I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is Disney saw my last recast meme
, took it to heart & now there's a live-action Winnie the Pooh movie
in the works. The good news? Disney fans don't know where I live so they won't be storming at my door anytime soon! Nya-nya-nya-nya nyaaaa-nyaaaa! Ha-ha-ha-ha-haaa-haaa!
For the next of my L.A.D.s, we have one of my favorite modern Disney flicks, the Princess and the Frog
. We all know how great this movie is; the 2D animation return, the Randy Newman music/songs, everything. Once I saw this movie, I started thinking "how would a Broadway play of this look?" Because... c'mon. You REALLY wanna see this adapted to the silver stage more than Frozen. Besides from that, here's how the great cast of characters would be in live-action form.LUPITA NYONG'O AS TIANA
The first thing I had in mind was not
to have a modern pop singer in the role; singers like Beyonce, Alicia Keys or Jennifer Hudson... even though these three were actually considered for the role & Hudson did her in a portrait
. Not to disrespect them, just... it's hard to explain. Then after seeing some clips from 12 Years a Slave & her win at the Oscars, Lupita Nyong'o seemed perfect. She looks the right age & people have been making the comparison already
so why not join the bandwagon?CAUA REYMOND AS NAVEEN
Naveen was sort of hard. That's most because trying to find some kind of real life actor that seems similar to this Maldonia that Naveen hails from. He seems like a European-Brazilian type, so I just pulled Caua Reymond at random.
As you can see, LOUIS
is the only one I haven't cast yet. It's hard to think of a good comedic jazzy black actor. James Monroe Iglehart seemed too on the nose, Cedric the Entertainer I didn't know how comedic he can be, Anthony Anderson has too high a voice & James Avery's dead. I didn't wanna have Michael Leon-Wooley, Louis' voice, do the role again 'cause that might be considered last-minute laziness. If anybody has a suggestion for ol' Louis, I'd be glad to hear it.STEVE WHITMIRE AS RAY
I didn't wanna use Larry the Cable Guy. Ray does have a little redneck in him, but it's more southern than Larry's all-American redneck. He put it best himself: "Oo, Ima Cajin, brah! Born n' breed ina bayou!" I didn't know any other redneck actors other than Larry, so I then thought of Steve Whitmire. Yes, Disney doesn't give a rat's ass about the Muppeteers; glad we got that outta the way. In the Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
, Steve played the Stuckweed who sang "Take the First Step"
. The voice he used sounds an awful lot like Ray, doesn't it? Just put a little more Cajun in it & boom! You got Raymond!LANCE REDDICK AS DR. FACILIER
This I've seen some interesting cast choices from others for this baddie, like Eddie Murphy or Prince. Eddie seems too comical for a villainous role & Prince... I'm kinda mixed on. Lance Reddick seemed to be fitting for the role.QUEEN LATIFAH AS MAMA ODIE
Lemme guess: "Queen Latifah's not old enough." There's prosthetic & makeup. She's done grandmother-friendly-ish characters before in Hairspray
, ironically both refered to as Mama. If Maya Angelou didn't pass away, she could play her in place of Latifah, but for the time being now...KRISTIN CHENOWETH AS CHARLOTTE
This was the easiest. What can you say about Kristin playing Lottie? Match made in heaven. Basically a more comical Glinda from Wicked.TIMOTHY SPALL AS LAWRENCE
Lawrence is a good guy turned bad. Remember Timothy Spall's character Nathaniel from Enchanted
? He's the reversal; a bad guy turned good. Aside from that, Timothy's played those kind of slimy double-crossing characters before, like in the Harry Potter movies.NICHELLE NICHOLOS & IDIS ELBA AS TIANA'S PARENTS
These two I just chose at random just like Naveen. Not much else to say.JOHN GOODMAN AS "BIG DADDY"
Yes, John played Big Daddy in the original, but who else could play him? John's a southern boy anyway & Big Daddy seems like a caricature of Goodman with some slight changes. Besides, he once played the KFC kernel
& that helped the illusion much more. Who ELSE
would be better?A GREEN LOUISIANA ANACONDA AS JUJU
This took a little bit of research. I first searched for what kind of snakes live in Louisiana, to be accurate. Then I narrowed it down to what snake seemed to look the closest to Juju, which happens to be a green Louisiana anaconda.
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