Disney is bringing back the beloved family comedy Freaky Friday for a sequel, and it looks like they’ve found their new young star. According to an industry insider, 14-year-old actress Julia Butters is in talks to join the cast.

The original Freaky Friday was a huge hit in 2003, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as a stressed-out mom (Tess Coleman) and Lindsay Lohan (Anne Coleman) as her rebellious teenage daughter.

A still from Freaky Friday
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in a still from Freaky Friday (Credits: Walt Disney Pictures)

One day, the two find themselves magically trapped in each other’s bodies. This lets them see what life is like from the other’s perspective. By the end, they understand each other a whole lot better. The film was based on a popular children’s book of the same name and also inspired a TV sequel in 2006.

Julia Butters Cast in Freaky Friday Sequel

Julia Butters with Leonardo DiCaprio in a still Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Julia Butters with Leonardo DiCaprio in a still from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Credits: Sony Pictures)

While Disney has yet to officially confirm the casting news, The Insneider reported that Julia Butters is in prime position to land the lead role in Freaky Friday sequel. She is no stranger to the big screen, having impressed audiences with her acting chops in Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The LA native has also starred as Claire in Ryan Gosling‘s The Gray Man, as Reggie Fabelman in Michelle WilliamsThe Fabelmans, and as Anna-Kat Otto in American Housewife. 

Besides this, while the official cast hasn’t been finalized, sources (as reported by Deadline) say there’s a good chance of seeing some familiar faces return. Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the uptight mom Tess Coleman, is reportedly in talks to reprise her role.

And of course, Lindsay Lohan, who stole the show as the rebellious teenager Anna Coleman, is also being eyed to return. Director Nisha Ganatra, known for her work on the film Late Night, is on board to helm the project.

What to Expect from the Freaky Friday Sequel?

A still from Freaky Friday (Credits: Walt Disney Pictures)
A still from Freaky Friday (Credits: Walt Disney Pictures)

Plot details for Freaky Friday 2 are still under wraps, but fans can expect a fresh take on the classic story. It’s still unclear if the film will be released in theaters or on Disney+. The original Freaky Friday was a big hit, making over $160 million (via Box Office Mojo) worldwide. With streaming becoming so popular, Disney might choose to release it online for viewers at home.

The original Freaky Friday resonated with audiences of all ages. It showed how parents and kids don’t always understand each other, but they can always learn to appreciate each other more. Now, as there’s a sequel coming out with a super talented young actress, looks like it will be just as fun as the first one.

Watch Freaky Friday on Disney+.

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