Two decades after the original film was released, Mean Girls is back in theaters – albeit with some adjustments.
The most notable difference is the fact that the new Mean Girls film is a musical (based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name), but it has also been given a series of changes to better suit today’s times.
The film also has a new cast, led by Angourie Rice and Renée Rapp, although some familiar faces from the original film have also appeared.
And if any new actor makes you feel déjà vu, here’s our guide to where you’ve seen the Mean Girls 2024 star before…
Angourie Rice as Cady HeronAngourie Rice in Mean Girls (left) and Mare Of Easttown (right)
Australian star Angourie Rice takes the lead in this new version of Mean Girls, inheriting the role of Cady Heron first made famous by Lindsay Lohan.
While most of us probably know Angourie best from her role as Kate Winslet’s on-screen daughter in the hit drama Mare Of Easttown, she also played Betty Brant in Marvel’s latest Spider-Man film.
She also appeared in the Black Mirror episode Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too (yes, the one featuring Miley Cyrus in a purple wig) and acted in the comedies Senior Year and Honor Society.
Renée Rapp plays Regina GeorgeRenée Rapp in Mean Girls (left) and performing at the VMAs in 2023 (right)
Renée Rapp returns to the role of Regina George, which she previously played on Broadway.
Apart from her work in Mean Girls, Renée is perhaps best known as a singer rather than an actor, with her debut album Snow Angel peaking at number seven in the UK last year.
She also played the lead role in Mindy Kaling’s comedy The Sex Lives Of College Girls, alongside Amrit Kaur and Pauline Chalamet.
Bebe Wood Gretchen WienersBebe Wood in Mean Girls (left) and Love Victor (right)
Mean Girls is far from Bebe Wood’s first time at the teen comedy rodeo.
Before landing the role of Gretchen Wieners, she appeared in Ryan Murphy’s family sitcom The New Normal as a child actor, and then played one of the main characters in Disney+’s Love Victor.
He also first met Tina Fey at the age of 11, when she appeared on an episode of the sitcom 30 Rock.
Avantika as Karen ShettyAvantika in Mean Girls (left) and Disney’s Spin (right)
At just 18 years old, Avantika already has an impressive list of credits to her name, including Indian films such as Manamantha, Rarandoi Veduka Chudham, and Balakrishnudu.
Disney fans may recognize Avantika from the Disney Channel Original Movie Spin, in which she starred, and later lent her voice to Mira, Royal Detective, and Gina Rodriguez’s sitcom Diary Of A Future President.
She also had a small role in the Netflix comedy Senior Year, which her future Mean Girls co-star Angourie Rice also had a small role in.
Auliʻi Cravalho as Janis ‘Imi’ikeAuliʻi Cravalho as Janis in Mean Girls (left) and Disney’s Moana (right)
You may not recognize Auliʻi Cravalho’s face, but you’ve definitely heard her voice – because she was the singing and speaking voice of Moana in the hit Disney film. She then played another Disney princess in the concert version of The Little Mermaid, co-starring Queen Latifah, Shaggy, and John Stamos.
Other live-action credits include the Netflix drama All Together Now and the TV adaptation of the hit novel The Power, which debuted on Amazon Prime last year.
Jaquel Spivey as DamianJaquel Spivey as Damian in Mean Girls (left) and Usher in the Broadway show A Strange Loop (right)
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Already a big name in the world of musical theater, Jaquel Spivey portrayed the role of Usher in the Broadway play A Strange Loop, earning him his first Tony and Grammy nominations in 2022.
Mean Girls marks her first on-screen credit.
Christopher Briney as Aaron SamuelsChristopher Spivey in Mean Girls (left) and The Summer I Became Pretty (right)
Christopher Briney’s breakthrough moment came when he played Conrad Fisher in the adult series The Summer I Turned Pretty.
He also appeared in the film Dalíland, based on the life of surrealist artist Savlador Dalí.
