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dpr
04-06-2001, 08:32 AM
Scenario: It's 2001 and you're the hotshot casting director who's been approached by an unknown by the name of George Lucas. He has a script tentatively titled Star Wars (and some garbage about it being episode 4 - wth is with that?). He gives you a brief synopsis and the type of characters to look for.

Somehow he has a HUUUUUGE budget. You can cast nearly anyone.....

Who's it gonna be hotshot?




Vague ideas so far:

Luke: James Van Der Beek (he's already got the nice boy image down pat and some would find him annoying) or

Han: Mel Gibson (larrikan but loveable - charming rogue) or Russel Crowe (hey he's flavour of the month)

Leia: Angelina Jolie (probably too tough) or Milla Jovavich (exotic touch and we can add a new line in when the death star explodes: "BIG badda boom")

Obi Wan: Sean Connery (*chuckles at the thought of the brogue "Ahh tha's no' a name I've hrrd in many yearrrs")

Darth Vader: Someone tall (not Jeff Goldblum - I dislike him)

Chewie: see above (and above)


So waht do you think gang? Who out of today's multitudes should get a shot?

slortar
04-06-2001, 09:32 AM
I'd probably recast it with an all midget cast and call it "Star Wars Episode 4: Tiny Terror in Outer Space." :-)

Coil
04-06-2001, 10:03 AM
Originally posted by dpr
Leia: Angelina Jolie (probably too tough) or Milla Jovavich (exotic touch and we can add a new line in when the death star explodes: "BIG badda boom")

Obi Wan: Sean Connery (*chuckles at the thought of the brogue "Ahh tha's no' a name I've hrrd in many yearrrs")

Darth Vader: Someone tall (not Jeff Goldblum - I dislike him)


Sean Connery may be right for Obi-Wan, not so sure about your choices for Leia. IŽll have to give Leia some more thought.

Darth Vader - Anyone around 2 metres tall. As long as James Earl Jones does the voice.

/Andreas

Ross
04-06-2001, 11:44 AM
Luke: Christopher Lambert. As long as we're screwing with time and space, I'd like him around fifteen years younger, if possible.

Obi-Wan: John Cleese/Richard Briers. Sean Connery's just
too... Sean Connery.

Han: Billy Crystal

C3PO: Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall

Lando Calrissian, when he shows up: Bill Murray

Leia: Sinead O'Connor

Evnglion
04-06-2001, 11:52 AM
well well well. The OP of this has no sense at all. First of, you gotta remember that people like Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were cast into the original trilogy because they were no names, and so was Lucas. Star Wars was extremely low budget for a feature film, and they couldn't afford the big names. Darth Vader isn't too important as long as you get James Earl Jones back for the voice, cause that is perfect for the sinister character. Also, Mel gibson is much too old...he's just as old as Ford, and that would be completely inaffective. the only one you put on there that I agree with is Sean Connery as Kenobi, that might actually work. I think I would shoot myself if someone like Van Der Beek was Skywalker... he just doesn't have the youthful charasmatic feel that a young Jedi needs.

Tequila Mockingbird
04-06-2001, 01:05 PM
Here's my picks...

Luke-Matt Damon, I think he could pull off the innocent enthusiasm thing.

Leia-Go a different way and get Laura Prepon.

Obi Wan/Ben Kenobe-Anthony Hopkins.

Han Solo-Christian Slater.

Lando-B.D. Wong

Darth Vader-Christopher Titus

C3PO-Owen Wilson (though Chris Rock might be good here too)

bordelond
04-06-2001, 02:44 PM
Luke - Ewan McGregor would've been great for this role 5-6 years ago. Someone mentioned James Vanderbeek, but I'd prefer Varsity Blues castmate Paul Walker to play Luke in 2001. Walker played original starting QB Lance in VB.

Leia - Hard to think of actresses who can pull off both regal and hard-nosed. Perhaps Claire Forlani or Charisma Carpenter (a stretch). Charlize Theron would probably best both.

Han - IMHO, this is the hardest role to cast. Valentine's David Boreanaz was born for this role, but is probably too young to play it in 2001. On the other side of the spectrum, Mel Gibson would've been great as Solo 10 years ago.

