On Thursday, March 10th, Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrated 19 years since it premiered on the WB television network. The show followed the high school, college, and adult life of Buffy Summers, a girl chosen to fight against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness.
Described as My So-Called Life meets The X-Files by show creator Joss Whedon, the show changed the landscape of television. It paved the way for many other shows with strong female leads in precarious situations. The show ran for 7 seasons (5 on the WB network, 2 on UPN) and has ended up on various top lists of the greatest shows of all time. To celebrate the anniversary, Buffy herself -Sarah Michelle Gellar- posted this message on Facebook showing her appreciation to the fans:
In a time where no show is safe from being rebooted, I believe it's only a matter a time before we see one for Buffy. My hope is that a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu will be the ones behind it making it a miniseries. But who could be cast to replace the original line-up of the show?
Buffy Summers - Emily Kinney
Best known for her portrayal as Beth Greene from AMC's The Walking Dead, Emily Kinney gets my vote to become the next protector of the night. Emily has already shown her ability to embody a character that can be both strong willed and assertive while also showing how vulnerable she can be.
Willow Rosenberg - Anna Kendrick
The character who perhaps goes through the most changes throughout the series is Willow. From her book/computer nerd beginnings, Willow goes on to become an all-powerful goddess by the show's end. Her character is the stuff actresses dream of playing, and I can't think of anyone better to take on the challenge then Anna Kendrick. The actress has built her career on playing shy and sweet overachievers and her ability to express her emotions effortlessly is perfect for the ever-changing character of Willow.
Xander Harris - Josh Hutcherson
The character of Xander can be summed up in this quote from fellow character Cornelia Chase:
It must be really hard when all your friends have, like, superpowers; Slayer, werewolf, witches, vampires; and you're, like, this little nothing. You must feel like Jimmy Olsen.
Xander is the comic relief for the series, and his main struggle throughout the series is finding a way to grow up. What he lacks in powers he makes up for in bravery, often putting himself in harm's way to protect his friends.
His unwavering loyalty to Buffy makes Josh Hutcherson the perfect choice to take on the role of Xander. He has already proved how well he can play the boy with a crush in the Hunger Games films, even if this time he won't get the girl.
Cordelia Chase - Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Cordelia Chase is another character on the show with an interesting arc. The most popular girl in school starts the series as the typical horror movie teenage girl, seemingly not the brightest and often in need of rescue. The character was created to be a foil for Buffy, portraying the qualities that Buffy herself once identified with.
Jurnee has had a number of starting roles in shows like Friday Night Lights and True Blood. It was her guest role on the show Grey's Anatomy - playing a young girl ridden with tumors - that left a lasting impression on me. While being in the business for 20 years, Jurnee is still relatively unknown to audiences. This makes her the perfect fit to destroy expectations in a role where not much would be expected.
Rupert Giles - Chiwetel Ejiofor
The role of Rupert Giles is the one role of the series that I feel needs an Academy Award-caliber actor to bring some credibility to this reboot. As Watcher to the slayer, the character of Giles is a father figure to Buffy and the rest of the Scooby Gang.
While initially portrayed as the upright authority figure in Buffy's life, Giles' rebellious past is later revealed. No one would be better at portraying the inner strength and smarts of Giles than Chiwetel.
While some of the people on my list might be impossible to get for a show like this, it doesn't hurt to dream. Let's hope if someone does decide to reboot one of the greatest shows of all time, they are thinking big like me.