More Gen-Z Favorites Cast in MEAN GIRLS Movie, Based on Broadway Musical
North Shore High’s roster is getting some new classmates. Casting for the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Mean Girls continues with Gen-Z favorites Avantika and Bebe Wood playing Karen Smith and Gretchen Weiners, respectively. Christopher Briney, who does in fact look sexy with his hair pushed back, will take on Aaron Samuels.
They join the previously announced Renée Rapp as Regina George, Angourie Rice as Cady Heron, Auli’i Cravalho as Janice Ian, and A Strangle Loop Tony nominee Jaquel Spivey as Damien. Additionally, Deadline reports TikTok and YouTube star Kyle Hanagami, who has worked with everyone from BlackPink to Jennifer Lopez to *NSYNC, will choreograph the film.
Avantika most recently wrapped filming in the horror movie Horrorscope and the Prime Video series, Masoom. Her previous credits include the Disney Channel Original Movie Spin and the Rebel Wilson comedy Senior Year. Briney is best known as Conrad Fisher in Amazon’s The Summer I Turned Pretty, which will be released later this year for Season 2. Wood was seen in Love, Victor, among other shows, and will next appear in The Accused on FOX.
Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels are producing Mean Girls after leading the Broadway production, with Fey again writing a script for the newest iteration of the beloved property. Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. are co-directors.
While no release date has been announced, the film will be released via streaming on Paramount+, with even more casting to come. (Is it too much to hope Jennifer Simard will reprise her hilarious turn as Regina’s mom?)
Mean Girls, inspired by the hit 2004 film of the same name, opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in 2018, earning 12 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Book for Tina Fey (the movie’s original screenwriter), and Best Original Score for Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin.