For better or worse, Hollywood is really into remakes right now. But instead of viewing this trend as annoying and cynical, what if we really leaned into it and used it as an opportunity to rebuild the classics from scratch, making them even more perfect? It is in that spirit that MarieClaire.com presents Recasted, which dares to wonder, “Who would we want to see in this iconic film today?” Think of it as Fantasy Football mixed with your annual Oscar Pool.
To kick things off, let’s tackle Titanic. Movies really don’t get bigger than this: Though it was, at the time of its 1997 release, one of the most expensive movies ever made (with whopping $200 million budget), its box office-smashing brought in nearly $2 billion worldwide and it took home an insane 10 Oscars that year. (But none for you, Leo. In fact, you’ll have to wait almost 20 years for that honor.) Those numbers—and the fact that it remains, somehow, one of the biggest cultural touchstones of all time—means it is positively ripe for the remakin’.
Though it’s original cast was stacked—Young Sexy Leo! Beautiful Kate!—it’s interesting to think who could be cast now and put on a similar career trajectory to those two now-megastars. Also, I was already thinking about this movie because of that killer Ariana Grande and James Corden medley.
My heart will go on…and so could this franchise.
Originally: Leonardo DiCaprio
Recasted: Timothée Chamalet
Not only is Timmy’s stardom the 2018 Tumblr-heartthrob equivalent of Leo’s
Pre-Y2K domination, but Chalamet’s got the talent, the aw-shucks charm, and the incredible head of hair to make an audience fall in love with him upon the first scene. Honestly, whoever styled Leo’s hair in the original deserves an Oscar of their very own.
Recasted: Saoirse Ronan
I mean, Ronan and Chalamet are basically the golden children of Hollywood right now, and on top of that, they’re friends in real life. We’ve seen their chemistry together (ironically, through their characters’ lack of chemistry) in Lady Bird, but I feel that giving these two center stage in a true-form romantic movie will give everyone the feels. Alternate title: Lady Bird On a Boat.