The Search for Buffy Summers – Our Casting Suggestions for the Impending Reboot…

So last winter we learned that Warner Brothers was planning to reboot the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The reboot was not based of the original’s success, but instead the cult following created by the TV show that started in 1997, 5 years after the movies. The creator – Joss Whedon – was offered a chance to get involved and passed. So let’s start off by saying this: Without Joss Whedon this shouldn’t even be made. 

Whedon created the characters, wrote, produced, and directed the movie, wrote, produced, and directed the show, and writes the comics. This is his baby, it is why we know his name. Along with the spin-off show Angel, the world of Buffy is vast, and after the Twilight craze, in today’s Hollywood, it was only a matter of time till some intrepid studio head decided this needed a re-boot. It just doesn’t seem right without Joss at the head.  

BUT, it’s getting made anyhow, and as ‘Buffy Fans’, Michelle and I have decided to take a look at the upcoming project and let you know who we think could fill the shoes once worn by Kristy Swanson and more recently, Sarah Michelle Geller

 

So first, Michelle’s thoughts…

Buffy Can Do The Single Ladies Dance!

A rumor recently surfaced about who might play ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in the new Warner Bros. movie reboot. The rumor named Glee star Heather Morris as the top pick for the new Ms. Summers.

According to the magical internet machine in my living room, she was singled out because of her background in gymnastics and dance, making her athletic. She also would be a pretty damn good-looking Buffy… in my opinion. Although Warner Brothers sent a statement saying that the Heather Morris rumor is untrue, and that discussions about casting won’t occur until after the script is completely done, it got me to thinking about who would make a good on-screen Buffy.

Which brings me to my next point:

Michelle’s TOP 3 PICKS FOR BUFFY (other than Heather Morris):

#1. Eliza Dushku:

Eliza played Faith on the original Buffy TV series. I think not only did she do a great job, but she would know the role better than anyone. She is athletic and attractive, but has an incredible fierce attitude that would be necessary by a badass such as Buffy. The only problem? Trying to get her to dye her hair.


#2. Leighton Meester:

Meester has had guest roles on shows such as Veronica Mars, 24 and Entourage, as well as starring in the new thriller The Roommate, where she played… well… a psycho. She did an amazing job, and has had experience being weird, yet totally together. She would be a great choice. She is fit and young and is very professional. She would fit more into the type of character that Kristy Swanson played in the movie… a tad ditzy and cutesy, but she gets her slay on.

Here is when ‘Debbie’ got killed off on 24. Haha. That was hilarious.

#3. Emma Stone:

Stone has impressed me greatly in her somewhat short career. She has proven herself time and time again… she doesn’t do shitty movies. She showed her athleticism off in Zombieland which is one of my favorite movies. She would bring a new funny modern twist to Buffy because she has a ‘tude, and we know she can kick some ass. Her brassy demeanor and gorgeous presence makes me think that she would be a prime candidate for such a remake.


All of this being said, if Joss Whedon isn’t involved, I know that a lot of fans will not see this remake. It will be hard to get over that detail, but I do believe that no matter what, if they cast it properly it will be great. Buffy is a great character.

Ok, so I like Heather Morris as much as the next red-blooded male, and I’d actually be behind her casting – HOWEVER, with no formal training from an acting stand point, and only minimal experience as a secondary character on Glee, I see her as a long shot. And I’m fairly certain the only reason she’s even being talked about, is this:

And what a reason it is…

So, anyhow, as much flack as the show took from non-fans, though out it’s course there actually was some pretty heavy drama from time to time, so bit of acting aptitude should be taken into account for what could turn into a whole series of movies…

Kronner’s Top 3 Picks…

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Kronner is gonna say Kristen Bell, but once, you’re wrong. Her name has been thrown around a few places, but she already owned the High School scene for 2 seasons worth of Veronica Mars and I doubt that now, come up on 30, she’d want back down that road. I’ve also heard Summer Glau‘s name, but again, I think she’s past the point of play a teenager. And of course there were the rumors about Megan Fox, but I think her career is headed no where but down from here…

So who does that leave?

