Why Vince Vaughn Wanted To Play A Teen Girl In Freaky

In Freaky, Vince Vaughn takes on the role of a lifetime: a teenage girl. The film, from Blumhouse and directed by Happy Death Day’s Chris Landon, is essentially a slasher version of Freaky Friday. Freaky sees high school student Millie (Katheryn Newton) swapping bodies with demented serial killer the Blissfield Butcher (Vaughn).

On the surface, the premise alone has a lot of great comedic potential. Still, while Vaughn was Landon’s first choice for the role, the director wasn’t expecting him to be interested.

“He really was it for me. There were so many boxes that needed to be ticked here,” Landon explained. “And it was tricky because I needed somebody that was physically intimidating. I needed someone who was convincingly scary. I needed someone who had really strong acting chops, and someone who’s charming and comedic. There’s so many things that Vince has to be in this movie and he’s, like, literally the only dude that can do all of it. And so we sent the script to him first. And I, honestly, was prepared for him to pass.”

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