There is news that Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are to reunite in a sequel to the 80s cult classic mean girl movie Heathers. Although there is not a lot of info on the plot or the cast, we have a few suggestions for director Michael Lehman.
In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Ryder discussed two of her most famous roles—Susanna from Girl, Interrupted and more importantly, Veronica Sawyer from the 1988 high school flick Heathers:
"Whatever you hear, there is a sequel in the works. I swear to God," she told the magazine. "But for some reason the writer Dan Waters and director Michael Lehman don't want to talk about it. I've been wanting to do a sequel forever. There is a story, and Christian [Slater] has agreed to come back as a kind of Obi-Wan character."
For those unfamiliar (spoiler alert!), the original film takes place in Ohio, at a fictional high school where a group of mean girls, called "the Heathers," control the student body through their cruel pranks. Three of the girls in the popular clique are named Heather, and they are led by queen bee Heather Chandler. Ryder's character, the sarcastic Veronica, is part of the group, yet still somehow separate. She becomes bored of her life in the popular crowd, and with the help of a new student, J.D. (Slater), she begins to rebel against the tyranny of the ruling class. However, the charming J.D. is actually a violent sociopath with serious mommy issues: He goes on a murderous spree, killing not only two thirds of the Heathers, but also some random meathead jocks. Eventually, he moves on to plan a mass murder of the entire high school under the guise of a suicide pact.
The movie became a cult classic, and its not too hard to see why. It contains many of the same elements as a John Hughes film, yet with darker content. Heathers takes the revenge fantasies of every kid who has ever been tormented in high school by those who have been arbitrarily deemed popular and amps them up a notch, allowing us to enjoy watching the backstabbing and bullying of the popular crowd while simultaneously reveling in their downfall. We seem to have a cultural obsession with the bitchy, beautiful girls of high school, whose bad behavior is at once both condemned and celebrated. Is the continued fascination with the cruelty of teenagers because it's so universal, or because it somehow seems less real than the violence of the adult world?
Anyway, we're not sure whether to be excited about the return of Ryder and Slater, or afraid of the possibility that Heathers 2 will completely mangle all the things we once loved about the original. There are rumors that the movie will follow the surviving characters (which are Veronica Sawyer, Heather Duke, and Martha Dunnstock) into college and beyond. If Veronica goes to college, we expect it will be set at a big, preppy, Ivy-esque university, where she will come into contact with some snobby sorority girls. Although there is no mention of whether Shannon Doherty will be back to play Heather Duke, we hope that someone will fill in the role of the Moby Dick-obsessed teen.
As for casting, well, we know that Ryder will be back, hopefully playing Veronica, but here are a few mean girls we'd like to see on screen:
Leighton Meester. This one is a no brainer. Meester has already perfected her bitch face playing Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, so this would surely be an easy role for her.
Amanda Seyfried. She played the dumbest of Tina Fey's mean girls, and flexed her acting chops on HBO's Mormon drama Big Love, now lets see her bitch it out with Ryder.
Emily Blunt. It's no secret: we love Emily Blunt. After seeing her play a supercilious fashionista in The Devil Wears Prada, we're pretty sure she could take on the role of a collegiate bully.
As for the other characters, we think Maggie Gyllenhaal could be a great ally for Veronica in her quest to demolish social hierarchies. And although Slater is set to return as an "Obi-Wan character," we would like to nominate Ed Westwick as his Skywalker.
Now that we've had our say, what say you? Who would you like to see duke it out in Heathers 2? And are you looking forward to the sequel, or dreading the potentially disastrous outcome?