TikTok star Addison Rae's film debut will bring a beloved '90s rom-com into the 21st century. In September 2020, Miramax announced Rae as the star of the studio's upcoming movie, He's All That, a gender-swapped version of the 1999 hit She's All That. Obviously, the new movie is a huge deal for everyone who's been following Rae on TikTok, as it will mark her first big acting gig, so here are all the details you need to know about He's All That, including its premiere date and cast, as well as the trailer.
In the original She's All That, Freddie Prinze Jr. played the most popular kid in high school who accepts a dare to make the school's outcast (Rachael Leigh Cook) into the prom queen. He's All That will mimic that same structure, except it will flip the genders. In the new movie, Rae will play the high school "it girl" akin to Prinze Jr.'s role, and Tanner Buchanan (Cobra Kai, Game Shakers) will be the unpopular guy who gets a makeover. The remake will also update what it means to be popular in high school from the jock-centric '90s to the social media age of the 2020s, as Rae's character is described as an influencer, a wink at her real-life persona.
Here's everything else we know about the film so far:
He's All That Premiere Date
The film was first announced in September 2020, and on March 17, 2021, it was announced that Netflix picked up the rights to the movie. On April 26, the cast shared a cute Instagram video announcing He's All That will premiere on the streamer on Aug. 27, 2021.
He's All That Trailer
On Aug. 4, 2021, Netflix released the trailer for the movie, along with the film’s logline:
In this reimagining of 1999's She's All That, teen social media influencer Padgett's humiliating on-camera breakup goes viral, leading her to make a risky bet to save her reputation: She swears she can turn scruffy antisocial Cameron into prom king material. But things get complicated when she finds herself falling for him IRL.
In addition to giving peeks at the new film, the trailer also pays homage to the iconic movie it’s reimagining. In addition to She’s All That star Rachel Leigh Cook playing Padgett’s mom, Cook’s co-star Matthew Lillard also makes an appearance in the trailer. To really drive home the nostalgia, a remix of the song “Kiss Me” (which iconically plays in She’s All That) is the soundtrack to this trailer.
And hello? Are we gonna talk about Kourtney Kardashian’s brief, seemingly unnecessary cameo? IDC what you think about Rae’s foray into acting or Hollywood’s obsession with rebooting movies that aren’t even that old yet — this trailer slaps.
He's All That Cast
As mentioned, the two leads of He's All That will be Addison Rae as the popular influencer and Tanner Buchanan as the school outcast.
The rest of the cast is stacked with up-and-coming talent, including Myra Molloy, Madison Pettis, Peyton Meyer, Isabella Crovetti, Annie Jacob, and Andrew Matarazzo. Molloy and Pettis will play friends of Rae's character, with Meyer playing the jerky boyfriend. Matarazzo will play the best friend of Meyer's character, and Crovetti and Jacob will play the little sister and best friend of Buchanan's character, respectively.
One of the most surprising cast members will be none other than Kourtney Kardashian. The famous reality star is besties with Rae, and confirmed she will cameo in the film by posting a snap of herself reading the script. The movie's Instagram account confirmed she will play a character named Jessica Miles Torres. This will mark Kardashian's acting debut in a major motion picture.
Also as mentioned, while most of the cast in the remake is full of new faces, He's All That will also bring back the star of the original She's All That. Rachael Leigh Cook will appear in the new movie as the mother of Rae's character. Cook starred in the original film as the artsy outcast Laney Boggs. Matthew Lillard — who played Brock in the original — will also appear in some capacity.
He's All That Filming News
Production on He's All That began in the middle of November. Rae marked the occasion by posting to her Instagram Story about her first day on set. Several of Rae's co-stars also posted photos from the set, celebrating the start of filming. In mid-December, Rae confirmed on Instagram that the film had entered its final week of filming.
In an April 14 Bustle profile, Rae opened up about how she hopes her film debut will earn her more respect from the general public. "From a public standpoint, I think people do tend to find it hard to take people like me seriously," she said. "I’m willing to prove how seriously I do take things... It’s something I’m willing to keep working at and hopefully really proving myself to these people."
Rae also revealed she used method acting to really nail her He's All That role, asking her friends and family to only refer to her by her character's name, Padgett, even when she was not filming.
He's All That will also feature plenty of romance, and according to Rae, one of the funniest behind-the-scenes moments involved "warming up" to the idea of kissing Buchanan. "It was weird for me because I've never had to do [an onscreen kiss] before," she said at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 16.
Later that night, they proved just how comfortable they've gotten recently by sharing a passionate smooch while presenting the award for Best Kiss, which went to Outer Banks stars Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline. If this is any indication of what the movie will be like, I am ready.
He's All That premieres on Netflix on Aug. 27.
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