Get the picture? More than three decades later Hayley Mills wooed fans in the 1961s The parent trapDisney is rebooting the classic and producing an equally big box office hit.
The 1998 film, which starred Lindsay Lohan as identical twins, Annie James and Hallie Parker, followed the sisters after their reunion as they attended the same Camp Walden summer camp before their 12th birthday.
While the twins had no idea the other existed – Annie lived in London with their mother, Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson), and Hallie grew up in California with their father, Nick Parker (Dennis Quaid) – they quickly bonded.
Sure, the girls had a battle of wits at all-girls camp, but ultimately they hatched a plan to switch places and hopefully reunite with their parents. Hallie enlisted the help of the twins’ grandfather (Ronnie Stevens) and butler Martin (Simon Kunz) while getting to know his mother in England.
Annie, for her part, was tasked with breaking up their father’s new relationship. Nick had fallen in love with a 26-year-old named Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix) while her sister was at camp, but luckily Annie (who was posing as Hallie) had governess Cheesy (Lisa Anne Walter) in his corner.
two decades later The parent trap hooked a new generation on the double-switch story line, the cast practically reunited. During their conversation, the band remembered their late costar Richardson, who died in March 2009.
“Natasha had such elegance and grace, and she was so motherly to me,” Lohan recalled in July 2020 while speaking with her former castmates and director Nancy Meyers.
Quaid added: “[She was] someone so generous and happy to be there and to transmit this joy of being able to do what we do. It just made everything so much better.
The following year, Hendrix told exclusively We Weekly on how her villainous persona evolved over the years, revealing that many viewers now see Meredith as a badass woman who knew her worth.
“One of the keys to playing villains is that the characters, you never think of yourself as a villain, like ever. So Meredith Blake, no. ‘her and that narrative that Meredith thought of herself,’ she said in June 2021. “So of course she wasn’t the bad guy. Of course, she was the victim of those two little twin monsters and their parents.
Walter – who became genuinely best friends with Hendrix despite their characters hating each other – exclusively told We in April 2022 that she would once again team up with the entire cast for a sequel. (Yes, that means Meredith Blake should make a comeback of some sort.)
“I think it would be really fun if we continued the story [of Chessy and Martin]. Because people always say, ‘Why isn’t there a 2? Not a remake, but a parent trap where Lindsay’s character grows and they’re twins and they have to get Martin and Chessy together,” Walter revealed. “People will come up with story ideas like that. … And of course [I’d love if] Meredith is involved somehow just because I would die to do another version of working with Elaine in those roles.
She added: “My best friend is Elaine and we were kind of touched at the 20 year mark of reunion. [with new fans] because of the fact that they release it so often and new generations find it.
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