Everything to Know About the 'Mean Girls' Musical Movie

The upcoming Mean Girls musical movie is based on the 2004 film and 2018 Broadway show of the same name

Renee Rapp in mean girls on broadway. Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews; MEAN GIRLS, from left: Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, 2004. ©Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews; Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection

Mean Girls is going from the screen to the stage to the screen again!

Following the success of the 2004 film and 2018 Broadway musical of the same name, Paramount Pictures is making fetch happen for a third time with a film adaptation of the Tony-nominated show.

Plans for the musical movie were first announced in January 2020 by Tina Fey, who wrote both the original film and musical, and the official casting list was unveiled in December 2022.

"I'm very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen," Fey said in a statement to Playbill at the time. "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."

The original film starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried has become a cult classic since it premiered almost two decades ago, with numerous catchphrases and even its own national day.

From the new Plastics to whether any of the original stars from the movie or musical will make cameos, here's everything to know about the Mean Girls musical movie.

Who is starring in the Mean Girls musical movie?

Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Renee Rapp, Jaquel Spivey
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The main cast for the film was announced in December 2022; Senior Year actress Angourie Rice is set to star as Cady Heron and Sex Lives of College Girls star Renée Rapp will reprise her Broadway role as Regina George.

Auli'i Cravalho, the voice actress behind 2016's Moana, will play Janis, and Jaquel Spivey, from Broadway's A Strange Loop, will play Damian.

Avantika and Bebe Wood are set to play Regina's Plastics cohorts, Karen and Gretchen, while The Summer I Turned Pretty actor Christopher Briney will play Aaron Samuels.

In February 2023, Fey announced that she and Tim Meadows would step back into their movie roles as Ms. Norbury and Principal Duvall.

Additionally, The Office alumna Jenna Fischer has been cast as Cady's mother and Busy Philipps has been cast as Mrs. George (who is not a regular mom, but a cool mom). In March 2023, Jon Hamm joined the cast as Coach Carr.

Will any of the Mean Girls movie stars appear in the movie?

MEAN GIRLS, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, 2004, .

In addition to Fey and Meadows reprising their respective roles as Ms. Norbury and Principal Duvall, there have been reports that the original Mean Girls cast, including Lohan, McAdams, Chabert and Seyfried, could appear in the upcoming film.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight in February 2023, Seyfried noted that she and her former costars are "100% into" making a cameo. "It's been a long legacy for Mean Girls, and I think we all kinda just need to hang," she told the publication.

Will any of the Mean Girls musical stars appear in the movie?

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Rapp, who took over the role of Regina George from Taylor Louderman in the original Broadway production, is set to reprise her role as the head of the Plastics in the upcoming film. Additionally, Entertainment Tonight announced in March 2023 that Emily in Paris star Ashley Park, who originated the role of Gretchen Wieners in the original Broadway show, is set to make a cameo.

Who is directing the Mean Girls musical movie?

Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne are co-directing the film. The duo has worked together on various projects in the past, including music videos and shows, but Mean Girls will mark their feature directorial debut at a studio, per Broadway Buzz.

Who is the rest of the creative team for the Mean Girls musical movie?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 14: Actor/writer/show creator Tina Fey speaks onstage during 'Mean Girls' live appearance & creative conversation with Tina Fey on August 14, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
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Not only is Fey starring in and writing the movie musical adaptation, but she is also producing the project alongside Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Fey's husband, Jeff Richmond, wrote the original songs for the musical with lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and Kyle Hanagami, well-known for his viral YouTube videos, is choreographing the film.

How will the Mean Girls musical movie be different from the original?

Speaking with PEOPLE at Cap'n Crunch's 60th Birthday Bash during Coachella, Rapp noted that the upcoming adaptation is a "cool and very special" version of the well-known story.

"This is a very specific version of the musical that has a really specific place in a niche, culty theater way, that I think expands it to maybe people who aren't super into theater," Rapp teased.

When does filming begin for the Mean Girls musical movie?

On March 7, the official Mean Girls account shared that production for the film is officially underway. Filming is reportedly slated to take place in New Jersey.

When will the Mean Girls musical movie be released?

Renee Rapp in mean girls on broadway. Photo by Joan Marcus
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Paramount Pictures hasn't announced an official release date yet, but it will be available to stream exclusively on Paramount+.

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