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John Tucker Must Die 2: Confirmation, Cast & Everything We Know

Summary

  • John Tucker Must Die 2
    is confirmed to be in development, and the script is reportedly already complete.
  • The original cast is set to return for the sequel, according to producer and star Arielle Kebbel.
  • Story details for the sequel remain a mystery, but it could involve a reunion of the original characters.



The underrated 2000s teen comedy John Tucker Must Die is getting a sequel nearly two decades later, and there are already a ton of exciting details about John Tucker Must Die 2. Debuting in 2006, John Tucker Must Die concerns three teenage girls from different high school cliques who team up to get revenge against their mutual ex-boyfriend, the eponymous John Tucker. Eschewing common romantic comedy tropes of the time, John Tucker Must Die invested in its character-driven humor for a film that exists as a perfect time capsule to the year it was released.

Unfortunately, the film was summarily lambasted by critics and derided for its fluffy execution and derivative concepts (via Rotten Tomatoes). While the critical response was disappointing, the movie fared quite well financially, and it has since become a defining coming-of-age movie for the millennial generation. As the movie slowly approaches its 20th anniversary, its cult status continues to grow, though the likelihood of a follow-up seemed impossibly distant. However, it was announced in early 2024, that John Tucker Must Die 2 was on the way, capitalizing on the same nostalgic wave as other films like the recent Mean Girls remake.


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John Tucker Must Die 2 Latest News

Penn Badgley & Brittany Snow Discuss The Sequel

A composite image of John looking on with Kate making an angry face in front of a purple background from John Tucker Must Die
Custom image by Yeider Chacon.

it could also be chalked up to the slow progress of Hollywood, and the busy actors could be approached soon.


With the surprise announcement of the sequel months in the past, the latest news sees two original stars give a disappointing update on John Tucker Must Die 2. In an appearance on Penn Badgley’s podcast, Podcrushed, former co-stars Brittany Snow and Badgley frankly discussed their involvement in the new John Tucker sequel. Unfortunately, the stars revealed that they haven’t been contacted to return, possibly dispelling what producer and actor Arielle Kebbel revealed in March 2024. However, it could also be chalked up to the slow progress of Hollywood, and the busy actors could be approached soon.

Read Snow and Badgely’s comments below:

Snow: Penn, I don’t know if you’ve had a call, but I’ve gotten no call

Badgley: Yeah, I’ve had no call, no. I mean, it’s maybe possible like the superposition quantum physics, like everything is potentially within the realm of, like, maybe this apple will fall up, I can’t actually say with certainty.

John Tucker Must Die 2 Is Confirmed

A Surprise Announcement Reveals A Sequel

Brittany Snow seeing John kiss another girl in John Tucker Must Die


Though the movie wasn’t teased beforehand, John Tucker Must Die 2 was officially confirmed in March 2024 to the surprise of many fans. The sequel to the nearly two-decades-old cult hit was revealed by original star Arielle Kebbel, who has also disclosed that she will be serving as one of the producers on the project. Kebbel confirmed that the script for the long-awaited sequel is complete, and perhaps most surprisingly, that the story involves the entire original cast. Read Kebbel’s full comment below:

The rumor is true. I started producing a few years ago. There is a script. We are very proud of it. It does involve all of the OG cast … That’s pretty much all I can say for now.

So far, little is known about the project, and it hasn’t been linked to a production company or distributor yet. The original film was distributed by 20th Century Fox, and if the sequel eventually happens, it will probably be another Fox product. It’s unclear if Betty Thomas is being approached to direct the sequel, but her return seems unlikely since she hasn’t directed a project since the 2015 Grace and Frankie episode “The Fall”.


John Tucker Must Die
is available to stream on Hulu.

John Tucker Must Die 2 Cast

Are All The Original Actors Returning?

According to star and producer Arielle Kebbel, the entire “OG cast” is slated to return for John Tucker Must Die 2. Many of the movie’s leads have gone on to bigger and better things in the years since, and no one besides Kebbel has confirmed their return for the project. While Kebbel’s announcement is exciting, it doesn’t necessarily prove that the cast will all return en masse.


Ideally, Jesse Metcalf would return to reprise his role as the rakish John Tucker, as would his spurned exes Carrie (Arielle Kebbel), Beth (Sophia Bush), and Heather (Ashanti). Furthermore, Brittany Snow should return as the new girl, Kate, who helped break John’s heart. Penn Badgley played John’s brother, Scott, in the original and the You star could lend his star appeal to the sequel.However, both Snow and Badgley have since revealed that they haven’t been approached, casting doubt on Kebbel’s claims.

If what Arielle Kebbel claims is true, the cast of John Tucker Must Die 2 will contain:

Actor

John Tucker Must Die Role

Jesse Metcalf

John Tucker

on a wing and a prayer jesse metcalfe

Brittany Snow

Kate Spencer

Brittany Snow looks on stoically in Christmas with the Campbells

Arielle Kebbel

Carrie Schaeffer

Arielle Kebbel on Midnight Texas

Ashanti

Heather Montgomery

Ashanti in front of a lit Christmas tree in A Christmas Winter Song

Sophia Bush

Beth McIntyre

Erin Lindsay sitting at interrogation table with hands interlocked

Penn Badgley

Scott Tucker

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg staring at Kate in You Season 4


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John Tucker Must Die 2 Story Details

What Will Happen In The Sequel?

Brittany Snow faces off against Ashanti, Sophia Bush, and Arielle Kebbel in John Tucker Must Die

No details about the film’s story have been revealed, and the conclusion of the 2006 original was somewhat conclusive. John Tucker learned his lesson and grew out of being one of the worst boyfriends in teen movie history, and he left on good terms with Kate, who also had to rehab her image after the story’s climax. A sequel could catch up with the entire gang as something brings them all together. The most logical excuse would be a 20-year high school reunion, something that could coincide with the actual release of the film. Until more details are announced, the story of John Tucker Must Die 2 remains a mystery.


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