Get ready, losers! We’re going back to North Shore High School because “Plastic Is Forever!”
Tina Fey’s sensational Broadway hit, ‘Mean Girls,’ is finally making its way to the silver screen, as this beloved cult classic will now take on a whole new dimension by being true to the full-on Mean Girls aesthetic but remaking it for Gen Z.
The film is directed by Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne from a screenplay by Tina Fey, based on the stage musical of the same name which is scheduled to be released in the United States by Paramount Pictures next year on Friday, January 12, 2024, after previously being set for an exclusive streaming release on Paramount Plus.
The first trailer for the movie was recently released, as it is being produced by Paramount Players, Broadway Video, and Little Stranger. The 2:05-minute trailer transports audiences back to the halls of North Shore High School, where cliques and teenage drama reign supreme. Taking inspiration from the iconic 2004 film that became a cultural phenomenon, the film seems to be promising to captivate both longtime fans and newcomers alike. Despite being considered a faithful adaptation of the musical, there were hardly any original songs incorporated in the trailer, which is quite a bummer!
Many fans noticed that despite being the Broadway adaptation of Tina Fey’s hit 2004 movie featuring over 20 original songs worthy of Tony nominations. Much to everyone’s surprise, the trailer at most features Olivia Rodrigo’s “Get Him Back?” which isn’t exciting because the movie was initially promoted and promised to be a musical even though the movie isn’t even titled “Mean Girls: The Musical.” But there is still some hope left as the official poster features a musical note, so there is a chance that the best is being kept undercover for the time being. *Finger’s Crossed*
In the meantime, take a look at the first official trailer of Mean Girls below:
In addition to this, the official summary of the movie reads as follows:
From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, MEAN GIRLS.
New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.
The film stars Angourie Rice as Cady Heron, Reneé Rapp as Regina George, Auli’i Cravalho as Janis ‘Imi’ike, Jaquel Spivey as Damian Hubbard, Bebe Wood as Gretchen Wieners, Avantika Vandanapu as Karen Shetty, Christopher Briney as Aaron Samuels, Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury, Tim Meadows as Principal Duvall, Jenna Fischer as Ms. Heron, Busy Philipps as Mrs. George, Mahi Alam as Kevin Ganatra, Connor Ratliff as Mr. Rapp, Jon Hamm as Coach Carr.
Additionally, Ashley Park, who played Gretchen in the original Broadway production, is set to make a cameo. Development began in January 2020, while filming commenced in March 2023. Principal photography took place in Middletown Township, New Jersey, from March to April 2023. The film is directed by Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne from a screenplay by Tina Fey, based on the stage musical of the same name. On the other hand, Jeff Richmond returned to compose the score for the film adaptation, with lyrics by Nell Benjamin.
Check out the first official stills from the movie below: