'Freaky Friday': Disney announces the release of musical remake of 2003 classic

Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Heidi Blickenstaff will star in the musical remake of the 2003 hit body-swap comedy Freaky Friday which will release on August 10


                            'Freaky Friday': Disney announces the release of musical remake of 2003 classic

It’s time to freak out because Disney just announced the remake of 2003 comedy ‘Freaky Friday.’ Yes, you read it right. The movie that so beautifully captured exactly what a teen mother-daughter relationship felt like is going to entertain us once again. So, prepare to relive your childhood and allow Disney to engulf you in a giant bubble of nostalgia.

Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Heidi Blickenstaff will star in the remake the music-driven, body-swap comedy about a mother and daughter who, strangely, spend a day in each other's bodies. The 2003 original starrted Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in 2003's Freaky Friday (IMDb)
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in 2003's Freaky Friday (IMDb)

Blickenstaff plays Katherine Blake, a working mother who seeks perfection, but one thing she can’t seem to perfect is her relationship with her daughter, Ellie, played by Zuehlsdorff. She is also in the middle of planning her wedding with her fiancé Mike.

Ellie on the other hans is a 16-year-old seeking to be free from the reigns of perfection her mother seems to impose on her. She is also struggling to move past her father’s death five years ago and come to terms with the fact that her mother is in fact getting remarried. Her internal turmoil has a negative effect on her grades.

At the epitome of their conflict, the two magically swap bodies due to the power of an hourglass that Ellie’s father gifted her, which is then accidentally shattered. Two the then embark on a journey to find a matching hourglass to swap bodies yet again. Along the way, they learn a lot about one another and begin to understand one other a lot better. 

Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channel, said, "This movie is a creative collaboration with our theatrical colleagues who developed an original stage musical from a beloved story. Now, we've added a fresh twist by adapting it again into a movie for kids and families – with Broadway talent on and off camera – that has the potential to be a classic 'DCOM' for years to come."

Heidi Blickenstaff (left) and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Twitter)
Heidi Blickenstaff (left) and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Twitter)

It sure seems like the musical retelling of this iconic movie will be a spectacle, for the Emmy nominee David Lawrence, who happened to create the music for 'High School Musical', has composed the score. Furthermore, Tony nominee John Carrafa choreographed every single movement in the movie.  

Those dying to watch this remake won’t have to wait too long. It premiers on Friday, August 10 (8:00-9:45 pm EDT/PDT) on Disney Channel and will be available earlier (12:01 am PDT) on DisneyNOW and (12:01 am EDT/PDT) on Disney Channel VOD.