I Know What You Did Last Summer... Where does one begin? Well first off, this film was 1/3 of my childhood. (The other 2/3 belonging to the Scream franchise and breathing.) I remember the day that my older sister took me to watch it in theaters, even though my mom didn't want me watching it at all (since it was PG-13 and I was only 10.) I remember dreaming of watching it ever since I'd seen the trailer, weeks before while my family and I watched Titanic in theaters and it showed up in the previews and I yelled out, "Buffy! Look mommy, it's Buffy!" I even remember the hideous outfit that my brother-in-law was wearing. It was one memorable day... All thanks to these four characters.
See, it's not just the plot that drives this movie (even though it's quite an intriguing plot)... It's the characters that are the true power source that drives IKWYDLS. Who didn't fall in love with Helen Shivers, portrayed by the wonderfully talented and undeniable hot Sarah Michelle Gellar, when she uttered the lines, "It's my goal to entertain the world through artistic expression. Through art, I shall serve my country." I mean, how lovingly blonde & tacky is that? Or how about the devilishly sexy Barry Cox, played by Ryan Phillipe, whom you just can't seem to hate because he's so hot? Or even Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes himself, Ray Bronson (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), who is just so handy to have around! And Julie James... Oh, that Julie James. A beautiful, voluptuous, breath-taking goddess...
WHO ON EARTH could replace these four?! And more importantly, WHY ON EARTH are we replacing these four?! I'll tell you why... Because it's FUN! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we may say that we hate reboots and are sick of all of these remakes but the truth is: we LOVE them! Not to mention the fact that the original was made practically two decades ago, so this film is way past due according to today's Hollywood standards (Spider-Man, much?) So let's just skip all of this its-too-early-to-redo-it bullsh*t and get straight to the point...
Who do we want to play these four iconic characters?
BOOM! Ashley Benson would KILL it as Helen Shivers!
Some of us know her as Hanna Marin from ABC's, "Pretty Little Liars", but most us remember her from the sex-fueled eye-candy, "Spring Breakers." Now let me be the first one to defend this gorgeous young woman...
- She definitely knows how to scream her lungs out, deliver a great chase scene, and be taunted by a vicious stalker. (Thanks to PLL.)
- She's beyond fine, and has one sexy-ass figure! (Thanks to Spring Breakers.)
- Just like how SMG was picked mostly due to her work on BtVS, it'd only make sense to cast another young ingenue TV star.
The point is: she's not the worst actress out there, but definitely not the best. Either way, she's playing a dumb blonde, hence she's basically playing herself. How hard could that be?
She could definitely fit with Cody Christian as Barry!
Who in the hell is that, right? His name is Cody Christian, and he's also another star from PLL. I know, I know... It wouldn't make sense to cast two actors from the same TV show. But hey... Didn't "Cruel Intentions" star SMG and Ryan Phillipe, who were both in IKWYDLS only one year prior? Yes, people, I've done my homework.
Something about him just fits. If anyone's seen him in PLL, then you know the boy is just filled with the same teen angst that Barry Cox exudes. So since we already know that he can play the spoiled bratty hottie, what's the problem?
Brenton Thwaites (the-boy-next-door) as Ray Bronson!
I must say, I fell in love with this guy after watching "The Giver." He is genuinely a great actor (he's fun, he's quirky, and if you look up recent photos- he can definitely pull off the rugged look) and seems to have a very promising future ahead of him... So why not start here?
He would be great as Ray, and would go perfect with who I cast as...
Nina Dobrev as Julie James, ladies and gentlemen!
You know that's who you wanted too! Doesn't she just scream Julie James? The long brown hair, the smoldering eyes, the luscious lips... I mean, just look at her for Christ sake! She is a walking goddess! Okay, she may not have the rack that Jennifer Love Hewitt had... But would you look at that face?! And here we would also have another situation in which a TV star is pulled into IKWYDLS (JLH from "Party of Five.")
At first, I thought of casting Danielle Campbell from the CW's "The Originals"... But then I re-watched an episode and realized... No. She would not be able to pull it off. So then I turned on the new episode of "The Vampire Diaries", and here she was! Julie James in the flesh! I knew I had got it wrong... And she was the missing link! And did I mention that she is SMOKING hot?
So what do you guys think? Am I on the dot? Or am I so far off that you want to strangle me in my sleep?