May 13, 2009

Now Casting: How I Survived Middle School

Mss_130About a month ago on the Middle School Survival site in the Top Ten section, we asked you who should play Jenny and Addie in a movie based on the How I Survived Middle School series. The results were pretty unanimous, which was surprising:

Jenny Mcfee (Cast by YOU!)
Miley_130 #1 choice: Miley Cyrus

I agree — Miss Miley would be perfect for this role because not only does she look a little bit like Jenny, but she also deals with all the hardships one faces at school on a daily basis on her hit show, Hannah Montana.

Selina_gomez_130 #2 choice: Selena Gomez
Like Miley, Selena is constantly thinking of clever ways to deal with her school problems (on the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place). Plus, she is also moving quickly up the celebrity ladder, so we'd better snag her while we have the chance.

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Addie Wilson (Cast by YOU!)
#1 choice: Ashley Tisdale
All I have to say is, "bravo" to the users who submitted Ashley Tisdale as their top choice to play Addie Wilson. Ashley already has this in the bag after starring as Sharpay in the High School Musical films. This role should be a cinch!

#2: Britney Spears
Britney Spears would be a bit too old for the role of Addie, but after watching her on How I Met Your Mother and Will & Grace, I'm sure Britney could pull if off. However, if she's too busy with her world tour, maybe her sister Jamie Lynn could fill in.

View complete list of Addie Wilson considerations »

Of course, there are a few characters that still need to be cast. So here's how I would round out the crew:

Haley Williams of Paramore as Chloe
Though she's not an actress and has never appeared in a movie or television show, Haley Williams can definitely perform. After seeing this Paramore lead singer in interviews and performances, I think Haley would fit this role as Jenny's friend quite well due to his fun demeanor and easygoing personality.

Cole or Dylan Sprouse as Marc
These Suite Life of Zack and Cody stars would be a shoe-in for the role of Marc. Funny, outgoing, and friendly, either one of these actors would have no problem pulling off this character. Now, which one would I cast . . . that's a hard one!

Emily Osment as Felicia
As Hannah Montana's comedic best friend, Emily Osment already has this role down. Plus she has such a friendly and welcoming appearance that she could never be cast as "a pop."

Miranda Cosgrove as Dana
Sure you love Miranda Cosgrove in Nickelodeon's iCarly, but this talented actress also played the stuck-up and demanding girl in the movie School of Rock (2003) and the annoying and scheming sister on Drake and Josh, so I'm sure she'll have no problem acting as Addie's cruel and popular friend.

Colleen and Suzanne Dengel as Marilyn and Carolyn
You may not have heard of these girls, but they starred alongside famed actress Meryl Streep as her daughters in the 2006 hit movie Devil Wears Prada. Not only are they middle-school age, but they also fit the prerequisite of being identical twins.

Emma Roberts as Sabrina
This actress has the skills down to play one of the unkind, popular girls in How I Survived Middle School. Though she is probably one of the most down-to-earth young actresses in Hollywood, like her aunt Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts can take on any part she is given and succeed.

Bonnie Wright as Sam
Have you happen to hear of a little series called Harry Potter? Well, if you have, then you've probably both read the books and seen the movies. This actress, Bonnie Wright, plays Ginny Weasley. Given her well-established acting credentials and the fact that she already has a British accent (right, she's from England), she'd be perfect for the role of Sam.

Susan Sarandon as Ms. Jaffe
She is probably one of the greatest actresses of all time. If you don't know who she is from her name, you might recognize her as Queen Narissa from the Disney movie Enchanted. Susan Sarandon has been in just about any type of movie you can imagine; from comedy to drama to action, she's done it all. This is the reason I pick her to star as Ms. Jaffe, Joyce Kilmer Middle School's strict and tough English teacher.

So, do you all agree with my choices? If not, who would you pick?

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

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  1. kaylee

    liza – debbie ryan
    rachel- jennifer stone
    josh – josh hutcherson
    claire – nicole anderson
    maya – breanda song

  2. Bella

    What about Rachel,Liza,Josh Sabrina, Claire and Maya? Rachel and Liza are good friends to Jenny. Josh is just as important as Marc plus he’s Felicia’s boyfriend. And Clair, Maya, Sabrina, Dana and Addie all make up the pops!

  3. Taylor

    I love these books!!! I think those choices are great! Especially the one about Ashley Tisdale playing Addie!! :)

  4. alli

    what about josh racheal and liza they are very important i mean jost is felica;s boyfriend racheal is jennys best friend from elementery school and liza is her best friend from middle school!

  5. Hannah

    i think that selena gomez should play jenny cuz she seem like a person that can be quiet but miley would be good for jenny too all these characters ar good and it is missing some characters

  6. kendall

    the people who play the characters should be middle school age only. P.S. Miley should NOT play Jenny that would ruin the whole movie.

  7. Jada

    That was a great review! I have read some books in that series and have really enjoyed them a lot. The one that I liked best was the one called “The New Girl.” I have also read “P.S. I Really Like You,” and that was very good, too. Right now I am reading one called “Cheat Sheet.” It is so far very good, but I am only on Chapter #3. I hope that the public library here has the rest of the series so that I can read those books! (Oh, and if you’ve noticed, I am not reading them in order because somebody already had the first one checked out of the library and I don’t own them.)

  8. 161cookiesandcream

    I think that dylan or cole sprouse should play spencer. (spencer is liza’s little brother)

  9. snapgirl

    Bonnie Wright as Sam…of course, yeah very cool…good choice… i saw all her videos on Youtube… she’s a real talent, really…I wasn’t aware of her as Ginny Weasley until I saw Chamber of Secrets again…she’s cute
    Not so many knew Bonnie Wright was on Disney’s Season 2 The Replacement as Vanessa and I was like, wow. i never knew she sounds like that..really cool and on Stranded too as Sarah…

  10. TakeMyHand

    I personnally like Bonnie Wright… gee, very seldom knows that Bonnie Wrigh is a real talent.. she let her voice borrowed for
    Disney’s season 2 opening of The Replacement as Vanessa

  11. Hope111

    Miley or Slena would be perfect though I think Selena would be better. Britney as Addie- no way! She’s too old. Ashley is good maybe that girl who plays Kate Saunders in Lizzie Mcguire would be good too.BTW, If there ever was a real TV show of HISMS series, I would audition for Jenny. I do look a bit like her.

  12. Isabella

    This would be awesome! Why DON’T they make this book into a TV show? Selena Gomez would be good as Jenny because of her personality. Miley could be because of her looks.

  13. Hamstergirl10

    I really think that Haley Williams would rock if she were Chloe. My friends and I already think she rocks. Also, Miley Cyrus would be great as Jenny.
    Hamstergirl10 ;)

  14. Emma

    I defentaly think that Cole or Dylan Sprouse should play Marc! I am such a big fan of the books and Dylan could play Marc really well!!!