There’s always a lot of controversy surrounding remakes of beloved movies we all know and love, and the new Mean Girls musical is no exception. The new trailer for the Gen-Z version of the hit 2000s classic finally came out this week and created a lot of commotion on social media.
Contrary to popular belief, the new version of Mean Girls isn’t a direct remake of the original movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. It’s actually based on the Broadway musical inspired by the beloved teen comedy, which scored 12 Tony nominations during its original run.
Unfortunately, this is hard to tell based on the trailer alone because it doesn’t feature any songs from the original musical. It’s instead set to the beat of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Get Him Back!” and seemingly hides the film’s true genre, probably because movie musicals often struggled at the box office in recent years.
Social media users also went crazy about the film’s logline “not your mother’s Mean Girls” and posted countless tweets about its badly photoshopped poster. Some felt that the cast of the new film, which includes Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Bebe Wood, Avantika Vandanapu, Christopher Briney, and Auliʻi Cravalho, doesn’t live up to the original.
They’ll have a chance to prove us wrong on January 12, 2024, when the new version of Mean Girls will officially hit the theaters.