#1. Emily Browning

 Sucker Punch was nothing great, but you can’t knock Emily’s performance in it, nor can you say it doesn’t at least qualify her for some consideration here. At only 22 years old, she could easily pass as a High Schooler, and she has both the acting chops and body to meet the demands of the movie. She, as of now, would be my first choice. (Plus ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ was throughly entertaining…)

#2. Lyndsy Fonseca

She’s already dressed for Slayer Training…

My 2nd choice would have to be the star of the CW show Nikita. Based (obviously) of the French movie La Femme Nikita, Lyndsy plays a kick-ass spy on the show, and I’m sure she could play a kick-ass Slayer in the movies. Not to mention her choice of roles over the last few years (Heroes, Kick-Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine) give the impression she’d be all about killings some vamps…

#3. Evan Rachel Wood 

Wood has plenty of experience with vampires playing the Queen of Louisiana on True Blood, but as her schedule has just cleared up, this is a 23-year-old who could easily pass for  16, especially when you consider that Swanson was 23 when the original movie came out. Wood can act, looks the part, and would no doubt be available.

The Watcher (Merrick/Giles)   Sean Bean


The role of ‘Buffy’s Watcher’ is an important one, as he is not only the man who trains her, but a father figure as well. Sean Bean, the 52-year-old, recently unemployed star of HBO’s Game of Thrones could be a great fit as the man who must train this generation’s slayer. Maybe ‘dork’ him up a bit, but this would give you an established star with over-lapping fanbases. Most Buffy fans aren’t known for hating on Lord of the Rings afterall…

And while the following characters weren’t in the movie, they made the show work and it’d be strange to not include them… 

XanderJeremy Allen White: The 19-year-old White plays Lip Gallagher on Showtime’s Shameless, and is easily my favorite character (outside of Emmy Rossum’s boobs), and could no doubt pull off the role of the dorky friend who is infatuated with the Slayer. This results in a truly identifiable character for the guys watching…

WillowMolly C. Quinn: Quinn, 18, plays Nathan Fillion’s daughter on the ABC show Castle. She’s a brainy redhead who seems almost molded after the original Willow character…you know before all the lesbian Wiccan stuff anyway.

Characters like Angel, Spike, and Faith could be best left for a sequel, while Dawn could be left out entirely…

So those are our suggestions, what’d you think? Who is your pick for Sunnydale’s next protector?


4 thoughts on “The Search for Buffy Summers – Our Casting Suggestions for the Impending Reboot…”

  1. I like Emily Browning. I think she would do a very good job. she really proved herself in sucker punch. she’s a cute blonde too. I think Emma Stone needs to take a break. I like her a lot but shes too popular now, give a different girl a chance at a big role. she wouldn’t make a good buffy to me anyways. sorry michelle.

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  2. i’m not an authority on anything buffy-related, but regarding remakes, i was just talking about this kind of thing with a friend of mine no less than a few hours ago…(and i guess i feel like venting, because holy hell, i wrote a lot)

    for awhile now, movies have trended towards remakes, sequels and the gritty-reboots…why? because in a world where nobody knows what’s cool anymore, and even GOOD ideas are risky, tried-and-true franchises with die-hard fans are the safest place for studios to make money…

    the buffy franchise is most certainly joss whedon’s baby, so why would he not want to be involved in it? well, who wants to be a part of seeing their baby glitzed-up whored-out for the sake of making a few bucks? pimpin’ aint easy to begin with, but its another thing entirely to take your life’s work from its grave and beat it until it turns tricks on a street corner…i knew nothing about joss whedon before reading this article, but i respect him for not getting involved in what’s going to happen…

    because what’s going to happen is the sick-system of hollywood is going to run its game all over buffy’s body(hot)…the game works like this: revisit a franchise that has a latent, but hardcore fanbase, and make a movie (any movie you want, really…a love story, revenge story, dr. kronner story) around that theme…after happening upon even a little bit of advertising, superfans will decide to pay for a ticket to the show long before they can tell their friends that it sucked…

    because most loyal fans don’t wait to hear from others–after all, how can they wait? i mean, a new james bond/mortal kombat/harry potter/teenage mutant ninja turtles movie is coming out! and COME ON, they’ve been SUCH a fan of transformers/saw/fast and the furious/star wars/x-men for so long now, that it doesnt matter! we’re going, tell your boss you’re going to be sick that night…from NOSTALGIA TOXICITY…

    and if it bombs, it bombs…but if it makes a metric shitload of money on its opening weekend, all that needs to be done is just rinse and repeat until the franchise is milked for all it can be, and studios move onto the next ripe plum…

    …and what’s not juicy enough to make a studio want to bite on a buffy the vampire slayer movie?

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  3. I’m not just saying this because I can’t stand Joss Whedon, but just because the creator doesn’t want to be involved with this current project doesn’t mean it shouldn’t continue. A lot of old ideas can flourish with new vision, even better than they were before. If someone else can make Buffy as fresh as it was during its first three seasons then more power to them.

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