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The Cast of ‘Sixteen Candles’ Has Changed a Lot Since the Movie’s Premiere in 1984

There’s no way Sixteen Candles premiered 38 years ago already! The iconic 1984 film starred actors including Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall and more. Today, we’re taking a look back at the fan-favorite film’s cast then and now.

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The cast was apparently easy to choose for the film! According to Los Angeles Magazine, director and writer John Hughes wrote the movie with Molly in mind for the lead role of Samantha Baker. The same thing was true for Anthony — Hughes allegedly liked him so much in National Lampoon’s Vacation that he wanted him to play the geek in Sixteen Candles.

Since the chemistry between all the stars in the movie was so strong, many fans today have high hopes for a sequel to the film that stole our hearts in the early ’80s. That said, it seems a second installment of the film may be as forgotten as Sam’s 16th birthday was.

Back in 2005, Molly opened up about the idea of Sixteen Candles 2. “I’ve turned it down for years. I couldn’t see how it would work,” she said at the time. “Now, it seems right.” We wonder if her feelings have changed in 2022!

Click through the gallery below to see what the cast of the film is up to today!

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