Casting Call: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Reboot Fantasy Picks
Jennifer Lawrence as Jeanie Bueller
Jennifer Grey’s Jeanie Bueller was dark, tough, sardonic and simply infatuated with tarnishing her brother Ferris’ pristine reputation with their parents. Grey hails from a time in Hollywood where nose jobs ended careers rather than bolster their longevity.
With that said (the former… not so much the latter), the role would demand an equally dark, snarky and tough actress. I can think of no other better candidate than Katniss herself, Jennifer Lawrence. Her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” was the ideal audition reel, proving Lawrence can balance dark and comedic with tremendous success.
Mathew Broderick & Mia Sara as Mr. and Mrs. Bueller
Bueller’s parents are not necessarily major players in the film, although their presence does hold significance. While Ferris strives to keep their image of him pristine, Jeanie strives to tarnish it. I think it would be a great nod to the iconic original to cast both Matthew Broderick and Mia Sara as the new parents. It would both give audiences (me) a glimpse into their (my) childhood and bring two seasoned actors close to the original, as well as chance to add a sense of continuity.
Steve Carrell as Economics Teacher
Who can forget Ben Stein’s famous “Bueller… Bueller…” scene? No one, that’s who (unless you never saw it, then you wouldn’t know it to forget it). I think Steve Carrell would be the ideal modern match to the desert dry economics teacher. Taking the deadpan Brick character from “Anchorman” and add a professorial twist, which should be no sweat for the oscar worthy Carrell, and you have the perfect predecessor.
Bradley Cooper as Juvenile Delinquent
This leaves us with Jeanie’s police station delinquent druggie day dream. Originally played by Charlie Sheen (who drew his motivation from his own life apparently), this scene is just as memorable as Ferris channeling John Lennon with his parade ensconced performance of “Twist and Shout.” So, since we are going with the “Silver Lining Playbook” Lawrence, let’s bring her on-screen counterpart Bradley Cooper in as the bad-boy to her Jeanie. Take Coopers careless “Hangover” attitude and add a few “research” sessions with Charlie Sheen and I’m sure he will hit the mark. Honestly, Cooper’s body of work is so diverse that I am confident he can play pretty much any role.