We recently found out that director Brett Ratner is working on hammering out the details on a project chronicling the first decade of MTV, a film adaptation of Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum’s book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. While it’s unclear what shape the project will take, the nostalgia fiends in us are totally psyched about this idea, and can’t wait to see who they might cast as the all-important original VJs (because this would be back when MTV actually had videos to jockey, of course). We’ve taken a stab at some high-profile casting choices for our dream version of the film — take a look through our picks and let us know who you would have chosen in the comments!
Martha Quinn — Emma Watson
Martha Quinn, who was one of the original VJs and saw the network through its first decade, is generally lauded as the best MTV VJ of all time. Adorable, spunky, funny, and the epitome of that girl-next-door-who-knows-about-bands thing that appeals to girls and guys alike, Dwight Garner even called her “so cute she could make your cranium detonate.” Emma Watson may be a little more refined than the relatively unexperienced Quinn, who joined the cast at 22, but she’s definitely brain-bustingly cute, and for some reason we have some confidence that she can play a know-it-all girl next door character with serious aplomb.