We recast 5 classic romantic movies with today's actors
From 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to 'Pretty Woman,' here are our favorite Valentine's Day movies in need of a modern day reboot.
Mention the word "reboot" next to any beloved romantic film and you'll likely receive a dozen scornful looks in response. Unlike your average superhero or action franchise, romance films that click with audiences carry a unique chemistry that's hard to replicate.
But hey, with Valentine's Day around the corner and amorous feelings on the rise, we thought we'd head to the casting couch and take a few guesses at some actors and actresses who might breathe new life into some classic originals. And for the record: no one should ever touch "When Harry Met Sally."
'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard (left) could easily be played by modern-day stars Natalie Portman and John Krasinski in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. (Photo: Tinseltown/Creative Commons/Shutterstock)
The 1961 classic, starring British actress Audrey Hepburn in what she called her most challenging role, tells the story of a young woman, the famous people she mingles with, and the hearts she breaks along the way. American actor George Peppard co-starred as Hepburn's love interest in the film.
For this reboot, let's go ahead and easily cast American-Israeli actress Natalie Portman in the role of Holly Golightly. The 34-year-old has a full plate of serious dramas in the works for 2016, so kicking off a comedy would be a refreshing change of pace. As for the role of Paul Varjak, let's give American actor John Krasinski a shot. After winning hearts as Jim on the television series "The Office," something tells us he would do just fine vying for the love of Holly Golightly.
One of the most popular romantic comedies of all time, "Pretty Woman" tells the story of a lady of the night and a wealthy businessman who fall in love. American actress Julia Roberts, who became a star after her turn as Vivian Ward, almost didn't get the role. A full nine other Hollywood actresses turned down the film before a 21-year-old Roberts was finally cast.
For this reboot, let's go ahead and take a chance on another Hollywood unknown, American actor Scott Eastwood. He's got the looks to match Gere and could easily pull off someone who's found success on the international startup scene. Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who seeks out roles featuring strong women (including a certain superhero), would be perfect as Vivian.
'Gone with the Wind'
What film, adjusted for inflation, is more successful than "Titanic," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" or even "Avatar"? The reigning champ of the Hollywood box office is still "Gone with the Wind," a 1939 historical romantic drama famous for its massive story, sets and memorable one-liners. Who else but American actor Clark Gable could we imagine saying, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn..."?
How about French actor Jean Dujardin? The 43-year-old, who won the Best Actor Oscar in 2012 for his role in "The Artist," has both the charm and looks to pull off "Wind's" Rhett Butler. As for Scarlett O'Hara, originally played by English legend Vivien Leigh, we believe former Bond girl Gemma Arterton could easily bring the smolder.
The Princess Bride
One of the most beloved films of the 1980's, "The Princess Bride" tells the hilarious story of a young man who must rescue Princess Buttercup from the evil Prince Humperdinck. It all sounds ridiculous, but this is the film that gave pop culture the "Cliffs of Insanity," the "shrieking eels" and the classic line "As you wish."
For this reboot, let's go ahead and replace English actor Cary Elwes, who played Westley, with Australian star Chris Hemsworth. In his role as "Thor," Hemsworth does solid damage with a hammer, so he should have no problem picking up a sword. As for someone to match up to American actress Robin Wright's performance as Princess Buttercup, we're going with Canadian actress Kirsten Prout. Like Wright was before "Bride," she's a relative unknown on the verge of stardom.
And while we're talking adventure reboots – let's bring on American producer Kathleen Kennedy and Israeli producer Ram Bergman to help hit this one out of the park. "Star Wars: Episode VIII" can wait. (Just kidding, fans of a galaxy far, far away...)
If you've ever heard anyone utter the world-famous line "Here's looking at you, kid," they're quoting "Casablanca." Considered one of the greatest Hollywood productions of all time, the film features American screen legend Humphrey Bogart and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman playing former lovers who unexpectedly cross paths.
For this reboot, we're thinking Scottish actor Gerard Butler and American actress Jennifer Lawrence would match up well against Bogart and Bergman. Both have a handful of accolades between them, can easily tackle period pieces, and could pull off the chemistry needed to make the film work. We're pretty sure there's a handful of powerful Hollywood producers who wouldn't mind getting behind this as well.
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