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dream cast: hypothetical ’A Hard Day’s Night’ 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 I’m stretching a bit to include something that’s not quite 80s but impacted Gen Xers a lot as kids: A Hard Day’s Night, the 1964 Beatles movie that was basically the first music video.

(The idea for this week’s Dream Cast comes courtesy of reader Eric-Jon. If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.)
Remaking A Hard Day’s Night means, when it comes down to it, recasting the Beatles. Which some will consider blasphemy. But you know what? It’s gonna happening eventually, and probably soon — someone will make a movie about the Beatles that will require actors representing the iconic musicians. So why shouldn’t it be us?

The original cast:

Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney
John Lennon: John Lennon
George Harrison: George Harrison
Ringo Starr: Ringo Starr
Paul’s grandfather: Wilfrid Brambell
TV director: Victor Spinetti

My dream cast:

Paul McCartney: Zac Efron
John Lennon: David Cross (from The Reader)
George Harrison: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Ringo Starr: Emile Hirsch
Paul’s grandfather: Michael Caine
TV director: Kevin Spacey

Let the hate begin.

I dare you not to get up and dance:



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