Movies - Mean Girls: Renée Rapp's Rise, Artistic Evolution, and the Anticipation Surrounding the 2024 Cinematic Revival

By Mulder, 21 november 2023

Mean Girls, the long-awaited musical directed by Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne, is set to hit theaters on January 12, 2024. This film adaptation, based on the Broadway musical of the same name, promises to rekindle the flame of success of the 2004 cult film. An eclectic cast, including Angourie Rice, Auliʻi Cravalho, and the dazzling Renée Rapp as Regina George, promises a unique cinematic experience.

Mean Girls tells the story of Cady Heron, played by Angourie Rice, a new student who finds herself plunged into the ruthless social hierarchy of high school. Alongside Regina George, played by Renée Rapp, the queen of "Plastics", and her sidekicks Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika Vandanapu), the plot promises a captivating mix of comedy, drama and social satire.

The choice of Renée Rapp to play Regina George is no accident. The young American actress and singer, who has made her mark in the world of theater and music, made a name for herself by winning the prestigious Jimmy Award in 2018 for her performance in her high school production of Big Fish. Her acclaimed performance in the iconic Broadway role of Regina George further cemented her reputation as a rising star. Beyond the stage, Renée Rapp has also made successful forays into music, with the release of her EP "Everything to Everyone" in 2022, followed by her full-length album "Snow Angel" in 2023.

However, a frank statement from Renée Rapp in October 2023 revealed a change of direction in her artistic career. Despite her success in the world of theater and music, she expressed in an interview that she felt no desire to return to the stage, citing anxiety as an influential factor. This candid revelation offers a glimpse into the complexities of her artistic journey and the personal considerations that shape her career choices.

Mean Girls benefits from Tina Fey's involvement as writer and producer, as well as the return of Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin to rework the musical's songs. Bill Kirstein's cinematography and the stellar cast, which also includes Jenna Fischer and Busy Philipps, add to the excitement surrounding this project.

As the release date approaches, anticipation for Mean Girls soars, buoyed by the excitement of the new generation of "Plastics" led by the dazzling Renée Rapp. The film promises to be a memorable addition to the franchise, reminding fans why Mean Girls has become a cult comedy staple. Join us on January 12, 2024 to discover this hilarious and refreshing new version of a story already adored by entire generations.

Synopsis : 
Tina Fey gives a new twist to the 2000s cult comedy Means girl. New student Cady Heron finds herself rubbing shoulders with the elite of the social food chain, the popular girls known as The Plastics, led by their queen Regina George and her underlings Gretchen and Karen. But when Cady gets a crush on Aaron, she doesn't immediately realize that she's made a big mistake, and her new bestie quickly turns into an enemy. Cady decides to overturn the established order with the help of her loser friends, Janis and Damian. Staying true to yourself while making your way through the ruthless high school jungle: that's quite a program, and you've got 2 hours.

Mean Girls
Directed by Arturo Perez Jr., Samantha Jayne
Screenplay by Tina Fey 
Based on Mean Girls by Jeff Richmond, Nell Benjamin, Tina Fey
Produced by Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey
Starring  Angourie Rice, Auliʻi Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Avantika Vandanapu, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows
Cinematography : Bill Kirstein
Music by Jeff Richmond
Production companies : Paramount Players, Broadway Video, Little Stranger
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date : January 12, 2024 (United States),