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Following the success of the 2004 teen comedy, which has become a cult classic over the years, the film was turned into a hit Broadway musical in 2018, earning numerous Tony Award nominations including best musical.
Now, the Plastics are heading back to the screen as the Broadway musical gets turned into a movie, featuring all the songs from the original production.
While there are plenty of new faces in the upcoming film, it will include some notable alumni from the show and initial movie, including Reneé Rapp reprising her Broadway role as Regina George and Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprising their roles as Ms. Norbury and Principal Duvall, respectively, from the original movie.
Ahead, take a look at all the actors who have played the iconic characters through the years, including the newbies playing Cady, the Plastics and more.
Following her roles in Disney films such as Get a Clue and Freaky Friday, Lindsay Lohan originated the role of Cady Heron, a former homeschooled student who quickly befriends The Plastics when she transfers to North Shore High School. She'd been acting for years, but the role established Lohan as a Hollywood star.
In 2018, Erika Henningsen originated the role of Cady in the Broadway musical, eventually receiving an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for the role. She starred in the production until February 2020, when she was replaced by actress Sabrina Carpenter.
Angourie Rice, best known for playing Betty Brant in Marvel's Spider-Man films, is set to play Cady in the new musical movie.
In the 2004 film, Rachel McAdams originated the role of Regina George, the most popular girl in school and head of the Plastics. The movie was a breakout moment for her and she was catapulted into superstardom with her subsequent role in The Notebook.
The Regina George torch was eventually passed on to Taylor Louderman, who played the character on Broadway. She received numerous nominations for her role, including at the Tony Awards, Drama League Awards, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She left the production in September 2019, and was replaced by Reneé Rapp.
After gaining recognition for her role as Regina on Broadway, Rapp made major moves with her fan-favorite role on The Sex Lives of College Girls and her music career. Now, she is set to step back into Regina's Louboutin heels for the musical movie.
Lacey Chabert originated the role of Gretchen Wieners, Regina's second-in-command, whose hair is so big because "it's full of secrets." Though Chabert had already gained prominence as a child actress, with roles on Party of Five and The Wild Thornberrys, the 2004 film was her movie breakout.
Ashley Park later took on the role of Gretchen in the Broadway musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. In March 2019, Park left the production and was replaced by Krystina Alabado. Though Park isn't reprising her role as Gretchen in the new musical movie, she is set to make a cameo as a French teacher (a possible nod to her success on Netflix's Emily in Paris).
In the musical movie, Gretchen will be played by Bebe Wood, whose past credits include The Real O'Neals and Love, Victor.
Amanda Seyfried was first to play Karen Smith, a ditsy but sweet member of the Plastics. The film was also instrumental to launching her career, paving the role for roles in other hit films such as Mamma Mia!, Dear John and Les Misérables.
In the Broadway musical, Karen was played by Kate Rockwell, a role for which she received Drama Desk Award and Helen Hayes Award nominations. Rockwell later left the production in March 2020 and was replaced by Laura Leigh Turner.
Following her breakout role in the 2021 Disney Channel Original Movie, Spin, Avantika Vandanapu is set to play Karen in the new musical movie, whose name will now be Karen Shetty.
Daniel Franzese was first to play Damian Leigh, Janis' gay best friend who befriends Cady. The role is one of the most memorable characters in the film, thanks to Franzese's quick wit and memorable lines.
Grey Henson later took on the role of Damian Hubbard in the Broadway show, for which he earned a nomination for a 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. His final performance in the role was in March 2020.
Following his Broadway success in A Strange Loop, which earned him a Tony nomination, Jaquel Spivey is set to play Damian in the musical movie.
Following her role in the cult classic show Freaks and Geeks, Lizzy Caplan received wide recognition for her role as Janis Ian, Regina's former best friend who convinces Cady to seek revenge on her and the Plastics.
After gaining prominence in the theater community with her role in the off-Broadway production of Heathers: The Musical, Barrett Wilbert Weed was cast as Janis Sarkisian in the Broadway show. She announced her exit from the show in February 2020 and was replaced by Olivia Kaufmann.
Following her breakout role in 2016's Moana, Auliʻi Cravalho has been cast as Janis in the musical movie.
Jonathan Bennett first originated the role of Aaron Samuels, Cady's crush at North Shore High School and Regina's ex-boyfriend.
Kyle Selig was next to play the hunky football star in the Broadway musical. Though Selig stayed in the musical until its closing in March 2020, he took a temporary leave of absence in 2019, during which his role was played by Cameron Dallas. Fun fact: his love interest onstage, Cady (played by Erica Henningsen) turned into an offstage love story and the two got married in May 2023.
After stealing hearts on The Summer I Turned Pretty, Christopher Briney marks the next heartthrob to take on the role of Aaron Samuels.
In addition to writing the screenplay for the 2004 film and the book for the 2018 musical, Tina Fey starred in the first movie as Ms. Norbury, a math teacher at North Shore High School who mentors Cady.
In the musical, Kerry Butler took over Fey's role, playing triple duty as Ms. Norbury, Mrs. Heron and Mrs. George. Her final performance was in September 2018 and she was replaced by Jennifer Simard.
It only seems fitting that Fey would reprise her role as Ms. Norbury in the new musical movie! We imagine she will still be a "pusher, Cady."
After appearing on Saturday Night Live for 10 seasons, Tim Meadows played Principal Duvall in the hit 2004 film.
Rick Younger later took on the role in the Broadway show, playing the character from its opening in March 2018 to its final performance in March 2020.
Like Fey, Meadows is set to reprise his role as Principal Duvall in the musical movie.
SNL alum Amy Poehler notably played Regina's mom in the 2004 movie, forever cementing herself as a "cool mom."
In addition to playing Ms. Norbury, Kerry Butler also played Regina's mom and Cady's mom in the musical.
In the new musical movie, the iconic role of Mrs. George will be played by Busy Philipps.
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