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dream cast: hypothetical ‘WarGames’ remake

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: WarGames, the 1983 thriller that taught America to be terrified of smart but slackerish Xers who like to goof around with computers.

(If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.)
The original cast included:

David Lightman: Matthew Broderick
Jennifer Katherine Mack: Ally Sheedy
Dr. Stephen Falken: John Wood
Dr. John McKittrick: Dabney Coleman
General Jack Beringer: Barry Corbin

Some of the cultural attitudes of the film would have to change in a modern remake, like the idea that a kid playing with computers constitutes something weird. And we’d probably have a team of really nice teenagers working together trying to prevent the world from being destroyed by a computer, instead of just two independent-minded slackers. But the overall gist of it… well, it’d probably end up looking like Eagle Eye, actually.

My new cast, with a gender switcheroo, just for fun:

Danielle Lightman: Kat Dennings
John Mack: Zac Efron
Dr. Stephen Falken: Robert Downey Jr.
Dr. John McKittrick: John Simm
General Jack Beringer: Richard Dean Anderson

Shall we play a game?

MPAA: rated PG

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