by Katie @ I’m Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read) (blue) and Eva (purple)
A few days ago Katie and I were chatting on Facebook and I mentioned that Disney is planning to do a live-action remake of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (are we even surprised anymore?). We chatted a bit about who Disney would cast and then had the idea of collabing on a blog post talking about our dream cast.
IT’S GONNA BE EPIC.
Epic is the word 😀 I haven’t seen too many Disney animated films, but ‘Hunchback’ is very, very special to me, as it is to Disney fans around the world . . . and deservedly so. It’s a beautiful story and it deserves the very best live-action version Disney can produce. So if they could just, y’know, take note of our dream cast, that’d be great. 😉
The Narrator/Clopin – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Because in what universe is this not perfect???? Seriously though, I feel like this dream casting is actually possible and I would loooove to see it. Lin is hugely talented; he’d fit the role of the mysterious and dramatic Clopin incredibly well. (I think Disney would beef up the role if they cast him because who doesn’t need more Lin-Manuel Miranda in their movie?)
Quasimodo – Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Ahhhhhhhhh, Andrew Keenan-Bolger . . . if you’ve seen him in Newsies or Tuck Everlasting, you know why we adore him so, the precious bean. (The smile alone is worth a million bucks.) More importantly, you know the man can SING. And you know he can play physically disabled characters with a convincing mixture of vulnerability & spirit (Crutchie!!!) We think he’d be a perfect Quasimodo.
Frollo – Peter Capaldi
Tell me you don’t want to see Peter Capaldi’s face twisted with rage and agony and desperate desire in a firelit room with crazy shadows morphing into demons and pitchforks and what not. GO ON AND TELL ME. ‘Cause I won’t believe you. 😛 This guy was born to play Frollo. Eva and Katie have spoken, and it must and shall be so.
Esmeralda – Zendaya
No, Zendaya isn’t Romani. And I respect the opinion that this fact could disqualify her. But, as a person of color, I believe she could bring the requisite personal experience of racial oppression to the role of Esmeralda–and, guys, I’m just really really really in love with her singing okay. I mean??? Greatest Showman??? A little movie y’all may or may not have heard of??? If I could hear that soft, husky voice of hers do the high note at the end of “God Help the Outcasts” I would die happy and never ask for anything more in this world.
[I’m kidding. Kind of.]
Phoebus – Tom Felton
Yes, I admit that this casting was based on my not-so-secret liking for Tom Felton. But you’ve got to admit it’s a good idea! He’s blond, for one thing, and for another I could see him playing up the jerk side of Phoebus a little (which is more accurate to the book) while still being super sweet in the end. ❤
Victor, Hugo, and Laverne (aka the gargoyles) – (respectively) Alan Tudyk, Hank Azaria, and Angela Lansbury
I’m actually hoping that Disney excises the gargoyles in favor of some toned-down, mood-appropriate comic relief (maybe Lin’s Clopin) but if they decide not to…I have the perfect voice cast. *smirks* Alan Tudyk, Hank Azaria, and Angela Lansbury are all seasoned voice actors and Tudyk and Lansbury have already voiced characters in Disney movies.
But I really hope there’s no need for them. *winks*
The Archdeacon – Leslie Odom Jr.
This may seem weird because Leslie Odom Jr. is a person of color and the Archdeacon is very much French/“white,” but, fellas, I just can’t think of another actor I’d rather see in this role. I love everything about him. I love his calming, yet imposing, presence and his soothing voice. I think he’d make an incredibly memorable Archdeacon; and I would die to see him confront Peter Capaldi as Frollo: “You never can run or hide what you’ve done from the eyes of Notre Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame…”
Quasimodo’s mother – Gal Gadot
No role is too small to escape the scrutiny of Eva and Katie! Muahahaha. We both think that Gal Gadot is perfect to play Quasimodo’s mother. With her accent and dark hair, she could be a believable Gypsy. And her natural charm and warmth would make her death all the more tragic.
Plus, we just really, really like Gal Gadot. 😉
So, do you agree with our casting choices? Who do you hope to see in Disney’s live-action ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’?
Eva (& Katie)