Parenthood alumni Mae Whitman is getting into the musical genre with MGM’s musical remake of VALLEY GIRL, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project, helmed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg from a script by Amy Talkington, with revisions by Marti Noxon, is a musical take on the 1983 romantic comedy starring Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman.
Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse are taking on the lead roles of Julie and Randy, a valley girl and a bad boy who fall in love despite the odds. Whitman will co-star as a lesbian punk rocker who’s Randy’s best friend and bandmate.
The original film is a ripe concept for a musical take, given it was released not long after Frank Zappa’s song of the same name as well as the film’s ’80s soundtrack.
Also appearing in the film are Logan Paul, Jessie Ennis, Ashleigh Murray, and Chloe Bennet. Matt Smith is producing the project.
Whitman is best known for her roles in shows like Parenthood and Arrested Development, as well as the movies The DUFF and Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She’s repped by ICM.
Variety first reported the news.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor