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Mean Girls: Who from the original and the Broadway musical is in the new movie?

Get in, loser, we're going cameo-spotting

Mean Girls (2024) - Tina Fey
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The new Mean Girls movie is full of new faces, as you'd expect - but there are some returning ones from the original 2004 movie, and from the Broadway musical adaptation, too. Here are the veteran actors you should look out for.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey - Mean Girls 2024
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Tina Fey has once again served as the movie's screenwriter after also working on the Broadway musical. She's one of the only two actors from the original movie that returns for the musical remake, playing Ms. Norbury once again.

For those coming in fresh, Ms. Norbury is Cady's (Angourie Rice) maths teacher, who notices Cady ignoring her studies in favor of infiltrating the Plastics. Those familiar with the comedy genre know Fey is a legend, and probably have seen some of her work on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. Lately, she's appeared in projects like Only Murders in the Building and A Haunting in Venice.

Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows - Mean Girls 2024
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Meadows is the other returning actor from the original movie's cast. The SNL alum reprises his role as Principal Duvall, the man overseeing everything that happens at North Shore High School and trying to control the chaos.

Meadows' biggest credits include Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Reneé Rapp

Mean Girls (2024) trailer
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Rapp landed the Mean Girls main 'antagonist' role of Regina George, who was played in the 2004 original movie by Rachel McAdams, after also playing her in the Broadway musical as a replacement for Taylor Louderman. George is known for 'running' the social scene at North Shore High School, and Cady plots to infiltrate her Plastics group.

Rapp is largely known for her career as a singer, but her other big on-screen credit comes from the TV series The Sex Lives of College Girls.

Ashley Park

Ashley Park - Only Murders in the Building
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Park is the sole returning cast member from the musical that we knew of before the movie's release date. She played the legendary Gretchen Wieners on Broadway, and in the movie adaptation she takes on a new role as Madame Park, the French teacher of Cady and crew.

Park is known for Emily in Paris, Beef, and Only Murders in the Building, where she acted alongside Tina Fey and was also part of a Broadway musical.

Lindsay Lohan

Undoubtedly the biggest cameo in the new movie is Lohan, who played the original Cady Heron, and now plays the host of the final Mathletes contest - and a character who tells the new Cady, "I don't know, girl, I don't know your life." (Well, kinda, you do.)

Famous for her work in Disney's remakes of The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday, Lohan would go on to lead the original Mean Girls movie, as well as appear in Herbie: Fully Loaded, Just My Luck, and a number of other movies even as she struggled with addiction issues. In recent years, she's become a fixture of reality television, but has also signed a deal to appear in Netflix original movies.

Are the original Mean Girls in the new movie?

Mean Girls (at the mall)
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Although three of the original Mean Girls recently got together for awkward Walmart ads, the original Plastics do not, sadly, appear in the new movie. According to a report in Time, the original cast was invited to return for the new movie, but unfortunately it didn't come to pass.

Rachel McAdams recently explained to Variety why she chose to skip the aforementioned Walmart commercial and also revealed that Fey and her "dabbled with a few ideas" before the project went in a different direction.


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