Recasting Classics: Part I

by George Watches Things

Today, I take three older films that I happen to like and recast them. I encourage you to play along, and hope you enjoy this new possible recurring bit.

North by Northwest

Roger Thornhill (formerly Cary Grant): Leonardo DiCaprio

Who else?

 Eve Kendall (formerly Eva Saint Marie): Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan is my favorite actress, and would be the best choice for pretty much all of these roles. But this would be her best fit.

Phillip Vandamm (formerly James Mason): Alan Rickman

I really couldn't think of anyone else

Leonard (formerly Martin Landau): Zachary Quinto

A minor, but interesting role. Leonard is a weirdo, though, and Quinto is probably too cool to play one.

The Professor (formerly Leo G. Carroll): Christopher Plummer

Plummer might be too classy to have such a small role in a film, but I'd like to see what he'd do with it.

Clara Thornhill (formerly Jessie Royce Landis): Allison Janney/Jessica Walter


The Best Years of Our Lives

Al Stephenson (formerly Fredric March): Colin Firth

No brainer.

Millie Stephenson (formerly Myrna Loy): Nicole Kidman

Not to continue to beat the dead horse that I've made out of Rabbit Hole, but I think Kidman showed us what an amazing actress she really is, and deserves some more/better roles.

Peggy Stephenson (formerly Teresa Wright): Alison Brie

You know I had to put a Community cast member in here! And seeing as she's the most accomplished of the bunch (excluding Chevy) and the most drama-capable (see: Mad Men), it was Little Annie Adderall.

Fred Derry (formerly Dana Andrews): Idris Elba

Elba was my first thought for this role, and I didn't have to look any further. Him + Brie? Yes, please. Alternate: Jon Hamm?

Marie Derry (formerly Virginia Mayo): Marion Cotillard

Alternate: Zoe Saldana?

Homer Parish (formerly Harold Russell): Jude Law

He played a disabled man in Gattaca back in the 90s, but that's not the only reason I chose him. Law is a really talented and sensitive actor.

Star Wars

(genders reversed)

Luke Skywalker (formerly Mark Hamill): Ellen Page

This is the one I struggled with the most. I was thinking of new possible male Skywalkers when I thought of Michael Cera. It wasn't long after that that I made the Juno connection and had an epiphany.

Han Solo (formerly Harrison Ford): Julianne Moore

This is the one I expect the most disagreement on. But I think she has the comedic timing and attitude to make it work. Side note: these two appeared on screen together for about a minute in 1993's The Fugitive.

Princess Leia Organa (formerly Carrie Fisher): Paul Dano

Dano typically goes small in his portrayals, but who else could I go with? Actually, maybe Hunter Parrish from Weeds.

Ben Kenobi (formerly Alec Guinness): Octavia Spencer

Strong, selfless role model? Yeah, I guess she can do that...

Darth Vader (formerly James Earl Jones): Roseanne Barr