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The cast of ‘John Tucker Must Die’: Where are they now?

It’s time to plot another revenge against a heartbreaker because a sequel to ‘John Tucker Must Die’ may be on its way.

After nearly two decades since its release, the cult classic teen comedy film is finally getting its much-awaited sequel and this is confirmed no other than by the original cast themselves: Jesse Metcalfe, Arielle Kebbel, and Sophia Bush.

“I’ve heard rumors of this script—there’s a script,” Metcalfe, who played the titular role, teased during a panel at Epic Cons Chicago on March 24 where the stars reunited for the celebration since the release of the film.

“I’ve been hearing rumblings about this script circulating Hollywood — apparently it’s amazing,” he said, adding that he would love to be a part of the sequel and read the script.

Kebbel, who played Carrie Schaeffer, confirmed that the rumor was true and that she had produced it a few years ago. “There is a script. We are very proud of it,” Kebbel told the audience.

While the plot details are still under wraps, Kebbel assured the crowd that the script involved the original cast with a blend of new stars and that Jesse’s character “may or may not get a chance to change.”

In case you have forgotten about John Tucker Must Die, let us take you on a quick refresher. The 2006 film follows the story of Kate Spencer (Brittany Snow) who catches John Tucker (Metcalfe) secretly dating three different girls at the same time. After revealing John’s secret rendezvous, the three girls plot revenge against John which involves Kate seducing John and later on breaking his heart.

Since it hit the big screen, the flick has become a fan favorite—from its stellar lineup of stars, storyline, and iconic line “There’s only one guy out there for me, but you are not him!,” earning its cult classic status.

The success of John Tucker Must Die can also be reflected in the film stars’ careers because, after 18 years, they went on to carve their own path and became successful on their own.

Read on to see what the cast actually has been up to since the release of John Tucker Must Die in 2006.

Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker)

via @realjessemetcalfe on Instagram
via @realjessemetcalfe on Instagram

After his role as the serial cheater John Tucker, Metcalfe went on to make his own name as he starred in numerous films, namely Loaded, Insanitarium, The Other End of the Line, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, and The Tortured, among others.

Aside from hitting the big screen, the American actor also catapulted to stardom after starring in a few television series, including Desperate Housewives, Chase, Dallas, 2 Broke Girls, and Chesapeake Shores.

Brittany Snow (Kate Spencer)

Brittany Snow (Kate Spencer)
via IMDb

Prior to John Tucker Must Die, Snow rose to fame after she landed the role of Daisy on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light and portrayed the role of Meg Pryor on NBC’s drama series American Dreams. She also went on to star in the third season of Nip/Tuck and appeared in the 2005 comedy film The Pacifier.

After signing on to play Kate Spencer in John Tucker Must Die, Snow’s career even catapulted to more success as she went on to have a major acting career. She starred in Hairspray, Prom Night, Pitch Perfect, The Late Bloomer, Bushwick, and Someone Great.

She also appeared in a few television shows, including Gossip Girl, Ben and Kate, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, among others.

In 2023, Snow made her directorial debut with Parachute which premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival on March 11, 2023.

Arielle Kebbel (Carrie Schaeffer)

Arielle Kebbel (Carrie Schaeffer)
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Like Snow, Kebbel had been in the spotlight for quite some time now where she appeared in various films and television series, including Gilmore Girls, Soul Plane, and American Pie Presents: Band Camp, among others.

She then played the role of overachiever Carrie Schaeffer in John Tucker Must Die.

After her stint in the cult classic film, Kebbel went on to appear in Aquamarine, Forever Strong, The Uninvited, Fifty Shades Freed, the After film series, CSI, The Vampire Diaries, Life Unexpected, 90210, and Ballers, among others.

Ashanti (Heather Montgomery)

Ashanti (Heather Montgomery)
via @ashanti on Instagram

Prior to playing Heather Montgomery in John Tucker Must Die, Ashanti had made her name in the music industry and she continued to pursue it after the cult classic film was released in 2006.

She went on to release numerous albums and collaborated with different celebrities, including Michelle Obama for her #LetsMove campaign in 2015, Sia, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, Ty Dolla Sign, Nelly, Juicy J, and Lil Wayne, among others.

Sophia Bush (Beth McIntyre)

Sophia Bush (Beth McIntyre)
via @sophiabush on Instagram

Before signing on to play Beth McIntyre, the promiscuous liberal vegan activist, in John Tucker Must Die, Bush had appeared in many films and television series, namely National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Nip/Tuck, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and One Tree Hill.

After the release of the 2006 flick, Bush continued to land roles in television series, including Chicago P.D., Partners, and Love, Victor. She also appeared in Pixar’s film, Incredibles 2, where she provided the voice of Karen/Voyd.

Penn Badgley (Scott Tucker)

Penn Badgley (Scott Tucker)
via @pennbadgley on Instagram

After his stint as Scott Tucker, dubbed as the other Tucker, Penn Badgley’s career definitely took off after the release of the cult classic. Badgley went on to star as Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl, played the role of Todd in Easy A, and appeared in Stepfather as the stepson of a serial killer.

He has also gone on to star in different films and series and currently, he’s best known for his role as Joe Goldberg in the Netflix series You.

Jenny McCarthy (Lori Spencer)

Jenny McCarthy (Lori Spencer)
via @jennymccarthy on Instagram

Jenny McCarthy, who played Lori Spencer in the film, had an impressive resume under her belt. Before John Tucker Must Die, McCarthy had appeared in numerous series and films, including Jenny, BASEketball, Scream 3, and Dirty Love.

She went on to host her own show, The Jenny McCarthy Show, in 2013 and became a co-host of The View until 2014. In 2019, she became a judge on The Masked Singer.


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