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. Katie

    I agree with all of them, EXCEPT for the role of Jenny. I believe that, instead of Miley Cyrus, it should be cast to Selena Gomez. Miley Cyrus has been through so many movies and shows, it’s time to let another pro, that hasn’t been shown as much, to have the spotlight this time!!

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  2. Tina

    i honestly think that they should be casting people that actually ARE in middle school cus they know more about being i middle school cus like all these people are like 18 years old at the least so what the heck? It just wouldnt make sense at all

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  3. Jennifer =D

    I love it except Miley changed wayyyy to much, it should be Selena and what about all her friends? Is this movie even gonna come out?

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  4. Caitlin

    Here’s my cast!
    Jenny: Rhiannon Leigh Wryn
    Addie: Tiffany Dion
    Marilyn/Carolyn: Amy & Emily Walton
    Chloe: China Anne McClain
    Ms. Jaffe: Mindy Sterling
    Maya: Willow Smith
    Liza: Noah Cyrus
    Felicia: MacKenzie Brooke Smith
    Rachel: Bella Thorne
    Mark: Carlon Jeffery
    Elena: Elle Fanning
    Sam: Chloe Moretz
    Josh: Jake Short
    Spencer: Davis Cleveland
    Dana: MacKenzie Foy
    Sabrina: Shyann McClure
    Claire: Addy Miller

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  5. t

    hi- i think selena gomez as jenny and ashley tisdale as addie they are perfect for the characters they fight right in. like selena goes to school and deals with the same things and ashley just perfectly fits for addie. both stars have been in many movies and should earn this fantastic spotlight. but no matter what i will always think this. i dont think miley is a good romodel for others and she wouldnt fit in for the roll of jenny. thanks for reading my idea!

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