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Mean Girls star says new movie is an "addition" not a remake

Mean Girls' Angourie Rice has explained why the new musical movie is not a reboot.

20 years since Lindsay Lohan's original cult teen comedy sent 'You go Glen Coco!' into the pop-culture lexicon, fans can now enjoy Tina Fey's stage version in its cinematic form.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Rice, who plays Cady Heron, quoted her co-star Jaquel Spivey's remark on how this one is "more of a reimagining" than anything else.

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"We're not taking anything away from the versions of Mean Girls that already exist. It's an addition," she began.

"I also think that the main thing is that we all signed on to do this because we love Mean Girls so much. Everything in this comes from a place of loving the story, and loving the characters, and loving the world, and wanting to represent it in a different way that's fun and exciting and new – but also because we have so much admiration and love for the source material as well."

Christopher Briney, who plays Aaron Samuels, went on to concur: "I feel like a good reason to hate a movie is if it's just a shot-for-shot remake. Nobody wants that.

"But this, I would like to think exists totally separate from it. It's an acknowledgement of Mean Girls, and how we know Mean Girls, but it exists on its own. I hope people can appreciate it for that. It's not going to replace anything."

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As for how Rice approached the role originally played by Lohan, she noted its universal relatability.

"I think we all feel this insecurity when entering a new space," she said, referring to Cady's transition from homeschooling to public education. "We want to fit in, we want the cool people to like us. It doesn't matter whether that's in high school, or at a new job, or just in any social situation.

"In terms of making her my own – I mean, that story, I connected with so much. It was just about following the same process that I do with any character. And that's writing notes, and really tracking her journey in the script, and identifying the first time she tells a lie, and the first time she manipulates someone.

"It's really doing that homework, and doing the process, so that once I got to set on day one, I didn't have to worry about it. I didn't worry about making her too different, because I just trusted that it would be."

Mean Girls is released in the UK tomorrow (January 17), and is already out in US cinemas.

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