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. a

    If you are going to make a movie you have to have commen sense…you make the actors middle school age and thats the end of it!

  2. nearly-headless sophia

    OMG!!!!!!!!! Arianda Grande would ROCK for Rachel! The guy who plays Robby in Victorious would be awsome for Mark or Josh becausethey are bigest nerds i’ve ever seen!

  3. nearly-headless sophia

    ok so i heard they were selling dounuts at taco bell so i went there and there wasn’t any!!!!! who is the mischievious mischif maker!!!!!

  4. a

    I think the actors have to totally be middke school age or else the movie will not be that great make the actor be like 12 years old.

  5. tina

    jenny=selena gomez
    addie=ashley tisdale
    marc=cole sprouse
    felcia=emily osement
    rachel=victoria justice
    josh=david henry
    liza=nicole anderson
    dana=miranda cosgove
    sam=bonnie wright
    claire=chelsea stubb
    maya=megan martin
    sabrina=bridget meandler
    marylin and carolyn=collen and suzanne dengal
    chloe=haley willams

  6. Elizabeth

    I think Selena Gomez would be good for this role, because she looks a bit like Jenny, and she would be great for the part. Considering all of the bad things Miley has done, I would not reccomend her being in the movie.

  7. Kristina

    I LOVE the book and I think that it should be…
    Josh:Drake Bell
    Mark:Logan Henderson
    Jenny:Victoria Justice
    Felicia:Selena Gomez
    Rachel:Ariana Grande
    Marilyn and Carolyn:
    Camilla Rosso and Rebecca Rosso
    Addie:Ashley Tisdale
    Dana:Demi Lovato
    Claire:Nicole Anderson
    Chloe:Miranda Cosgrove

  8. hannah

    could i possibly audition? i want to be an actress. i’m only in 8th grade, but i am currently studting to be one.

  9. Natalie

    Okay, here’s my cast:
    Jenny: Madeline Carroll.
    Addie: Adair Tishler.
    Chloe: Ashley Argo-ta.
    Marc: Mitchell Mussy.
    Liza: Sammi Handicraft.
    Josh: Nathan Cress.
    Marilyn/Carolyn: Colleen and Suzanne Dengel.
    Sam: Bonnie Wright.
    Felicia: Alyson Stoner.
    Rachel: Jennette McCurdy.
    Dana: Elizabeth McLaughlin.
    Claire: Brenda Song.
    Sabrina: Emma Roberts.
    Maya: Demi Lovato.
    Jeffery: Josh Hutchinson.
    Aaron: Jake T. Austin.
    Spencer: Ryan Ochoa.
    Mrs. Janifer: Mindy Sterling.

  10. 51dotfeg

    Ok On this Supposition most of the Disney channel stars would probably play as the Characters in this series of books. One after another would come well with this “Play off” it is a great idea to think of this!