In 1983, Nicolas Cage got his first leading role in the movie Valley Girl. He played a punk who falls in love with a popular rich valley girl. The girl, Julie, struggles with her friends expectations as she tries to decide between the stuck up Tommy and Cage’s Randy. The comedy — loosely based on Romeo and Juliet — was made for only $350,000 and had a successful box office run, earning more than 50 times its budget.
Now Valley Girl is set to be remade. MGM announced the remake last November and the two leads have already been cast. Jessica Rothe (La La Land) is playing Julie and relative newcomer Josh Whitehouse has been cast as Randy. Directing the remake is Rebecca Lee Goldenberg and it is written by Amy Lee Talkington, with revisions by Marti Nixon. This time, the film will be a musical, inspired by the 1980s — the decade in which the first movie was made.
And now a number of young actors have joined the cast. According to Deadline, Chloe Bennet, Logan Paul, Jessie Ennis, and Ashleigh Murray will all be playing classmates of main character Julie.
Bennet is best known for her role as Sky/Daisy on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She’s been cast as one of the valley girls — Karen. It sounds like Karen is the top dog at her High School, ruling the other students as only the most popular girl in school can.
Murray, meanwhile, plays Josie McCoy on Riverdale, where she has often shown off the singing skills that she will be bringing to Valley Girl. Murray’s character is named Loryn and is also one of the popular girls. One who has a lot of energy and is very into the members of the opposite sex.
Logan Paul is a star of social media, who has managed to turn his YouTube channel into an acting career. He was recently in the YouTube movie The Following. In Valley Girl, he will play Mickey, the other guy vying for leading lady Julie’s heart. Mickey is a preppy tennis star, the complete opposite of punk Randy. And Jessie Ennis, known for her role on Better Call Saul, is playing Stacey. Friend to Julie, Stacey tries to balance being a good student with fitting into the Valley Girl world with her clothes and way of talking.
Valley Girl is scheduled to start filming next month — while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Riverdale are on hiatus. There is no release date at this time, but it will probably be released at some point in 2018. With the cast they have lined up, it sounds as though this movie will be a radical blast from the past.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays @10pm on ABC. Riverdale airs Thursdays @9pm on The CW.