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dream cast: not-so-hypothetical ‘Magnum, P.I.’ movie

I feel like I’m flogging a dead horse keeping up with Dream Cast, but I’m willing to give it a few more weeks to prove itself either vital or a goner. This week: Magnum, P.I., the 1980-88 CBS action detective series starring Tom Selleck as a former Navy SEAL and Vietnam vet now working as a private eye in Hawaii.

(If you have a suggestion for a classic TV show or movie we could play Dream Cast with, feel free to email me.)
Last April I noted with alarm a news story suggesting that a Magnum, P.I. movie was in the offing, with the repulsive Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. More than a year has passed and no more news has come along on this front, and neither the actor’s IMDB page nor the one ostensibly for this movie bear any indication that the movie is actually happening, or if it is, happening with McConaughey onboard. So I consider it fair game.

The original cast featured:

Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV: Tom Selleck
Theodore “T.C.” Calvin: Roger E. Mosley
Orville Wilbur Richard “Rick” Wright: Larry Manetti
Jonathan Quayle Higgins III: John Hillerman
Lt. Yoshi Tanaka: Kwan Hi Lim

My dream cast for a movie (stealing some of my own ideas from the post linked above):

Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV: Will Smith
Theodore “T.C.” Calvin: Josh Holloway
Rickie Wright (gender swapped): Maria Bello
Jonathan Quayle Higgins III: Ewan McGregor
Lt. Toshiko Tanaka (gender swapped): Lucy Liu

Magnum and TC would now be Iraq war vets, of course.

Who’s in your Dream Cast?

I dare you not to hum along with this:



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