"I remember us going, could we ask, like, Harry Styles?" recalled Arturo Perez Jr., who directed the 2024 reboot of the 2004 comedy with Samantha Jayne
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday, the movie musical remake's directors Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. revealed that they had the "Watermelon Sugar" musician, 29, in mind for a particular role.
While speaking about some of the film's most memorable lines and funniest moments, the pair brought up the role they were envisioning Styles for at one point.
“There are certain iconic lines where we would joke that there would be riots in the streets if it wasn’t in there. Like ‘You go, Glen Coco!’ Give the people what they want. Give me what I want! But when we were like, ‘Who’s Glen Coco?'” Jayne asked.
“Who can it be?” Perez interjected, adding: “I remember us going, could we ask, like, Harry Styles?”
Jayne agreed: “We were like Harry Styles could be Glen Coco!”
But, Jayne had a caveat. “Then we were like, hold on, we love to break the fourth wall: What if we are all Glen Coco? So, after 20 years, we can all feel like Glen Coco.” ( ATHR editor’s note clarified that the line is actually delivered straight to the camera and audience.)
Based on the 2018 Broadway musical of the same name, which was based on the 2004 film of the same name, the movie introduces audiences to a new generation of the Plastics.
Plans for the musical movie were initially announced in January 2020 by Tina Fey, who wrote both the original film and musical.
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The main cast for the film was announced in December 2022; Senior Year actress Angourie Rice stars as Cady Heron and Sex Lives of College Girls actress Renée Rapp reprises her Broadway role as Regina George. Avantika and Bebe Wood play Regina's Plastics cohorts, Karen and Gretchen.
The Mean Girls — starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried — has become a cult classic since it premiered almost two decades ago, with numerous catchphrases and even its own national day.
According to The New York Times, the 2024 movie musical topped the box office in its opening weekend, earning more than $28 million.
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