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!