Just hanging around lots of Disney fans here on the boards and my choice of Halloween costume can inspire thoughts to create stuff, so here I am with a fun "Let's pretend" game.
Let's say you're a Hollywood casting agency, and Disney has just called you to say that they have green-lighted a live-action version of the 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland. You have been chosen for this movie and you want to cast many of the roles from this film. Although the first and final scenes would be updated as contemporary scenes, and two numbers from the original film - Twas Brilling and The Un-Birthday Song - would be in full production number use instead of being condensed, the rest of the film (live-action with some CGI elements) would retain the charm of the original.
Here's the major contemporary scene: A college student, Allison Liddell, is studying to become a [insert tough major here] in modern-day [city here] when upon seeing a six-foot-tall white rabbit, she falls into a wild and wacky world, and is changed from her modern clothes into the familiar outfit of that ten-year old girl. Now for the first round of casting:
- Allison/Alice would be played by Mandy Moore. She's an excellent singer and has unlike Brittney or Lindsay steered away from the pitfalls of being a young star. The White Rabbit would be played by Rick Schroder.
- For Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, I went with John Cleese and Eric Idle, two veteran members of the Monty Python troupe that have played off each other well. For the Walrus and Carpenter song, Frank Calliendo plays the Walrus (with prostetics) and Matthew Perry is the Carpenter.
- As much as I hate the franchise that is High School Musical, Corbin Bleu would be chosen to play the Cheshire Cat, and his modern take on Twas Brilling, a/k/a "Jabberwocky" would be fun in a production number.
- Another production number (namely The Un-Birthday Song) would be at the Tea Party, where I cast the voice of Abagail Breslin for the CGI Doormouse, and in the live action roles, Steve Martin as The Mad Hatter and Daniel Radcliffe would play The March Hare.
- I had a semi-hard time for the role of the Queen of Hearts, but choosing Vanessa Williams (the former dethroned Miss America) would be great, and her henpecked husband, the King of Hearts, would be played by Chris Tucker.
Do you have any ideas for the other roles such as the Caterpillar (who instead of smokes from a hookah, blows bubbles) or other characters from the movie? Who would you choose instead of those I have already chosen? Please feel free to post those ideas here.