Another great assignment for The League this week. Probably the best one we’ve had. I might have to say that this is the single greatest topic ever conceived in the history of blogging, the Internet, or probably in anything. EVER. And I think the person who suggested said topic is probably as handsome as he his distinguished in his bad assness. The topic?
Remake one of your favorite movies with a cast of current Hollywood stars.
The person who suggested it? The Man-God known as…me. Yes, this is my topic suggestion for the week. I think it’s pretty awesome, hopefully the rest of the League does as well (how could they not?). Anyway, on to this week’s topic. Hollywood loves remakes and reboots. Most recently Hollywood also loves movies based on board games. Why not combine the two? I thought that this was the “perfect storm” of events I needed to beat Hollywood to the punch and cast a reboot of a popular 80s movie based on a board game. And the movie I chose is one of my favorite comedies of all time, Clue: The Movie (which just hit Blu-Ray on Tues).
There has been talk for years of remaking this movie and currently Gore Verbinski is attached (director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies). Who knows how that’s going to turn out, so let’s take a look at my own personal “dream cast” for a new Clue movie. Now just note, I view this reboot as a true, “hard” reboot. It would stay true to the spirit and look of the original movie to a point, but it would not be “in continuity” with the original. It would truly stand on its own.
Here we go. You can click the card images of the new cast to see them bigger.
Wadsworth – Michael Sheen – Originally played by the great Tim Curry. In my eyes there is no better casting for this role than Michael Sheen. You’ve seen him in the Underworld movies as well as Tron: Legacy and Frost/Nixon.
Miss Scarlet – Scarlett Johansson – Originally played by Lesley Ann Warren. Warren was good and funny, but she was not my favorite of the original ensemble. I think ScarJo would be an upgrade. Plus, she has proven that she can do comedy pretty well. And, she’s rather attractive, as Miss Scarlet is supposed to be (not to say that Warren wasn’t attractive).
Col Mustard – This was the hardest role to cast. I am a huge fan of Martin Mull. Just watch him in Mr Mom. He almost steals the movie. Anyway, I was going to put Ed Helms here, and he’d probably be great, but I don’t buy him as a former Army colonel. So, I decided there are two ways to go here, I can go with a more conventional pick that I think fits really well or I can go with an “out of the box” pick. I think I’m leaning towards my “conventional pick”, John C Reilly. Reilly is really funny and I do buy him as a former colonel. As for my unconventional pick, I also really like Bob De Niro. The last decade or so De Niro has shown he has an affinity for comedies and I totally think he’d work. However, as part of this “comedy all star” ensemble I’m building, De Niro sticks out like a sore thumb.
Mrs Peacock – Kristen Wiig – Originally played by the great Eileen Brennan. Wiig is perfect for this part because not only does she look a bit like Brennan (check out the images for comparison), she is funny and quirky and weird. Exactly how Brennan played Mrs Peacock.