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. Lillie

    miley should definitely play jenny! She’s totally the best choice. There were a few characters not mentioned and will they be in the movie? Dylan sprouse should play Marc. How long will it take until the movie will be started and finished? I’m dying to see it! :] :] :]

  2. brown bear

    no way!!!!we can’t let miley or selena because there just not natrul and 30 year old brittney and 7 year old twins, no!!!!ashly tinsdale totally not!!!!this movie is got to get better than this why not just use middle schoolers?????and 1 other thing use judy in fred as addie:~)BTW i love these books!!!!!!!!addie is cool right???:~)

  3. frances

    no way!!!!!!if we let miley be in the movie or selena because just think this is going to be bad with them also 30 year old brittney and 7 year old twins????o and ashly tinsdale absulutly not!!!!why not some1 good??but this is going to be awesome just not brittney.

  4. janvi

    i think that jennette mcurdy should be addie miranda cosgrove should be dana and i think nathan kress should be marc

  5. Violet

    Selena Gomez should be Jenny. Dylan Sprouse(so cute)should be Marc. Haley Williams should be Chole. Reese Witherspoon should be Addie.

  6. PENNY!!!!!

    Selena Gomez would be great at the role of Jenny!!!!!!!! I think Tiffany Thorton should play Addie Wilson.

  7. Dramaqueen123

    Hellooooo! They are all like what 18 or 19!
    I mean they are supposed to be in 6th grade!!
    No offense

  8. Sophia

    i probably would think that Selena gomez would do the best as jenny mcafee in the movie. luv everyone else, tho

  9. Sarah223

    I think all of these people are way to old to play sixth and seventh graders. Most of these people are over seventeen, I would rather have younger people that I could relate to.

  10. a

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO A MOVIE THEN YOU MAKE THE PEOPLE IN THE MOVIE MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE NOT SOME BODY WHO IS IN COLLEDGE! None of the actors are good, not saying I do not like them or anything. But really for example Jenny should be some one like 11 years old. PLEASE PEOPLE YOU ARE GOING TO RUIN THE HOLE MOVIE make the actors younger thanks