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Peakes June 29th, 2012 8:59 pm

Re-cast the movies!
 
Right then, guys and gals. We've had eight movies to dissect and discuss. Some love them, some hate them, many fall somewhere in between (I count myself in that group, although erring on the side of "love them").

Now, whilst the idea has been put out there before, this thread is not intended to be used for discussing the merits or otherwise of a remake of the Harry Potter film series.

What I thought would be interesting to discover is who you think would be a good casting choice for your favourite HP characters if a new series was being made now and the original actor was unavailable. Therefore, primarily, this should be kept to actors who didn't appear in the series, although it would be interesting to see if you pick out someone who was, but who you feel might have done well in a different role.

So, let's have your ideas. I'm going to kick this off with:

David Wenham (known to many as Faramir in LOTR) as my nomination for the role of Remus Lupin.

mirrormere June 29th, 2012 11:13 pm

Re: Re-cast the movies!
 
I think Christopher Plummer would have made an excellent Dumbledore.

Divvie June 30th, 2012 12:18 am

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Actually, I don't feel a particular need to recast anyone.

If, however, someone else was supposed to give Severus Snape a try, my favourite would have been Robbie Carlyle.

He might be a bit short and he would have to sound less Scottish, but other than that I am certain he could have captured Snape pretty well ...

LittleLottie June 30th, 2012 3:11 am

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I think I must be the only person alive who has not liked Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix. I always imagined Bellatrix as much taller and very aloof, now maybe I did not pay enough attention to her description in the books, my imagination does run away with me, but Liv Tyler, I think, would have been great.

merrymarge June 30th, 2012 3:23 am

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I think Johnny Depp would work. not sure if I want him as Severus Snape or Voldemort.
But, I know it is hard to imagine anyone else playing Snape. "Turn to page 394" "Obviously". And his facial expressions, sigh. if Johnny Depp wants to act in the movies, I think he would make a good Voldemort.

horcrux4 June 30th, 2012 8:07 am

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Quote:

Originally Posted by LittleLottie (Post 6020980)
I think I must be the only person alive who has not liked Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix. I always imagined Bellatrix as much taller and very aloof, now maybe I did not pay enough attention to her description in the books, my imagination does run away with me, but Liv Tyler, I think, would have been great.

I agree that Helena Bonham Carter doesn't look as Bellatrix is described but as Jo wouldn't allow non-British actors I'd have gone for Anna Chancellor.

Peakes June 30th, 2012 1:46 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mirrormere (Post 6020900)
I think Christopher Plummer would have made an excellent Dumbledore.

Woah, that's way out of left field, but having checked out more recent pics of him, I can see where you're coming from... he's got that twinkle in the eye that Harris had. Strange that the last time I saw him in action was as the Klingon General Chang in Star Trek 6!

Dumbledore, along with Snape, is one of the toughest to imagine a replacement for, I don't think anyone could top Richard Harris, with the possible exception of Ian McKellen (who, IMO, should have been Harris' replacement).

I'll throw another one in the mix though, and that's Bernard Hill (King Theoden) who I think could do well in the part now he's got a few more years on him.

wolfbrother June 30th, 2012 3:59 pm

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I think Johnny Depp would've been a good Sirius and how about Christopher Lee for Voldemort ?

mrfutterman June 30th, 2012 5:59 pm

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The author insisted on an all British cast.

Peakes June 30th, 2012 6:10 pm

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You're right, she did - and I do tend to agree that she was right.

However, if a remake of the series were ever to go ahead, I think that finding an all-British cast that hasn't been used already would be extremely difficult.

As this is a theoretical exercise, I am not applying any such restriction in this thread. I think the most interesting aspect of this discussion is what parts might be thought appropriate for overseas actors.

Wab June 30th, 2012 6:22 pm

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Sean Connery as Dumbledore

Shaun_MT June 30th, 2012 6:30 pm

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Some ideas...


