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.

View complete list of Jenny Mcfee considerations »

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. Sophia

    Aren’t Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez too old for middle school? I think ELizabeth McLaughin should be Jenny and Bridigt Mendeler Addie.

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  2. teyah

    Okay, here’s my cast:
    Jenny: selena gomez
    Addie: ashely tisdale
    Chloe:Jasmine Richards
    Marc: Mitchell Musso.
    Liza: dokota fanning
    Josh: Nathan Kress.
    Marilyn/Carolyn:milly and becky rosso Sam: Bonnie Wright.
    Felicia: Alyson Stoner.
    Rachel: Jennette McCurdy.
    Dana: Elizabth McLaughlin.
    Claire: Brenda Song.
    Sabrina: Emma Roberts.
    Maya: Demi Levato.
    Jeffery: Josh Hutcherson.
    Aaron: Jake T. Austin.
    Spencer: Ryan Ochoa.
    Mrs. Jaffe:Susan Sarandon

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  3. jackiw

    Okay, here’s my cast:
    Jenny: selena gomez
    Addie: ashely tisdale
    Chloe:Jasmine Richards
    Marc: Mitchell Musso.
    Liza: dokota fanning
    Josh: Nathan Kress.
    Marilyn/Carolyn: Colleen and Suzanne Dengel.
    Sam: Bonnie Wright.
    Felicia: Alyson Stoner.
    Rachel: Jennette McCurdy.
    Dana: Elizabth McLaughlin.
    Claire: Brenda Song.
    Sabrina: Emma Roberts.
    Maya: Demi Levato.
    Jeffery: Josh Hutcherson.
    Aaron: Jake T. Austin.
    Spencer: Ryan Ochoa.
    Mrs. Jaffe:Susan Sarandon .

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  4. 467476mlr13

    I think its a great idea. I love the books. I hope it all works out. I also agree with kaylee’s comment on June16,2009

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  5. Haylee

    Where is Josh, Rachel, Maya, Claire, Liza, and Sabrina they are all important parts in the book! You should totally turn these into movies! I love these books! but you should use real middle schooler………. miley cyrus as jenny just would ruin the movie you have to use real middle schooler or else its just not the same

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  6. someone whose a girl

    i think that making a movie is cool. there are a lot of people missing though, in the cast. i don’t care for miley cyrus. even though she has good looks, she is already famous and this is supposed to be about MIDDLE SCHOOLERS, not high schoolers. plus, it’s not like it’s the 8th grade or anything, it’s 6th! If selena gomez and ashley tisdale grew younger by a few years, i think that THEY should be jenny and addie.

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  7. sassygirl313

    I read the book into the wood and it was great! I already love the series! I also like the kimani tru series. Also, Bonnie Wright would be perfect 2 play Sam. I wish casting would come to Connecticut cuz I would luv to be in that movie! when is it going to come in theaters?

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  8. jasmine

    i think hanna montana is dum beacuse alot of people go to her concerts so i personaly think they should take of her concerts and please do not take off the tv show

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  9. Laura

    there isn’t a movie out yet,ashley, and also i had a good idea- Victoria Justice would also be really good as Chloe,wouldn’t she?

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  10. ashley

    i am such a big fan of middle school survival i am so glad there is a movie.
    Jenny Mcfee – Selena Gomez
    Addie Wilson -Ashley Tisdale
    Marc – Cole Sprouse

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  11. Kyndall

    I think Selena as Jenny Ashley as Addie
    I think the rest are alll very well considered i hope they make a movie of this i would soooooo die i luv these books

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  12. Paige

    I think i would be perfect for the roll of Claire or the leader. I never read the books but i will because i am getting it from a catalouge. But whoever the leader of the pops is i think (in my opinion) i would be pefect for the roll of Claire or the leader. TTYL!!! ;)

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  13. blablabla13

    i think that this is great, i wish you can make the movie into shows becuse there are series but movie is also no problem.have a good day peeps

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  14. ilikechz

    evena lynch should play lisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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