For now, what are our options? George Clooney? Russell Crowe? Better would be Traffic's Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro has sufficient edginess, but would lend an Latin flavor to the Solo character that Ford never did. Is that necessarily a bad thing if there is hypothetically no Ford's Solo to compare to? Blade's Stephen Dorff could probably also pull the role off.

Truth be told, Boreanaz and Gibson could probably still make Han Solo work in 2001.

Obi-Wan - Remember that TV show The Equalizer? The 71-year-old Edward Woodward would make an outstanding Kenobi. I also like the suggestion of Anthony Hopkins.

Darth Vader - Shaquille O'Neal. Wait ... go with me here: Shaq has the requisite size in spades. He already has plenty of experience on movie sets & is familiar with the day-to-day routine of film-making. As a pro basketball player, he has the necessary strength & agility to learn Vader's "choreography" and pull it off wearing a heavy costume. As long as he doesn't have to talk, Shaq IMO can pull off the role of Vader.

If we can't have JEJ do Vader's voice, I think any of Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman or Laurence Fishburne would fit the bill. Jackson sometimes does voice-overs for museum tours & such - his voice can be very Vader-like if he is going for that effect.

Lando - Denzel Washington could play Lando in a manner that we are accustomed to Billy Dee Williams playing him. For a twist, Jason's Lyric Allen Payne would do well as Lando. He would better play a contemporary to Boreanaz' or Del Toro's Solo than Washington would, too.

If Gibson or Crowe played Solo, Laurance Fishburne or Terminator 2's Joe Morton could well hold up the role of Lando.

C3PO - The Full Monty's Robert Carlyle - no question. If we do not hold ourselve's to British actors, Kevin Spacey could do 3PO's voice.

How's that?

Tyklfe
04-06-2001, 04:44 PM
Luke Skywalker - Jude Law
Princess Leia - Gweneth Paltrow
Han Solo - Mel Gibbson (cudos to dpr)
Obi Wan - Sean Connery (cudos to dpr)
Yoda - Mel Brooks
Darth Vader - Val Kilmer
Emperor Palpatine - Billy Crystal
Chewbacca - Tim Robbins
C3PO - Chris Rock
R2D2 - Verne Troyer
Lando Calrisian - Samuel L. Jackson
Boba Fett - Kevin Bacon
Admiral Ackbar - Matt Damon
Mon Mothma - Judi Dench
Admiral Piett - Kevin Spacy
Jabba the Hut - Marlin Brando (sorry, had to dip into the past for this one)
Ya Chouhada - Leonardo DeCaprio

Jeannie
04-06-2001, 06:05 PM
I'd have a hard time thinking of anyone as Darth Vader other than James Earl Jones, but Samuel L. Jackson would be good.

I don't really have any great ideas about the other characters, but what about Julia Stiles as Leia?

Ooh--Hubby just suggested Patrick Stewart as Obi-Wan. I think that could work. Or he'd be a good Darth Vader voice.

wolfseyn
04-06-2001, 06:59 PM
uhhh
Let's see:
Luke Skywalker: Bill Pullman
Darth Vader: Rick Moranis
C3P0: Joan Rivers
R2D2: Kenny Baker

Guinastasia
04-06-2001, 07:37 PM
I think if you took it right, Omar Sharif could probably do Obi Wan-he's got that Old Wise Sage thing down.

I think Kate Winslet would make a kickass Leia. Or Natalie Portman, as she played Amidala/Padme. Kate could play Mara Jade, if they decided to include her in the movie (which they should-she's the best fucking character there is).



Ya Chouhada


Who? I'm a Star Wars fanatic, and I don't remember that one.

Tyklfe
04-06-2001, 08:44 PM
Noticed by Guinastasia

Ya Chouhada


Who? I'm a Star Wars fanatic, and I don't remember that one. [/B]

If I remember my star wars correctly he would be the little guy that sat laid at the end of Jaba's tail and laughed like a crased idiot.

Tyklfe
04-06-2001, 09:19 PM
my bad his name was actually salacious crumb


my bad, sorry


but still, Leo get's the job ;)

Evnglion
04-07-2001, 01:46 AM
Originally posted by wolfseyn
uhhh
Let's see:
Luke Skywalker: Bill Pullman
Darth Vader: Rick Moranis
C3P0: Joan Rivers
R2D2: Kenny Baker


hahaha....lets bring back Lord Helmet, and get the original Artoo while we're at it

SPOOFE
04-07-2001, 03:06 AM
Obi-wan would be played to a T by Geoffrey Rush.

