Paramount Famous Productions has begun principal photography on its latest motion picture, Mean Girls 2, in Atlanta, Georgia. Directed by Melanie Mayron, the long-awaited follow-up to the 2004 hit Mean Girls goes back to high school for more catty comedy with a cast that includes a host of young, up-and-coming talent.
The story revolves around a new high school student, Jo, who agrees to befriend an unpopular girl named Abby at the urging of Abby’s wealthy father in exchange for paying all of Jo’s costs for the college of her dreams. Jo and Abby team up to take on the school’s mean girls, “The Plastics.” The story becomes a high stakes battle of loyalty that ultimately comes to a head when one of our heroines finds out that her friendship has been bought and paid for.
Meaghan Jette Martin who previously starred in Camp Rock 1 & 2 and the ABC Family series “10 Things I Hate About You” will star as Jo and Jennifer Stone, known for her role as Harper Finkle on “Wizards of Waverly Place”, will co-star as the independent-minded Abby. Maiara Walsh of “Desperate Housewives” and “Cory in the House” also stars as mean girl Mandi, along with Nicole Gale Anderson (“Jonas”) and Claire Holt (“H2O: Just Add Water”) as the school’s ruling trio of “The Plastics.” Additional cast includes Latin pop star Diego Boneta (“Pretty Little Liars” and “90210”) as Tyler, Jo’s love interest and Tim Meadows (Grown Ups) who will reprise his role as the school’s principal, Mr. Duvall.
“Mean Girls 2 delivers more of the teen comedy that audiences loved in the original Mean Girls and we’re thrilled to have Melanie Mayron, the talented director and actress, at the helm,” said Louis Feola, President, Paramount Famous Productions. “This brand new story, with our great cast, takes a fresh and funny look at the pressures of high school friendships and the struggle to fit in with a whole new level of contemporary meanness that today’s audience will relate to.”
Mean Girls 2 is written by Cliff Ruby & Elana Lesser and Allison Schroeder and will debut in the first quarter of 2011.