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Welcome to another edition of my "Disney live-action fan casting" series, in which I take a classical #Disney #animation and try to find the right actors to portray the film on-screen today.

Recently, so many Disney films are being rebooted into live action, and it seems like any other one could end up on the list soon, so isn't it entirely possible that #TheHunchbackOfNotreDame, the classic tale of a deformed man who overcame his evil master for love, will be next? Let me wet your appetite for such a potential film with my favorite fan casting yet!

Eddie Redmayne As Quasimodo

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Working Title Films
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Working Title Films

If there is an actor in the universe who has proved their diversity in the last few years it's Eddie Redmayne. Between his roles in The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl, not to mention his leading man experience in #FantasticBeastsandWhereToFindThem, it seems like Redmayne could pretty much do anything, especially if he had a little help from CGI, which may well be needed for the role of Quasimodo. I think Redmayne is perfect for this role in so many ways, and I would love to see him in that position.

Selena Gomez As Esmeralda

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Netflix
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Netflix

Selena Gomez has really impressed me with her last few roles. She's moved away from typecast roles and has opened up to a much more diverse and exciting range. I absolutely loved The Fundamentals of Caring, and I think the role Selena had in that film really relates to Esmeralda. Both are lost, both are rebellious and have a much softer side to their nature once you get to know them, and I think we could easily see her taking on this role alongside Redmayne.

Charles Dance As Frollo

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and HBO
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and HBO

Yeah, it is a little obvious, but that's kind of what makes it perfect. Charles Dance played the cold, calculating mastermind Tywin Lannister on #GameOfThrones all the way until (SPOILERS) his untimely death at the hands of his son. Nevertheless, Dance was amazing, and so many of his roles are similar to Tywin and Frollo, it would be like putting on an old pair of shoes for Dance to play this role, and it would be just so, so awesome!

Channing Tatum As Phoebus

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Sony Pictures
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Sony Pictures

Channing Tatum is great at playing the cocky yet lovable character. He does it a lot, and Phoebus is exactly that. He has good intentions, but he also has his own way of doing things. I can imagine him bringing his unique brand of comedy to the role, and his dry wit would fit perfectly as the guard captain. Tatum knows how to play conflicted, and Phoebus is certainly that, having to go against the law to protect the gypsy people.

Sacha Baron Cohen As Clopin

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures

A no-brainer, if you look at the eccentric gypsy leader Clopin for a few seconds, and hear him speaking, it becomes clear that you need someone who loves dressing up in crazy costumes and jumping around doing insane things. That is Sacha Baron Cohen to a T, and he has got the diversity to pull off just about any role at this point. Plus, I would really like to see him narrating the film like Clopin did for some of the original.

Gary Oldman As Victor

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Legendary Entertainment
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Legendary Entertainment

Gary Oldman's voice is just amazing, and if you think about the gentle, upper-class nature of Victor's voice, the gargoyle and Oldman would go perfectly together. Oldman would be great as Victor, and his witty humor would be brilliantly showcased in this role.

Danny DeVito As Hugo

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and FX
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and FX

I love Danny DeVito. This man is in his seventies but he's just been getting more and more hilarious. His current role in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is absolutely insane, and so is Hugo, a lovable and yet absent-minded gargoyle. For those who don't watch the show, DeVito's character in It's Always Sunny is pretty much summed up as lovable and absent-minded.

Helen Mirren As Laverne

Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures
Credit to Walt Disney Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures

Laverne is a no-nonsense gargoyle who pretty much gets annoyed at everything (except Quasimodo of course). She does give him great advice when he needs it, and Helen Mirren is like that in too many of her films to even count (in RED, she assassinates 20 or 30 people before giving dating advice to one of her friends). She perfectly rounds out our trio of gargoyles and our fan cast.

So that's all folks! Did you agree with my choices or have you got your own plans for who should be in a Hunchback of Notre Dame reboot? Let me know in the comments.

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