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The Freaky Friday sequel is finally happening and we have the first pics

The mother-daughter drama is back!
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It’s official – Freaky Friday is finally getting a long-awaited sequel. 

Sharing the first behind-the-scenes snaps to social media, stars Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed that production is officially underway, with the film anticipated to hit cinemas early next year.

In exciting news for fans of the 2003 film, stars Mark Harmon and Chad Michael Murray have also signed on to reprise their role alongside Freaky Friday newcomers Manny Jacinto, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Sophia Hammons, and Julia Butters.

Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis outside their Freaky Friday 2 trailers.
Anna and Tess are back! (Credit: Instagram)

News of the film’s production comes just over three months since Lindsay confirmed that the duo would be returning to reprise their roles as Anna and Tess Coleman, telling Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show, “We’re both excited. I’m going to speak for Jamie.”

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Our first look at Chad on set! (Credit: Disney )

According to previous reports by Rolling Stone, the latest instalment won’t stray too far from the original concept, with the storyline looking to expand upon the 1976, 1995, and 2003 film adaptations. The sequel will also bring on Elyse Hollander as screenwriter, with Welcome to Chippendales Nisha Ganatra now confirmed to direct the production.

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan starred in the 2003 version of Freaky Friday. (Credit: Getty)

While we’re all excited to hear the latest news that the sequel is underway, it’s not the first time fans have heard whispers of a return to the iconic flick. 

In 2022, Jaime Lee Curtis hinted that a sequel to the cult classic may be on the cards almost two decades after the film was originally released.

A firm favourite, the Disney movie was a remake of the original (and equally iconic) 1976 film of the same name and saw Curtis star opposite then-teen actress Lindsay Lohan, their characters famously swapping bodies on a rather freaky, but round hilarious Friday. 

At the time of release, the 2003 remake grossed $160m worldwide and earned Curtis a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

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Both Jamie Lee and Lindsay will be returning to reprise their roles in the mother-daughter switch. (Credit: Getty)

Curtis revealed during an appearance on the US talk show The View that she has routinely been pitching sequel ideas to Disney, and was hoping one day a second film would be made.  

“I’ve already written to Disney, my friends at Disney,” Curtis previously said.  “Creatively I am wide open…Bring it”. 

When pressed on what story fans could expect from a potential sequel, Curtis said she was keen to step into the role of a grandma.

“Let me be the grandma, let me be the old grandma who switches places,” Crtis added at the time.

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Fans are eagerly awaiting the 20-year cinematic reunion. (Credit: Getty)

Curtis, now 65 to Lohan’s 37, previously also revealed that she was still in regular contact with her onscreen daughter, receiving a string of text messages from Lohan whilst in Mexico City during the promotion of Halloween Ends, her final reprisal of horror movie heroine Laurie Strode.

And it seemed Curtis couldn’t put to rest those rumours of a sequel, previously revealing at the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiere that she would be on board to work with Lindsay again. 

“There would be nothing I would love more, honestly, than to be able to work with her again, share our time again, and now be able to share it at this age with both of us 20 years older, or whatever we are,” Curtis, told People at the time.

“We’re talking,” Curtis insisted, when asked about the Freaky Friday sequel, “There’s a lot of good talk going on.”

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