‘Mean Girls’ Musical Film Adds Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, and Avantika

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Paramount+’s Mean Girls musical film adaptation is back with more totally fetch news. Deadline has announced that Bebe Wood (Love, Victor), Christopher Briney (The Summer I Turned Pretty), and Avantika (Senior Year) are the latest cast additions. They join the previously announced Reneé Rapp, Auli’i Cravalho, Angourie Rice, and Jaquel Spivey.

The upcoming musical is an adaptation of the Broadway hit, which itself is a musical adaptation of the 2004 film, which (bear with me) is adapted from the Rosalind Wiseman novel Queen Bees and Wannabes. The story follows Cady Heron, a high schooler whose family recently returned to the U.S. As Cady starts at a new school, she must navigate the tricky terrain of high school politics, including infiltrating the popular clique known as The Plastics.

For the movie, Wood will play Gretchen, who was originated by Lacey Chabert in the first movie, and first played by Ashley Park on Broadway. Avantika will play Karen, a role previously held by Amanda Seyfried (movie) and Kate Rockwell (Broadway). Briney is set to play Aaron, taking over the reins from Jonathan Bennett (movie) and Kyle Selig (Broadway).

Tina Fey, who has been involved with every iteration since the movie, returns to adapt the musical. Arturo Perez and Samantha Jayne direct. Fey and Lorne Michaels produce, with music by Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin.

There’s currently no projected release window, but it will debut on Paramount+.

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