Statement from Rena Riffel aka Penny Hope regarding “Showgirls 2?” OMG!!!

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The following statement from Rena Riffel, an original SHOWGIRLS cast
member who played Penny Hope, in regards to the SHOWGIRLS sequel films
currently being discussed in the media:

“Some media outlets have been reporting and posting about a SHOWGIRLS
follow-up feature called SHOWGIRLS 2, which I am not affiliated with,
in any way, shape or form. I’ll admit, I was contacted by the German
SHOWGIRLS fan-turned-“Hollywood director” to star in his first feature
film. However, it was so horrifically graphic and out of the show’s
original story theme that I needed to withdraw from those talks.

I am officially working on my own SHOWGIRLS follow-up feature film.
Recently, I posted a short sequel “teaser” on YouTube, which I wrote
and directed myself.   The teaser is very different than my feature
film screenplay, but I wanted to get the ball rolling and have some
fun because everyone seems to be so excited, including me!  Check it
out at

My film is titled SHOWGIRL, being that I am the last and only
“showgirl” still keeping that flame alive. It’s sort of a…”What ever
happened to Penny Hope?” – fifteen years later, story. SHOWGIRL is my
take on what becomes of a thirty-something year-old stripper who is
still obsessed with dancing and fame.

We are planning on shooting this coming summer and are still searching
for a few of our leading and supporting characters to round out the
cast.  SHOWGIRLS’ fans will be pleased to learn that some of the
original cast members have agreed to be in SHOWGIRL, and some of my
MULHULLAND DRIVE cast members will appear as well.  It is my hope to
work with my SHOWGIRLS friends Gina Gershon and Elizabeth Berkley
again too. And, I am even thinking about giving my former STRIPTEASE
co-star friend Demi Moore a call.

You could say I’m pulling a “Barbra Streisand.”  SHOWGIRL is my YENTL,
because I will be writing, directing and starring! We are securing
major funding and working with top production talent, like the
original post production team who did the original SHOWGIRLS.  It’s
pretty exciting and amazing. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!”

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