Luke can be played by David Spade. :D

GuanoLad
04-07-2001, 03:25 AM
Han Solo: Matthew McConnaughey
Princess Leia: Kate Beckinsale
Luke Skywalker: Topher Grace
Obi Wan Kenobi: Sir Ian McKellen
Darth Vader (voice): James Earl Jones
Grand Moff Tarkin: Christopher Lee

Renton_lvr
04-07-2001, 01:10 PM
Luke Skywalker: D'oh! I was gonna say Topher Grace
Princess Leia: Kate Hudson
Obi Wan Kenobi: Morgan Freeman
Han Solo: Jude Law
Grand Moff Tarkin: Christopher Lee
Owen Lars: Donald Sutherland
Beru Lars/Whitesun: Ellen Burstyn sp?
Mon Mothma: Helen Mirren
Lando Calrissian: Taye Diggs

Albert Rose
04-07-2001, 01:47 PM
Jennifer Lopez as Chewbacca.

Saint Zero
04-07-2001, 02:03 PM
That guy who was in The Green Mile as the inmate would fit fine in the Darth Vader role.

Evnglion
04-07-2001, 02:57 PM
Admiral Piett - Kevin Spacy

That would absolutely work perfectly...

Torgo
04-07-2001, 05:11 PM
It's the 21st century; isn't it high time we have a Star Wars installment cast entirely with gay porn stars?

beergeek279
04-08-2001, 01:26 AM
Hmm.........I know!! We can have Will Smith as Luke Skywalker........just think of the hideously bad movie tie-in rap video he could create with that!! *shudder*

seriousart
04-08-2001, 02:06 AM
John Cusack ala Han Solo, or even better, Bruce Campell! (minus about 10 years)
I second the Matt Damon for Luke nomination.
Ian Mc Kellan would make a good Ben
Mini Me as r2d2
And if your gonna have a gay robot, why not go Harvey Fierstein or Rip Taylor as c3po?

Tapioca Dextrin
04-08-2001, 08:52 AM
Originally posted by Torgo
It's the 21st century; isn't it high time we have a Star Wars installment cast entirely with gay porn stars?

Are you implying that original [b]wasn't[/]?

Rich G7subs
04-08-2001, 04:32 PM
I have the PERFECT Yoda! Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes!

Spoke
04-08-2001, 08:27 PM
bordelond wrote:Darth Vader - Shaquille O'Neal.

[and]

Luke - Ewan McGregor

Let me get this straight. Shaquille O'Neal is supposed to be Ewan McGregor's father????

C'mon people, let's get adventurous with this.

How about Jackie Chan as Lando Calrissian?

Or maybe Yun-Fat Chow as Princess Leia. No wait...Maybe a little too adventurous.

Monster104
04-08-2001, 09:31 PM
Luke-Matt Damon, I think he could pull off the innocent enthusiasm thing.

Thank you. I think I would make a rather charming Luke myself! ;) (Come on, dpr knows what I'm talking about!)

Let's see, my particular cast would be...

Luke: Tom Green
Obi Wan - Drew Carrey
Han - Ryan Stiles
Vader - Kane (WWF Dude)
Chewie - Gary Coleman
Grand Moff Tarkin - Jay Leno
Princess Leia - Jenna Jameson

What? What?!? What do you mean I'm fired as casting director??? Whatever for?

CrankyAsAnOldMan
04-09-2001, 09:52 AM
Good lord, I can't believe how OFF some of these Luke Skywalker castings are, to me! Topher Grace is actually a very good choice. All these other people aren't innocent enough! Aren't dorky enough! Aren't vaguely annoying in that special Mark Hamillesque way!

I was gonna suggest Tobey Maguire. But Topher Grace I'd go with.

bordelond
04-09-2001, 10:35 AM
Originally posted by spoke-
Let me get this straight. Shaquille O'Neal is supposed to be Ewan McGregor's father????

Sure, why not?

