EW brings you the buzz on the 'toonish (and tune-ish) live action remake

By William Keck
October 19, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

They play rock and they battle evil! No, not anti Napster crusaders Metallica. It’s ”Josie and the Pussycats,” the latest kitschy ’70s show to pounce onto the big screen. The live action film — due next spring, and starring ”She’s All That”’s Rachael Leigh Cook as Josie herself — is getting the requisite contemporary touches.

Consider the mystery solving band’s costumes: Though the ears and tails remain intact, gone are the leopard leotards, replaced by Spice Girlsish threads. ”I’m a little upset,” admits ”Kids” star Rosario Dawson, who plays guitarist Valerie (”American Pie”’s Tara Reid is drummer Melody). ”I’m actually having the leotards made so my friends and I can wear them on Halloween.”

Or take the plot, which spoofs the current boy band craze. EW has learned that Seth Green (”Austin Powers”) and Breckin Meyer (”Road Trip”) make cameos as the fictitious group Du Jour, who perform their No. 1 hit ”Back Door Lover.” Clarifies Cook, ”It’s just about someone who comes to visit the person they love at night.” So get your minds out of the Kitty Litter.