Open Channel: Recast One Actor In A Science Fiction Film

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We’ve all heard and seen the stories: some actors don’t make the cut for a film or passed on a role that later exploded. It got me thinking: what would have been different in a film if you replaced the lead actor with someone who *probably* auditioned for it?


So, your challenge today is take your favorite SF/F film, recast the main role, and give a prediction as to the general critical and movie-goer reaction might have been. Bonus points if you work up a poster for it.

Above, I’ve swapped out Matt Damon for Bradley Cooper in The Martian. Cooper’s headlined a handful of SciFi films, like Limitless and Guardians of the Galaxy. Critics noted that he was able to take his acting with critically-acclaimed movies like the Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper to new heights with Ridley Scott’s space flick.


Your turn: who would you swap out in a film?

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Just for fun, let’s replace Charlton Heston in the original Planet of the Apes with William Shatner. For the humor factor of watching Shatner ham it up into an Easter dinner.