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MGM has tapped Jes­sica Rothe ("La La Land") as the fe­male lead in MGM's mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of the 1983 com­edy "Val­ley Girl." The new "Val­ley Girl" is pro­duced by Matt Smith. Rachel Lee Gold­en­berg came on two weeks ago to di­rect from a script by Amy Talk­ing­ton. Clay Weiner had been at­tached to di­rect the project sev­eral years ago. Ni­co­las Cage and Deb­o­rah Fore­man starred in the orig­i­nal movie, which was di­rected by Martha Coolidge in a story of Fore­man's Val­ley Girl fall­ing in love with Cage's punk-rock char­ac­ter. The film, which cost only $350,000 to pro­duce, was a solid per­former at the box of­fice with $17 mil­lion.

The movie was re­leased in the wake of the suc­cess of Frank Zappa's "Val­ley Girl" song, in which his 14-year-old daugh­ter Moon Unit Zappa mocked the unique speech pat­terns of teenage girls from the Val­ley. The sound­track for the orig­i­nal "Val­ley Girl" fea­tured songs from the Plim­souls, Josie Cot­ton, Bon­nie Hayes, Mod­ern English, and the Pay­olas. Rothe

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