Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey have reunited on the Mean Girls premiere red carpet in New York City.
Two decades since their cult teen comedy first came out, the duo were there for the premiere of its musical interpretation on the big screen, which sees Fey writing the script and reprising her role from the original film as maths teacher Ms Norbury.
In the original Mean Girls movie, Lohan played main character Cady Heron, who must navigate the ruthless hierarchy of American high school after years of homeschooling in Africa.
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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about bringing the stage musical to cinemas, producer Lorne Michaels explained why the new project exists on its own terms.
“It was about: How do we do the best of the musical, plus the best of the original?” he said.
“It isn’t a remake, it’s a new interpretation. It feels like a familiar enough story, but it’s for today.”
Reneé Rapp, who plays Regina George in the new Mean Girls movie, went on to comment: “There’s no version of my existence where Mean Girls wasn’t a reference or a cultural moment. I was watching it when I was 4.
“It’s been around for 20 years and it’s just as popping as it always was. You can’t avoid it because it’s such a pop-culture phenomenon.”
Rachel McAdams, who played Regina in the original film, was notably absent from a Mean Girls TV advertisement last year.
The Walmart commercial saw Lohan, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried returning as their respective characters from the movie.
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Quizzed by Variety why she wasn’t present as Regina, the Doctor Strange actress explained: “I don’t know. I guess I wasn’t that excited about doing a commercial if I’m being totally honest.
“A movie sounded awesome, but I’ve never done commercials, and it just didn’t feel like my bag.
“Also… I didn’t know that everyone was doing it. I would, of course, always love to be part of a Mean Girls reunion and hang with my Plastics, but yeah, I found that out later.”
Mean Girls has a January 12 release date in the US and will open on January 17 in the UK.
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