Busy Philipps as Mrs GeorgeBusy Philipps in Mean Girls (left) and Girls5eva (right)
Regina George’s mother was a small but iconic role for Amy Poehler in the original Mean Girls film, and this time she was played by Busy Philipps.
After her initial appearances on Dawson’s Creek and Freaks And Geeks (sadly, no, not all of her on-screen credits rhymed), Busy landed a role opposite Courteney Cox in her biggest post-Friends show, Cougar Town, which earned Busy a Critics’ Choice Award nomination .
You may have also seen her in the films White Chicks, He’s Just Not That Into You or I Feel Pretty, her short-lived talk show Busy Tonight or, more recently, the musical sitcom Girls5eva.
Jenna Fischer as Mrs. HeronJenna Fischer in Mean Girls (left) and The Office (right)
You may remember Jenna from her roles in comedies like Hall Pass, Blades Of Glory or Walk Hard… but let’s be honest, chances are you’ve seen her on The Office.
Jenna played Pam Beesly in nine seasons of the much-loved US sitcom, and currently hosts the sitcom Office Ladies with co-star Angela Kinsey, where they share memories of the making of each episode.
Jon Hamm as Coach CarrJon Hamm as Coach Carr in Mean Girls (left) and Don Draper in Mad Men (right)
Jon Hamm won an Emmy, two Golden Globes and a Critics’ Choice Award for his starring performance as Don Draper on the TV show Mad Men.
Since then, you may have seen him on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bridesmaids, Top Gun: Maverick, or the most recent season of The Morning Show, where he played a media mogul, who bears a passing resemblance to current X owner Elon Musk.
Ashley Park as Mrs ParkAshley Park as Madame Park (left) and Gretchen Wieners (right) in different iterations of the Mean Girls musical
The film Mean Girls marked a full-fledged moment for Ashley Parks, as she previously played Gretchen Wieners on Broadway, earning her a Tony nomination.
His screen work includes the film Joy Ride, the murder mystery comedy Only Murders In The Building, and the award-winning Netflix miniseries Beef.
Tina Fey as Miss NorburyTina Fey in Mean Girls (left) and 30 Rock (right)
As well as playing Miss Norbury in both versions of Mean Girls, Tina has also written films – as well as Broadway musicals.
In addition to being a former Saturday Night Live cast member, Tina is perhaps best known for her starring role as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, although she has also appeared in the films Muppets Most Wanted, Wine Country, Soul, and A Haunting In Venice.
You may have seen her in Only Murders In The Building or Girls 5eva (which she executive produced and also had a cameo in as Dolly Parton).
Tim Meadows as Principal DuvallTim Meadows in Mean Girls (left) and The Goldbergs (right)
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Like Tina, Tim Meadows is the only actor from the original Mean Girls film to reprise his role in the new musical version (he also played Principal Duvall in the oft-forgotten sequel Mean Girls 2, but the less said about that, the better) .
Outside of Mean Girls, she was a longtime cast member on SNL, playing a recurring role on the TV sitcom The Goldbergs and acting in films such as Walk Hard, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Trainwreck, and Dream Scenario.
Now, we have one more cast member left.
Prepare yourself for huge spoilers – if you haven’t seen the film yourself, stop reading here.
Lindsay Lohan as Mathematics moderatorLindsay Lohan at the Mean Girls 2024 premiere (left) and in the original film with co-stars Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried (right)
Yep, Lindsay is back in this one too. Unlike her co-stars Tina Fey and Tim Meadows, she did not reprise her role from the original, but instead played a new character in an extended cameo.
After a string of Disney roles, it was Mean Girls that put Lindsay on the map, followed by appearances in films like Bobby, Georgia Rule, and The Holiday, which earned her a small cameo as herself.
Lindsay was a tabloid dominant in the late 2000s, and her personal struggles were well documented.
However, in recent years, she has begun to return to acting, starting with Netflix’s romantic comedy Falling For Christmas in 2022. It was later revealed that she had signed a three-film deal with the streaming giant, and another project was due. end of this year.
Mean Girls is in theaters now.