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.

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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. Jenny

    Miley or Selena would be great for the role of Jenny but I personally think I should get the part. I look a lot like Jenny, my personality’s the same, and my name’s even Jenny!

  2. emma

    i think they should get unknown people but jennette mcgurdy would be good as addie and miranda would b good as dana

  3. Cecilia

    i no hisms is great. if emily osment dyed her hair, she’s make a gr8 addie.
    now moved on to european dances- thandsmore, inkspolt, and osmentyn

  4. Laura

    I don’t know about hayley williams playing chloe i looked at her wikipedia page and found out she was 20! so here are my choices for the part of chloe:
    1.Ashley Argota.
    2.Alyson Stoner.
    3.Hayden Pannetiere

  5. Cecilia

    gr8 series! can’t write much b/c i have 2 do my african dance project. i have to cover the dances zakodakodi, boulchent, ellezabesh, iuyiiutt, endigail, and aclumpf

  6. Leah

    my cast:
    Jenny: Abigail Breslin
    Felicia:Debbie Ryan
    Marilyn and Carolyn:Camilla and Rebecca Rosso
    Chloe:Jennette McCurdy
    Liza: Miranda Cosgrove
    Rachel: Dakota Fanning
    Sam:Bonnie Wright
    Addie:Ellen Marlow
    Marc:Logan Lerman
    Josh: josh hutcherson
    i think the books should be a tv show i know i would watch it!

  7. emily

    i totally think they should release a movie and alyssa is right you forgot WAY to many people. and zoe is kinda right. u need people the same age

  8. Alyssa

    You forgot like 8 people. You need her brother, two of her friends. Felicia’s boyfriend, some of the pops and Jenny’s mom.

  9. Zoe

    WHAT?!?!?! This is absolutely dumb!!! They cannot get a thirty year old (Brittany Spears) and then 8 year olds (The Dengel twins) to play Addie and Marylin and Carylin!!!!!! Wow, if this really comes out as a movie, I’d love to see this train wreck!! And, why can’t they get new people??