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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

dream cast: hypothetical ‘Breakfast Club’ remake

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another installment in the semiregular Dream Cast, in which we take a classic movie, TV show, or book, perferrably something with Xer appeal that we can either trash or have fun with, and cast a production or recast a hypothetical remake with actors working today. This week: a hypothetical remake of The Breakfast Club, the 1985 dramedy from writer-director John Hughes, in honor of his passing.

(This week’s Dream Cast was suggested by Ken, though long before John Hughes died. If you have a suggestion for a show, movie, or book we could play Dream Cast with, feel free to email me.)
It’s a seminal flick for Generation X: the one that threw representatives from all the cliques we all knew from high school into detention on a Saturday afternoon. And oh man, did John Hughes get it pretty close to right.

The original cast:

Andrew Clark (the jock): Emilio Estévez
Claire Standish (the princess): Molly Ringwald
John Bender (the bad boy): Judd Nelson
Allison Reynolds (the weirdo): Ally Sheedy
Brian Johnson (the geek): Anthony Michael Hall
Principal Richard “Dick” Vernon (the grownup): Paul Gleason

My dream cast:

Andrew Clark (the jock): Robert Hoffman
Claire Standish (the princess): AnnaSophia Robb
John Bender (the bad boy): Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Allison Reynolds (the weirdo): Kat Dennings
Brian Johnson (the geek): Jamie Bell
Principal Richard “Dick” Vernon (the grownup): Hugh Laurie

Okay, I concede that some of these actors are probably too old to be playing high-schoolers… but this is part of the reason why I’ve put off Dream-Casting this movie: the actors who would likely be cast in a remake are probably still unknown to audiences.

Oh well. Who’s in your dream cast… even if you have to cheat on the ages a little?

Now is the time on Breakfast Club when we dance:



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