Nothing gets a conversation and/or debate going faster than an alternate casting. Everyone has their own opinion about what actor should play which role and, more importantly, nobody can ever agree with anyone else’s picks. If it’s even slightly different than what you pictured in your head, you will immediately disregard it and ridicule the person who suggested it. The aim of the FanCast is to inspire conversation, create debate and provide ammo for the bloodthirsty nerds who can’t ever be wrong.
Sometime in 2009, Disney was bitten by the remake bug. It started in 2010 with the release of a live-action Alice in Wonderland film. Soon after, live-action remakes or re-imaginings from the studio began to come out every other year. However, in the last two years, they have been churning them out like it was nobody’s business. 2019 saw Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King come out.
The studio has shown no signs of slowing down, so it is only a matter of time before every animated film has been remade in live-action. So for SAW’s Disney Themed Month, we are going to FanCast four animated films that are serious contenders to be remade within the next five years.
Kiernan Shipka | Rapunzel
What you might have seen her in: Mad Men, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Why she’d be perfect for the role: Rapunzel, like all good Disney princesses, are curious. However, Rapunzel is a bit of a badass (like all good Disney princesses). I feel Shipka embodies the curiosity and rebellious personality of Disney’s Rapunzel. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was Shipka’s first major leading role, and I think it’s a sign that she’ll have a good career in Hollywood.
Brenton Thwaites | Flynn Rider
What you might have seen him in: The Giver, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Titans
Why he’d be perfect for the role: I know he already played a prince in Maleficent, but I think Thwaites would be a good choice for Flynn Rider. In his roles as Henry Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean and Dick Grayson in Titans, Thwaites has shown that he has leading man potential. However, I can also see him embodying the goofier side of Flynn Rider and really sinking into the role. He’s already done two films with Disney, so why not go for a hat trick!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus | Mother Gothel
What you might have seen her in: Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, Veep
Why she’d be perfect for the role: Casting Cher would have been the easy way out, and I almost went with Helena Bonham Carter (who I think would also be good in this role), but I ended up with Louis-Dreyfus. I’m currently rewatching Seinfeld and she absolutely steals every scene she is in. Louis-Dreyfus never really broke out as a film actress despite finding consistent work on television since the ’80s. I’d love to see her in a feature length film that allows her to stress both her dramatic and comedic skills.
James and Oliver Phelps| Stabbington Brothers
What you might have seen him in: Harry Potter franchise
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Not even going to lie to you. I only picked these two because they are brothers and so are the Stabbingtons. The Phelps brothers haven’t acted much since Harry Potter ended in 2011, so this was a literal true fancasting choice as I’d love to see them back on screen together. Get them to beef up a bit and I think they could do a pretty convincing job as Patches and Sideburns.
These are the actors I would cast if I was making a live-action Tangled for Disney. Who would you FanCast?