Fans of Tina Fey’s 2004 comedy Mean Girls get ready; MTV reports that Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Jill Messick are all in talks to produce Mean Moms, a film that like Mean Girls, will be based on an advice book by Rosalind Wiseman with a ridiculously long, fear mongering title. (In case you’re now curious it’s called Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future.) The storyline will reportedly follow a “happily married mother of two who moves from small town America to the high class suburbs and is faced with confronting the cut throat world of competitive parenting.”
While no Mean Girls cast members are currently attached to the project, we couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like to revisit The Plastics ten years in the future. And in the event that those same girls were the Mean Moms in question, we’d like to offer up some casting suggestions.
Elizabeth Banks as Regina George
OK, so this might seem a little silly as Elizabeth Banks is only four years older than Rachel McAdams, who originally played Regina. But have you seen her as CNBC “Hot Box” host Avery Jessup on 30 Rock? She kills, and in many ways, she’s the spitting image of The Plastics’ Queen Bee, Regina. In fact, we’d argue that she actually looks more like a grownup version of McAdams than McAdams does.
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Gretchen Wieners
To portray Gretchen, the group’s self-obsessed rich girl, we need look no further than Lacey Chabert’s former Party of Five co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt. We always thought that they looked way more alike than Chabert and Neve Campbell, who played her sister on the show. Added bonus: They have the same big, secret-filled hair.
Christina Ricci as Karen Smith
Would Christina Ricci make a good dim-witted weather girl? We’re not sure, but we do think that she’s one of the only actresses around with eyes that are as buggy as Amanda Seyfried’s.
Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron
Come on. We’re willing to bet that even Lindsay herself would agree that she’s done enough to her body in the past five or so years to age her at least ten. Plus, what a fantastic comeback story that would make. And she’s already had practice playing a mom courtesy of a starring role in the 2009 made-for-TV movie, Labor Pains.
Janeane Garofalo as Janis Ian
While she was never one of The Plastics, Janis Ian was by far our favorite character in Mean Girls — shocking, we know. And she was once Regina’s best friend, which has to count for something. Assuming that she didn’t lose her edge in college, Janeane Garofalo is the grown-up version of Lizzy Caplan’s high school misfit. My, that was easy.