same name. Upper Darby native Tina Fey, who wrote the musical and the original film, also wrote this project.
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The Trailerwhich Paramount released on Wednesday, features Reneé Rapp – a singer and actress who stars in “The Sex Lives of College Girls” on Max – She reprized her role as George after playing the character on Broadway. PRotary protagonist Cady Heron, played by Mare of Easttown actress Angourie Rice, also features prominently in the clip as the naive new girl who must adopt a pink wardrobe after falling in love with George’s gang.
“You could be really hot…if you change everything, so to speak,” Rapp warns ominously in the trailer.
The video features familiar props like the Burn Book and scenes like the Halloween party and the Christmas talent show, as well as many characters that fans know and love. If the trailer is any indication, the film will feature vicious drama and lavish musical numbers and references to the social media-driven world teenagers live in today.
“This isn’t your mother’s ‘Mean Girls,'” the trailer promises.
The movie musical is the latest installment in Fey’s raunchy teen comedy franchise, and the “Saturday Night Live” alum has been working to bring it to the screen since at least 2020.
The original 2004 film “Mean Girls” follows Heron (Lindsay Lohan) as she tries to navigate high school cliques after years of being homeschooled in Africa. All hell breaks loose when she meets up with teen queen George (Rachel McAdams) and her group of perfectly polished Plastics, including Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) and Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert). Fey appeared in the film as teacher Ms. Norbury.
Following the film’s success, Fey brought the premise to Broadway in 2018. The musical was nominated for the Tony Awards and features a Soundtrack of original songs. It is currently touring North America and made a stop in Philly Last month.
The “Mean Girls” drama has seeped into reality for Fey. Rosalind Wiseman – author of the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” which served as the source material for the film “Mean Girls” — has confirmed this is considering legal action against Fey. Wiseman claims she hasn’t seen any money since selling the film rights, even though her contract includes net profits from the franchise.
Nevertheless, filming for the latest “Mean Girls” project has been completed last April in Middletown, Monmouth Countywhere Mater Dei High School was converted into the fictional North Shore High School.
In addition to Rapp, the 2024 film musical also includes other well-known faces. Ashley Park, who played Gretchen Wieners on Broadway, will appear as a French teacher in the new film, according to the trailer. Fey and Tim Meadows, who played Principal Duvall in the 2004 film, will reprise their roles from the original film.
The trailer doesn’t reveal whether any other original cast members will appear in the new film, but the actresses who played the original Plastics gang (McAdams, Lohan, Seyfried and Chabert) have confirmed that they will happy to return for a cameo appearance. Lohan, Seyfried and Chabert recently reunited for Walmart’s new Black Friday campaign.
Rice isn’t the only person entering the world of Mean Girls for the first time. The film musical stars Christopher Briney, Avantika Vandanapu, Bebe Wood, Busy Philipps, Jenna Fischer and Jon Hamm. Heron’s first friends at North Shore High School, hilarious misfits Janis and Damian, are played by Auli’i Cravalho and Jaquel Spivey.
Watch the full trailer below: