Some major movie roles look to be recast in the near future.
It’s not a new phenomenon. Movie franchises date back pretty much to the dawn of film. Roles like Tarzan, Robin Hood and Dracula were all recast many times in the early days of the industry. And still are fielding new performers even to the present day.
Hugh Jackman has announced he’ll be departing the role of Wolverine after the upcoming third Wolverine movie. The actor has defined the famous X-Man onscreen for 16 years. Attaching the claws to a new actor will be a seismic shift. Reports indicate that Daniel Craig, who has successfully led the James Bond franchise for the last four films, is unlikely to return for a fifth. And speculation runs rampant about how long key Marvel Cinematic Universe actors like Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans will continue to play Iron Man and Captain America, respectively. And that, after the role of Spider-Man was just successfully recast, again, with Tom Holland.
Fans are used to seeing new faces in familiar roles. The movie James Bond has been recast numerous times over the past five or so decades. Some actors have had more successful runs than others. Famous monsters, like Dracula, have been played by so many performers that there’s probably a version out there to suit every taste. With Hollywood churning out a steady stream of “reboots” and “reimaginings,” the concept of seeing a new face in a familiar role will only pick up speed.
Many fans wring their hands over a recast. They rally around certain actors and debate the pros and cons of rumored contenders. But perhaps we put too much emphasis on championing particular performers to take over certain roles? Sometimes the most successful recast is the one you didn’t see coming.
Craig is a perfect example. He wasn’t exactly the actor many observers would have tipped to be the new Bond. He’s blond! He’s too broody! He doesn’t seem suave enough!
And yet, Craig turned out to be one of the best things ever to happen to the Bond franchise. He injected a new sensibility to the role that sparked the films’ writers. It brought the movies into the contemporary world in a way they never really had been before. And they made tons of cash.
A recast will likely never satisfy everyone. Some will work out and others will falter.
But when fans don’t suffocate producers and directors with stubborn demands about what a character “should” be, sometimes you get a choice who surprises in a good way.
Originally published at thunderalleybcpcom.ipage.com on May 23, 2016.