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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Fri, Aug 14, 2009 8:09am

Perhaps every generation deserves their own Breakfast Club…

However… Would the cliques still be the same? There will always be jocks and princesses and bad boys, but will the weirdo be replaced by a goth, and the geek replaced by a techie? Teen dynamics and economic realities may have shifted just enough to where the princess – having every cool device sold in stores – might be more of a geek than the geek (whose geekism is more due to social awkwardness than brainpower).
Would the remake be in Chicago again, in the mythic Brigadoon/Inisfree/Avalon/Shermer? Or will it shift to, say, Phoenix AZ or Virginia Beach VA?

One more thing: it always cheesed me off the geek didn’t a girl, and got stuck with the homework. Not fair, dammit, not at all. >:(

I can’t really vote on who the teens could be played by (Kat Dennings is one I would agree with, but Gordon-Levitt? He’s getting too old, and yeah I know Judd Nelson was in his 20s when he played the bad boy), but for the school principal character I’d go with Hugo Weaving (ahhhhhhhhhh!). But who should play the school janitor (the optimist)?

Fri, Aug 14, 2009 10:59am

I don’t think The Breakfast Club could get made today, honestly. If all you did was re-cast it and use the same script, I bet you’d never get it released without adding a few fart jokes and pulling out the curse words.

Or maybe you’d have to show Bender’s dick?

Fri, Aug 14, 2009 12:41pm

The Breakfast Club exists in a moment in time and cannot be remade. Today, the five would spend all nine hours buried in their Blackberries and iPods. They wouldn’t say a word to each other.

Victor Plenty
Victor Plenty
Fri, Aug 14, 2009 2:26pm

The Breakfast Club is already remade. Its equivalent in contemporary terms is The Guild.

Seriously. The characters and setting are all different, and more appropriate to today’s cultural environment, but to me it has a very similar resonance, like the same tune transposed to a different instrument.

As for remaking it in something like a feature film, theatrical release format… Gotta agree, not likely in today’s Hollywood culture.

Dan Wilson
Dan Wilson
Sun, Aug 16, 2009 3:56am

I disagree. The Breakfast club is popular today because of it’s timelessness. Sure there would need to be changes, and thats what a remake does. To remake a movie “exactly” is just copy and pasting, and takes no talent. A remake should be an update (See Halloween).

Yeah the people would be stuffed in their Blackberries and ipods, but it’d still work. There are also still classic geeks, and Ally Sheedy was a goth. Just she was a goth before the term was so popularly used.

I happen to agree with the cast proposed. Mainly because Anna is just so dang cute… As much as I love Joseph though? No way. I think Durham County’s Greyston Holt, or Drake Bell would be a great replacement for Judd.

As far as Jamie Bell goes, I think the nerd should be a newcomer. Someone undiscovered.

I can prove that it can be done too by the way. I’ll write it just for fun, and put it on ScriptBuddy.Com