Charles Dance as Barty Crouch Sr

Charlie Hunnam as Barty Crouch Jr

Bob Hoskins as Horace Slughorn

Christopher Ecclestone as Remus Lupin

Tom Hollander as Peter Pettigrew

Brian Cox as Rufus Scrimgeour

Mark Strong as Yaxley

LoveAlways June 30th, 2012 9:26 pm

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I know he`s ot British, but I would DEFINITELY cast Robert Carlyle as Snape.

He`s an amazing actor who is fantastic at darker roles, just like Alan Rickman,
(if you havent seen him on Once Upon A Time as Rumpelstiltskin, please do!)
And he looks exactly how I pictured Snape in the books!

Also, I totally agree that Johnny Depp as Sirius would be amazing,
as someone mentioned earlier in the thread, and ill bet Asa Butterfield
would be a great Harry, although its hard to imagine anyone but Dan playing him..

Peakes June 30th, 2012 9:47 pm

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There aren't all that many American actors I'd pick, but one guy I do like is Robert Downey Jr. I think he'd make an excellent Sirius Black.

I'm also going to throw Hugh Grant's name in the mix as Gilderoy Lockhart. I can see him in the Sir Ken Branagh role.

TreacleTartlet June 30th, 2012 9:57 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by LoveAlways (Post 6021154)
I know he`s ot British, but I would DEFINITELY cast Robert Carlyle as Snape.

He`s an amazing actor who is fantastic at darker roles, just like Alan Rickman,
(if you havent seen him on Once Upon A Time as Rumpelstiltskin, please do!)
And he looks exactly how I pictured Snape in the books!

Robert Carlyle is Scottish and is therefore British. I agree he is a very good actor, and I think he could do a very good Snape.

kittling June 30th, 2012 10:12 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by LoveAlways (Post 6021154)
I know he`s ot British, but I would DEFINITELY cast Robert Carlyle as Snape.


I'm glad to say that Robert Carlyle is British :cool:

He could make a good Snape but he would have the same age issues Alan Rickman has. My personal favouite for the role of Severus Snape is Richard Armitage - anyone who's seen him in the BBC's North & South would see him pull off a very good buttoned up Northern
- I think he would balance the different aspects of the character well. :)

TreacleTartlet June 30th, 2012 10:34 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by kittling (Post 6021171)
I'm glad to say that Robert Carlyle is British :cool:

He could make a good Snape but he would have the same age issues Alan Rickman has. My personal favouite for the role of Severus Snape is Richard Armitage - anyone who's seen him in the BBC's North & South would see him pull off a very good buttoned up Northern
- I think he would balance the different aspects of the character well. :)


Yes, yes yes!:clap::clap: I have also thought that Richard Armitage would be very good in the role of Snape. :D He can do a very good greasy snarl as well.:)

Hanover_Fist July 1st, 2012 12:08 am

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Does the all-British requirement apply to magical objects too? Because I was going to suggest Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of the Sorting Hat.

horcrux4 July 1st, 2012 1:23 am

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TreacleTartlet (Post 6021178)
Yes, yes yes!:clap::clap: I have also thought that Richard Armitage would be very good in the role of Snape. :D He can do a very good greasy snarl as well.:)

When Richard Armitage was first suggested I remembered him from Spooks and North and South and thought 'no'. Then I remembered his Guy of Gisbourne and thought 'oh, yes!' Snape incarnate!

I'm trying to think of an alternative to Helen McCrory for Narcissa (she really didn't look the part to me) but I can't come up with a pale wispy actress who matches the description. Maybe Tilda Swinton?

LoveAlways July 1st, 2012 1:44 am

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TreacleTartlet (Post 6021165)
Robert Carlyle is Scottish and is therefore British. I agree he is a very good actor, and I think he could do a very good Snape.

Oopsie...totally forgot about Scotland being a part of Britain. My bad! (blushes)

And I think I actually like Robert Downey Jr. as Sirius, too. Good one!

Im not familiar with Richard Armitage, unfortunately, but the pic def. looks convincing.
Ill have to look up his work sometime...


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