Jennifer Aniston may have just found her next funny role. The star is reportedly eyeing a part in Mean Moms, an upcoming female-driven comedy described as the grown-up version of 2004’s Mean Girls.
Like its teenage-themed counterpart, Mean Moms will be adapted from an advice book written by Rosalind Wiseman. Whereas Mean Girls was inspired by Wiseman’s Queen Bees And Wannabes, the new flick will be based on her other parenting tome, Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, And Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future.
According to Deadline, Mean Moms will follow the story of a happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high-class suburbs and finds that she must suddenly deal with the cutthroat world of competitive parenting. Aniston has reportedly not officially signed a deal for the film just yet, but is seriously considering taking on the project. It remains unclear who exactly the actress would play or whether her character will be a “queen bee” (like Mean Girls’s Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams) or the target of a queen bee (like Lindsay Lohan’s Cady Heron).
Sean Anders and John Morris, who previously teamed up on the comedies Hot Tub Time Machine, We’re The Millers, and Dumb and Dumber To, wrote the most recent draft of the script, per Deadline. Anders, who directed this year’s Will Ferrell-starring Daddy’s Home, will also helm the flick. Should Aniston sign on, the project would reunite her with the filmmaker after the two previously collaborated on 2013’s We’re the Millers and last year’s Horrible Bosses 2. Meanwhile, Mean Girls executive producer Jill Messick is producing alongside Offspring Entertainment partners Jennifer Gibgot (17 Again) and Adam Shankman (The Last Song, Step Up Revolution).
Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters, was a hit at the time of its debut, garnering $129 million at the box office against a budget of $17 million. The teen comedy has also since developed a cult following. Whether a similarly themed, more adult version of the film will be able to replicate that same success remains to be seen, although a cast with big names like Aniston could certainly put it off to a strong start.
For Aniston, Mean Moms would mark a return to comedy after the actress earned lots of public attention for showing off her more dramatic acting chops in last year’s Cake. Her performance in the film was well-received among critics and earned her nominations at both the Screen Actors Guild awards and the Golden Globes.
Mean Moms could be a good match for Aniston, should she choose to board the film. The actress has started moving away from her usual rom-coms in recent years and taking more out of-the-box comedic roles, like her slightly disturbing, sex-obsessed character in the black comedy franchise Horrible Bosses and her lead in the crime comedy Life of Crime.
We’ll have to stay tuned to see whether she adds Mean Moms to her resume too. The developing movie is reportedly targeting a summer production start date, so a decision will likely be made sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Aniston is next set to appear on the big screen in this August’s She’s Funny That Way.