Rachel McAdams, beloved star of the 2004 cult classic film “Mean Girls”, made a shocking unannounced appearance on Saturday Night Live last night. McAdams crashed the show to formally pass the torch to up-and-coming Broadway star Renée Rapp, who is leading the cast of the new Mean Girls musical.
Surprise Cameo Wows Audience
McAdams emerged on stage during the SNL episode hosted by actor Jacob Elordi to introduce Rapp’s musical performance of “Not My Fault” from the Mean Girls musical. Her sudden cameo earned thunderous applause and cheers from the studio audience, who were clearly delighted by the unexpected A-list guest star.
“I’m so excited to be here to introduce the super talented Renée Rapp singing ‘Not My Fault’ from the musical Mean Girls,” McAdams announced to the screaming crowd.
The iconic actress looked glamorous in a pink dress and heels, channeling her legendary “Mean Girls” role of Regina George. McAdams’ cameo marks the first time the stars of the Mean Girls film and musical have publicly crossed over.
Passing the Torch to a New Generation
Rapp earned rave reviews as the new Regina George in the Mean Girls musical on Broadway. So it was a poignant full circle moment to have McAdams literally pass the torch and bless the new Regina George on national television.
“I think she’s perfect. She’s like a young me!” McAdams proclaimed as Rapp took the SNL stage.
Rapp then blew away the audience with a fiery performance of the musical’s act two showstopper song “Not My Fault”, which features the lyrics “It’s not my fault you all expected me to become a decent human being!” Fans were thrilled to see the franchise stars publicly connecting for the first time.
Megan Thee Stallion Joins High School Throwback Fun
But that’s not all – global pop superstar Megan Thee Stallion also crashed Rapp’s SNL musical act. Halfway through “Not My Fault”, Megan emerged to trade verses with Rapp and bring some added star power to the Mean Girls throwback moment.
“Megan and Renée twinning in pink was such an iconic surprise,” raved one fan on Twitter. “A perfect combo!”
The two talented stars – one a multi-platinum Grammy winner and the other a rising Broadway ingenue – meshed their styles seamlessly. They delivered sexy choreography and vocal runs to the climactic Mean Girls anthem.
Buzz Builds Around Movie Musical Adaptation
Rapp’s breakout SNL moment arrives amid rising buzz around a possible movie adaptation of the Mean Girls musical. The viral social media crossover has sparked renewed calls amongst fans for Paramount to greenlight a film sequel.
With McAdams returning to the fold to pass the torch, a movie musical crossover with Rapp as the new Regina seems inevitable. The mega-watt SNL cameo only builds intrigue and hunger for more Mean Girls content with the stars of both beloved adaptations.
McAdams herself hinted she’d reprise her role to join a musical film, telling press:
“I’ve heard rumblings about it becoming a movie musical and I would absolutely make a cameo appearance in that!”
SNL Delivers All-Time High Ratings
Thanks in large part to the buzzy cameos, last night’s “Saturday Night Live” episode scored record high ratings. Achieving a 7.2 overnight household rating, it became the show’s highest rated episode in over 15 years.
Clearly audiences turned out in droves to see if Sunday’s viral cameo rumors would manifest into reality. The episode also trended number one worldwide on Twitter for several hours – proving the undying popularity of the Mean Girls franchise.
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What’s Next for the Mean Girls Universe?
As demands grow louder for a Mean Girls movie musical adaptation following last night’s electric SNL moment, the big question is – what’s next?
Speculation is swirling that Paramount executives are meeting early this week to discuss greenlighting a musical film sequel. One insider said:
“The social buzz was so intense around McAdams and Rapp finally uniting on SNL. There were over 2 million posts overnight demanding a movie crossover sequel.”
“Paramount would be foolish not to strike while the iron is hot. A movie musical crossover with McAdams reprising her role and passing the baton the Rapp seems like a surefire box office smash.”
Of course, McAdams would need to sign onto the project alongside Rapp. But following her enthusiastic endorsement of Rapp as the “young me” last night, another big screen appearance feels imminent.
Rapp also hinted at a possible movie sequel in recent interviews:
“It’s my dream to one day film Mean Girls: The Musical Movie with Rachel making an appearance!”
Events are certainly trending in that direction following last night’s viral pop culture explosion on SNL. Whether more Mean Girls content comes to the screen or stage, one thing seems inevitable – Rapp is cementing her status as the new Regina George for generations to come. McAdams’ blessing surely ushers in an exciting new era.
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