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dream cast: hypothetical ’21 Jump Street’ remake

It’s still Thursday for a little while, and that means it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: 21 Jump Street, the 1987-91 Fox drama about young-looking cops who go undercover in high schools. Now that I look back at it, it was like Law & Order meets High School Musical, without all the singing and dancing.

(The idea for this week’s Dream Cast comes courtesy of reader Kate. If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.)
Oh, I loved this show, and not just for Johnny Depp, but mostly for Depp and Peter DeLuise, who had extraordinary chemistry together. It’d be hard to replicate in a remake, but we thrive on challenges here.

The original cast:

Officer Tom Hanson Jr.: Johnny Depp
Officer Doug Penhall: Peter DeLuise
Officer Judy Hoffs: Holly Robinson
Officer Harry Truman Ioki: Dustin Nguyen
Captain Adam Fuller: Steven Williams

My dream cast (with some gender switches):

Officer Tom Hanson Jr.: Anthony Mackie
Officer Dani Penhall: Kristin Stewart
Officer Judy Hoffs: Kerry Washington
Officer Harry Truman Ioki: Masi Oka
Captain Annie Fuller: Sherry Stringfield


And just because, here’s another: Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp!

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  • Kathy A

    If he got into acting, I’d love to see Grant Imahara from Mythbusters as Harry Ioki.

    During the original run of 21 Jump Street, when all of my friends were flipping out over Johnny Depp, I had a thing for Dustin Nguyen.

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