Smile 2 and new Mean Girls movie confirm 2024 release dates

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Smile 2, Mean Girls movie's 2024 release confirmedParamount

The sequel to 2022 horror smash Smile and the long-awaited movie musical adaptation of Mean Girls have both received 2024 US release dates.

Paramount has confirmed a release date of October 18, 2024 for its as-yet-untitled sequel to Smile – 2022's surprise horror hit (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The studio has similarly set a 2024 date for the musical movie adaptation of Mean Girls – though much earlier, as the plastics will be back on January 12, 2024.

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Mean Girls – which is a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical inspired by the 2004 film of the same name – was previously meant to be released on streaming service Paramount+, but now has been confirmed for a cinema release.

The film is set to star Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Jaquel Spivey and Reneé Rapp – as well as two stars from the original film, Tim Meadows and Tina Fey, the latter of whom is producing.

Mean Girls' musical reimagining has also cast The Office star Jenna Fischer and Busy Philipps (Dawson's Creek) to play the roles of Mrs Heron and Mrs George, respectively.

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Related: Smile star opens up about horror hit's dark ending

Smile, which follows the story of Dr Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) – a woman stalked by an evil entity that appears as people sinisterly smiling near to her – was an unexpected hit in 2022.

The film grossed $217 million globally against a $17 million budget, and was praised for its scares and twists.

Plot details – and indeed, a title – for Smile 2 are being kept under wraps for now, but given the unbreakable cycle of the film's central curse, and the distinctly dark ending of the first film, there are bound to be plenty more scares in store.

Mean Girls will be released January 12, 2024. Smile 2 will be released October 18, 2024

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