A remake of She’s All That is coming…and it’s already found its star on TikTok.
Addison Rae, a Gen-Z starlet who rose to fame as a dancer on TikTok, will be taking on the 1999 classic starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook. You know, the movie about the problematic prom bet. The one where a girl takes off her glasses and ponytail and becomes instantly hot! Listen, we love it. (If you want to feel absolutely ancient, the social media star wasn’t even born when the original movie came out.)
Titled He’s All That, Variety reports that this adaptation will flip the gender-roles established in the original, with Rae taking on the Prinze Jr.’s role of the popular kid who makes over an outcast.
If you’re thinking that this sounds just a little bit familiar, you’d be correct. In fact, the same year She’s All That came out, so did Drive Me Crazy. In that movie, Melissa Joan Hart played a teenage girl who turns her nerdy childhood pal (Adrien Grenier) into cool kid material, all set to a Britney Spears soundtrack. It was sort of an Antz/A Bug’s Life situation.
Mark Waters, director of Mean Girls and Freaky Friday (itself a remake), is on board to direct the project. Plus, the original writer and producers of She’s All That is also set to return for the remake, so here’s hoping they can wrestle the original stars into cameos as well.
Online reactions to the news have been mixed, with some questioning whether Rae has the acting chops to carry a feature film (we’ll find out!) and others wondering if a remake is strictly necessary, especially when the original is arguably perfect.
But the thing is, this is one of the oldest stories in the Western canon. She’s All That is based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, which was based on a Greek myth. And Pygmalion was also adapted into the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. All of which is to say we will probably get a version of this movie every twenty years for the rest of our lives.
As one Twitter user put it, maybe “it’s still unnecessary but it’s the fun kind.”
Come to think of it, a normal teen turning into a Big Deal overnight used to be the stuff of 90s movie legend. Now, thanks to TikTok and Youtube, it seems to happen all the time. It happened to Addison Rae. At just 19 years old, she has 60 million followers on TikTok and reportedly takes home five million a year.
Maybe casting her as a trendy Svengali is absolutely brilliant.
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