Of course, in Jedi, some other actor should play Anakin once Darth's mask is pulled off.

I'm thinking Shaq as Darth only IN COSTUME. He would be neither the voice of Darth nor the face of Anakin.

Spoke
04-09-2001, 12:42 PM
I still don't think y'all are being nearly creative enough in re-imagining this movie.

For example, let's try aging tough-guy Clint Eastwood in the role of Obi Wan Kenobi. I mean, let's face it: isn't he a more believable old warrior than Alec Guinness? Of course, you'd have to re-work the script a bit to make him more of a tough-love avuncular figure. "Use the FORCE, dammit!" [Smacks Luke on the side of the head.] Plus Clint could use his trademark serape in place of the Jedi robes!

I think Han Solo ought to be a wild-eyed good old boy with a Southern accent. (Come on, isn't it about time we allowed rednecks in outer space?) I liked GuanoLad's suggestion of Matthew McConnaughey in that role. Of course, at some point he'll need to pull a bottle of Jack Daniels out of the glove compartment of the Millenium Falcon...

Jack Palance seems a natural as the Emperor.

Kat
04-09-2001, 07:37 PM
No, no, make Jack Palance Obi Wan, in a Curly from City Slickers interpretation.

Mel Gibson could pull off Han, I think, even today. Or how about Val Kilmer? Maybe...

As for Luke Skywalker, I know he's too old, but Dennis Quaid comes to mind. I can't think of a young actor today who could pull off innocent, heroic, whiny, annoying Luke. I'm considering Heath Ledger as a long shot.

msmith537
04-09-2001, 10:01 PM
bordelond - Charisma Carpenter? David Boreanaz? What are you casting, Buffy the Dark Jedi Slayer? Just kidding.


If I were George Lucas for a day, I would cast Star Wars as a metaphor for the Black mans struggle against white oppression:


Luke - A young Cuba Gooding Jr

Han Solo - Ice-T

Chewbacca - Ving Rhames

Obi Wan - Recast Samuel Jackson as Obi instead of Mace. "Pass me my lightsaber. It's the one that says 'Bad Mother Fucker'." or "These ain't the mutha fuckin droids yo looking for!"

C3P0 - Chris Tucker "R2! Can YOU understand the words comin outta my MOUTH?!!"

R2D2 - Ice Cube "Yo bitch! We be headin to Degobah"

Leia - Halle Berry

Lando Calarisian - Keep Billy Dee

Yoda - Eddie Murphy

Luke's Uncle Owen - That black guy from the Snoop Dogg video, Friday, and House Party who always plays the pissed off dad. "Academy? You need to go get yo'self a job-emy!"

Darth Vadar - Anthony Hopkins (He makes a great evil white man)

Stormtroopers - Make their armor even whiter. Make the helmets pointed on top. They would speak with Southern accents.

msmith537
04-09-2001, 10:06 PM
Almost forgot

Jabba the Hut - Dr. Dre

That Stupid Rat-thing on His Shoulder - Snoop Doggie Dogg

Boba Fett - Wesley Snipes

Menocchio
04-09-2001, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by spoke-
For example, let's try aging tough-guy Clint Eastwood in the role of Obi Wan Kenobi. \

"I know what you're thinking. Can this tired old Jedi beat me? To tell you the turth, in all this excitement, I'm not certain myself. But being that I'm a Jedi, and I'f you strike me down now I'll become more powerful than you can possibly imagine, and help Luke blow this Death Star up, you have to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?"

My Picks:[List]
Luke: Umm, can I get back to you in a few years when Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) matures a little? Thanks. Leia: Obvious, I know, but Natalie Portman. Or Christina Ricci. Han: Ben Affleck. Obi Wan/Ben: I like Anthony Hopkins for this one. He can play the wounded nature of a man who's seen his best friend turn to absolute evil. Grand Moff Tarkin: Kevin Spacey. Regal and threatening, yet bored by the whole affair. C3PO: Eric Idle Darth Vader (if not James Earl Jones): Samuel L Jackson, Patric Stewart, or Keith David. Lando Carlassian: Samuel L. Jackson or Antonio Banderas Emperor Palpatine: Gary Oldman When I Get to Episode One: Young Anakin: Jonathan Lipniki Shmi Skywlaker: Francis McDormand Jar Jar Binks: Alter the speech pattern (or make him a mute!) and use Jackie Chan.

