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Clueless to be remade for Gen Z. What happened to the original stars?

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Image caption Alicia Silverstone was Cher in the original

Cher Horowitz was the lovably spoilt, fashion-obsessed Beverly Hills high-school girl we took to our hearts in the 1995 teen film Clueless.

Now she’s coming back – and this time she’ll have Instagram. Probably.

The film is being remade, produced by Tracy Oliver, who wrote Girls Trip, with a script by Marquita Robinson, who worked on Netflix’s Glow.

The original was a box office hit and spawned a TV spin-off, and a stage musical is about to open in New York.

Alicia Silverstone played Cher in the original. No casting has been announced for the new version.

Some film fans are excited to see what direction Oliver and Robinson would take it in. Many others were totally buggin’ (translation: freaked out, upset, at a loss, confused).

Here’s what’s happened to the main original cast members in the 23 years since the film was released.

Alicia Silverstone

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Silverstone had more misses than hits in Hollywood after Clueless, and started a sideline as a clean-living guru.

She published a health cookbook and a parenting book, in which she revealed she had her son Bear’s placenta turned into pills, recommended not using tampons, and received criticism for claims about the medical benefits of a vegan diet. She has also launched a range of organic vitamins.

She returned to the screen earlier this year in 1970s-set TV comedy American Woman – but it was cancelled after one season.

Brittany Murphy

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Murphy played the misfit Tai in Clueless and went on to appear in Sin City, Girl, Interrupted and 8 Mile.

However there was huge shock when she was found dead in 2009 at the age of just 32.

The LA coroner ruled that she died of pneumonia, with iron-deficiency anaemia and “multiple drug intoxication” being secondary factors in her death.

Stacey Dash

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Dash – Dionne in Clueless – became a controversial figure after swapping acting for becoming an outspoken pundit on Fox News and announcing her intention to run as a Republican candidate for Congress.

She has hit the headlines for her stance on issues regarding race. In 2016, she called the #OscarsSoWhite boycott “ludicrous” and said there was no need for Black History Month.

She withdrew from the Congress race in March, however, blaming the “overall bitterness surrounding our political process”.

Paul Rudd

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After his breakthrough as Cher’s scruffy stepbrother Josh, Rudd has carved out the most successful career of them all, including roles in Anchorman, Knocked Up and This Is 40.

His journey to Hollywood A-lister was completed when he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ant-Man for the film of the same name in 2015, for which he also co-wrote the script. And he starred in and co-wrote Ant-Man and the Wasp, which came out earlier this year.


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