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L.A Mayor Eric Garcetti To Play A High School Principal In 'Valley Girl' Remake

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is shown speaking into a microphone at a podium. He wears a suit and is raising the pointer finger of his right hand as he makes a point.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2017.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti is adding a new line to his already-impressive resume: movie star. Garcetti, who is totally not running for president and just likes to hang out in New Hampshire, will play a high school principal in next year's remake of the 1983 cult classic Valley Girl.

Garcetti hails from Encino, so a role in Valley Girl ought to be within his wheelhouse. "I’m a Valley Boy myself, so I felt right at home in the reboot of one of my favorite '80s classics — even if Nic Cage’s orange faux-hawk didn’t make it to set," Garcetti told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The remake, which will be done as a 1980s period musical, is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet (as was the original), and is slated to come out sometime next year.

Garcetti has made guest appearances on TV series like The Closer and Angie Tribeca in the past, but this marks his first big-time movie role. Still, it's clear our mayor has long craved the glory of La La Land; we like to imagine a young Eric storming around his family home in Encino, clutching a book about the Meisner technique and working up the nerve to confront his father—former L.A. County District Attorney Gil Garcetti—with a dramatic monologue about how the Garcetti political dynasty isn't his destiny and all he really wants to do is perform.

It's unclear whether Garcetti is truly longing to join the ranks of the aspiring Hollywood glitterati, or if he's just hoping a cameo in Valley Girl will distract us all from speculating about his theoretical 2020 run. Hey, he wouldn't be the first presidential candidate toboast a SAG card.

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