SPOOFE
04-10-2001, 04:54 AM
I would like to point out that it just occurred to me that Edward Norton (Fight Club, Keeping The Faith) would make an excellent Luke. He can play "angsty, innocent" type really well, and I have no doubt that he can be whiney enough.

Luke: Edward Norton, for reasons I said above.

Han: Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in X-Men). He carries enough maturity to be a strong character, but enough of a rebellious streak in order to be a proper swashbuckling smuggler.

Leia: My first instinct is to say Angelina Jolie, but she's too "tough-girl" and not enough "political-girl" (Leia was, of course, a diplomat).

Obi-Wan: Michael Caine... a brilliant father-figure in The Cider House Rules, and I think that would carry over to Obi-Wan.

Darth Vader: This one doesn't matter if you can't get James Earl Jones for the voice. If he dies, we spend $500,000,000 to develop a JEJ voice synthesizer.

Chewbacca: The guy who played the Predator in - duh - Predator... what's his name? It eludes me at the moment. Anyway, he's big and tall and menacing. If he's not available, get Kane (from the WWF), who would also be an excellent Wookiee (if covered with hair).

Grand Moff Tarkin: Anthony Hopkins (do I even need to mention the movies he's been in?). He just can play a massive-intellectual, moralless, evil bastard easily. Remember, Tarkin is sort of the Hitler of Star Wars (more so than the Emperor, who is more of an evil Pope).

Emperor Palpatine: Geoffrey Rush (The Marquis de Sade in Quills). He's just absolutely amazing as a cruel (yet slightly lovable) genius and powerful madman.

Wedge Antilles: I can't believe you bastards forgot Wedge! He'd be played quite well by Joaquin Pheonix (he's also in Quills... notice that I have a thing for Quills?)

GuanoLad
04-10-2001, 07:31 AM
Chewbacca: The guy who played the Predator in - duh - Predator... what's his name? It eludes me at the moment. Anyway, he's big and tall and menacing. If he's not available, get Kane (from the WWF), who would also be an excellent Wookiee (if covered with hair).

That was Kevin Peter Hall. Though when the Predator was leaping about a bit, it was Jean Claude Van Damme in the suit.

However, just to point out the awkwardness of it all, Kevin Peter Hall died about ten years ago.

Spoke
04-10-2001, 08:50 AM
Ooooh! Oooooh!

How about Gene Hackman as the Emperor? He's good at playing evil, plus he would be much more credible in his attempts to win Luke over to the Dark Side.

Wolverine
04-10-2001, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by wolfseyn
uhhh
Let's see:
Luke Skywalker: Bill Pullman
Darth Vader: Rick Moranis
C3P0: Joan Rivers
R2D2: Kenny Baker

Just let you know that somebody caught it. If you tried to cast it, you'd probably only find their stunt doubles anyways.

My cast for Episode Four.(some stolen from earlier but couldn't get them out of my mind)

Luke: James Van Der Beek
Leia: Kirsten Dunst
Han Solo: Ben Affleck
Obi Wan: Morgan Freeman
Darth Vader (voice): James Earl Jones or Patrick Stewart
Emperor: Burgess Meredith (bring him back from the dead, travel back in time, whatever it takes) otherwise Paul Newman (think about it for a couple of seconds, it works)
Wedge: James Marsden
Lando: Cuba Gooding Jr. (I know he's not in Episode Four but I'm throwing him in anyways)
Boba Fett: Wesley Snipes
Jabba: Marlon Brando

Wolverine
04-10-2001, 11:18 PM
Originally posted by Evnglion
hahaha....lets bring back Lord Helmet, and get the original Artoo while we're at it [/B]

Of course I see this after I post.

::Wolverine goes sulking in a corner, reminding himself to read ALL the posts before posting.::

SPOOFE
04-11-2001, 02:25 AM
However, just to point out the awkwardness of it all, Kevin Peter Hall died about ten years ago.

I coulda sworn that someone said they had a different guy in Predator 2, but that may just be the sleep deprivation talking.

Anyway... it really doesn't matter who's under the suit, as long as he's BIG.

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