This week, we were absolutely tickled by the news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is developing a remake of cult ’80s musical Little Shop of Horrors, in which he would star as uber-nerdy florist Seymour. We sincerely hope this project comes to fruition, because we think Gordon-Levitt has just the right combination of quirk and star appeal to make it work — though we don’t think any casting director could do better than Steve Martin for the dentist — and we’re interested to see how Audrey II would look with today’s technology. In any event, the news got us to thinking about other classic and cult musical movies we’d love to see remade today, and who might be the best person to star in them. Click through to see our dream stars for modern adaptations of some classic musicals, and let us know who you’d cast in the comments!
My Fair Lady — Emily Blunt
We think Emily Blunt would make a phenomenal Eliza Doolittle — not only could she pull off the gutter snipe and proper lady with equal aplomb, she has a natural sense of humor and glamorous goofiness that we think would be perfect in this musical. It’s very Hepburn, after all. Plus, though she’s not exactly known for it, she can definitely sing — and like any modern Eliza should, she sings both incredibly classily at fancy parties and drunk with her friends in bars.