When Mean Girls originally came out in 2004, it became a cultural phenomenon. While the film is unlikely to see a sequel, it was no surprise when it was adapted into a musical. Now, Deadline has revealed who will portray the iconic parts in the classic film, including Anogourice Rice, Renee Rapp, Auli’i Cravalho, and Jaquel Spivey.
The Mean Girls musical was already making waves on Broadway long before the film version was revealed. The show performed for 833 performances until being forced to close because to the COVID-19 epidemic in March 2022. The musical received 12 Tony Award nominations but did not win any of them. The cinematic adaptation of the musical was announced in January 2020, two months before the COVID closure put the industry on hold.
The film adaptation of the Mean Girls musical will star Angourie Rice as Cady, the role originally performed by Lindsay Lohan in the 2004 film. Cady spent the film as a new student trying to find her way through a high school’s social structure, sabotaging the females in a clique known as the “plastics.” The musical, predictably, follows the same plot but is set to music.
Angourie Rice was most recognised for her portrayal as Betty Brant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man series before being cast in Mean Girls. Honor Society, Ladies in Black, The Nice Guys, Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows, and Walking with Dinosaurs were among her other credits.
Reneé Rapp will play Regina George, the leader of the Plastics, alongside Rice in the Mean Girls musical. The film’s (and musical’s) antagonist is the dishonest and manipulative Regina, who uses her wits to undermine and abuse other kids in order to improve her own popularity.
Rapp is best known for her performance as Regina in the Mean Girls stage adaptation, which premiered in Washington, D.C. in 2017 and opened on Broadway in 2018. In 2018, Rapp earned a Jimmy Award for Best Actress Performance.
Auli’i Cravalho, well known for her portrayal as the title character in the smash animated Disney film Moana, will play Janis Ian in the Mean Girls musical. Janis, who was the first person to form friends with Cady once she arrived at her new school, encourages Cady as she embarks on her mission to ruin the plastics. However, when the hijinks escalate, Janis is the first individual to point out that Cady’s activities make her no different than the Plastics themselves.
Jaquel Spivey rounds out the announced lineup as Damian, a guy who befriends Cady alongside Janis in the Mean Girls musical. Spivey’s acting career has been solely concentrated on on-stage performances, unlike the rest of the group. He made his professional acting debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop, just eleven months after graduating from Park Point University.