Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for the highly-anticipated movie musical reimagining of Mean Girls. Directed by Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne, the film, set to hit theaters on January 12, 2024, features a star-studded cast including Angourie Rice as Cady Heron, Renée Rapp as Regina George, Auli’i Cravalho as Janis, Jaquel Spivey as Damian, Anantika as Karen, and Bebe Wood as Gretchen.
Plans for the movie were initially announced in January 2020 by Tina Fey, the mastermind behind both the original film and musical. The official casting list was revealed in December 2022, with Tim Meadows and Tina Fey reprising their roles from the Broadway adaptation of Mean Girls.
The musical, known for its Broadway success, will bring a more pop-oriented sound to the film, departing from the Broadway version designed for a theatrical audience. Set to begin filming in March 2023, the movie will be directed by Arturo Perez and Samantha Jayne, with Fey handling the script and serving as a producer.
While the trailer teases a modern twist to the classic storyline, fans are left speculating about the musical aspect. Surprisingly, the two-minute clip scarcely hints at the film being a musical, with no mention in the title or overt musical cues. Despite the Broadway success of the musical adaptation, the trailer focuses on the familiar narrative without showcasing the musical elements, leaving viewers curious about how the iconic tunes will be integrated into the film.
The cast also includes Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, and Jon Hamm, with reports suggesting the potential return of the original Mean Girls cast, including Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert.
Watch the trailer below.