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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

dream cast: hypothetical ‘Greatest American Hero’ movie

Here’s a new game that, if we have fun with it, I’ll make a regular weekly feature. We take a book to adapt to TV or film — or a movie or TV show to remake — and we recast it with actors working today.

This one came up last night among my gang of geeks: Why has no one done a Greatest American Hero movie? You know, the 1981-3 ABC series about a bumbling caped crusader that only Generation Xers between the ages of 35 and 42 remember? (I reviewed the Season One DVD a few years back.)

The original cast featured William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, the high-school teacher who moonlights as a superhero, except he lost the instruction manual that came with the superhero suit; Robert Culp as Bill Maxwell, the FBI agent who knows Ralph’s secret and helps him out in the crimefighting biz, though they often butt heads over the best ways to bring down the bad guys; and Connie Sellecca as Pam Davidson, a lawyer and Ralph’s girlfriend.
My dream cast:

Ralph: Ewan McGregor
Bill: Tom Hanks
Pam: Claudia Black

Who would you cast? Have fun!

Oh, and because you cannot talk about this show without singing the theme song:



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