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Old September 5 2010, 08:15 PM   #16
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Geordi would be gay and could shoot lasers from his VISOR
That is too awesome to contemplate.
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Old September 5 2010, 10:33 PM   #17
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Fourteen posts and no one said Wesley Snipes for Geordi LaForge? C'mon now!
He isn't an unknown. Still, I like the idea based on what Paramount released a few days ago.
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Old September 6 2010, 01:21 AM   #18
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It would be hard to do better than Timothy Dalton for Picard.
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Old September 6 2010, 03:08 AM   #19
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I'm not familiar with Haley's acting range to be honest, I only have X-Men 3 as my frame of reference. But given her appearance, she could believably be Beverley's daughter.
Well, that doesn't really follow, because if we're recasting the roles, we don't know what this version of Beverly would look like.


How about Jensen Ackles for Riker? He's only three years younger than Jonathan Frakes was back in '87.
A few weeks ago, I would've said no, since what I'd seen of him didn't impress me. But he did a great job as the voice of Red Hood in Batman: Under the Red Hood, so maybe.


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If it were done Abrams style, we'd have all the characters amp'd up. Riker would be a total "player", Picard a stodgy genius who hates children...
How is that different from the original?


The RedLetter review of ST'09 had some good insights into this and the stunning statistic that 90%+ of the last few years' films have all been reboots. Wow.
Not stunning to me. For most of history, the majority of literature and drama has been retellings of existing stories. Shakespeare practically never told an original story in his life. Sure, today there are more original stories being created, and they're nominally the preference in our culture, but you're never going to completely get rid of a pattern that's been a part of human creative habits since the dawn of human memory.
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Old September 6 2010, 04:38 AM   #20
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It would be hard to do better than Timothy Dalton for Picard.
That'd be great!
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Old September 6 2010, 09:01 AM   #21
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Well, that doesn't really follow, because if we're recasting the roles, we don't know what this version of Beverly would look like.
The person who recast Troi based their choice on her similarity to Marina Sirtis, so I thought we were going for people who'd be at least reminiscent of the original cast. Hence Jensen Ackles as Riker started out in season one as something of a 'pretty boy' before proving he was capable of being more serious and tough. Ackles I think can cover both angles.

How about Alicia Witt for Beverley? She's 35, only three years younger than Gates was at the start of the original TNG and I've seen her play a professional on Law and Order.
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Old September 6 2010, 06:37 PM   #22
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Well, that doesn't really follow, because if we're recasting the roles, we don't know what this version of Beverly would look like.
The person who recast Troi based their choice on her similarity to Marina Sirtis, so I thought we were going for people who'd be at least reminiscent of the original cast.
Yes, I know, because I was that person. But that was just an initial impulse and I'm willing to reconsider it.

I guess it depends on what you're going for. If the goal is an Abrams-style reboot where they're presumed to be the same individuals in a variant branch of the same reality, then naturally you'd be going for physical resemblance. But if it's the kind of reboot where you just completely start over from scratch and divorce yourself from prior continuity -- which is implicit in the suggestion of turning Wesley back into the girl he was originally supposed to be -- then there'd be no obligation to have the characters look similar any more than there was in Galactica or, say, the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 with Denzel Washington in the Walter Matthau role. Frankly I wouldn't mind a little more ethnic and gender diversity in the TNG cast. It didn't quite live up to the original intentions in that regard.
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Old September 6 2010, 07:20 PM   #23
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Laila Rouass from Primeval as Deanna.
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How about Alicia Witt for Beverley?
And they should make out. Seriously.
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Old September 6 2010, 07:24 PM   #24
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Hmm, if the idea is a hard reboot rather than a soft one, I shall have to consider my options further. Would the character names still be the same, or could that be part of the reboot?
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Old September 6 2010, 07:25 PM   #25
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Off the top of my head:

Picard: Timothy Dalton

Riker: Idris Elba or Anthony Mackie

Beverly Crusher: Cristina Hendricks or Alicia Witt

Geordi LaForge: Ken Leung

Data: A Latino actor

Troi: Hmmmm....

Tasha Yar: Dakota Fanning

Wesley/Leslie Crusher: Unknown/upcoming child actor

Worf: Some tall, buff actor (any racial background)
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Old September 6 2010, 08:48 PM   #26
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I think Naveen Andrews would be a decent Worf, especially if they play up the Worf who doesn't want to embrace their Klingon heritage.
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Old September 6 2010, 08:57 PM   #27
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I think Naveen Andrews would be a decent Worf, especially if they play up the Worf who doesn't want to embrace their Klingon heritage.
That will be a very dramatic Worf, if we had Andrews portraying the character...
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Old September 7 2010, 12:04 AM   #28
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The RedLetter review of ST'09 had some good insights into this and the stunning statistic that 90%+ of the last few years' films have all been reboots. Wow.
Not stunning to me. For most of history, the majority of literature and drama has been retellings of existing stories. Shakespeare practically never told an original story in his life. Sure, today there are more original stories being created, and they're nominally the preference in our culture, but you're never going to completely get rid of a pattern that's been a part of human creative habits since the dawn of human memory.
Excellent point, there's only so many actual stories to tell, or so the story goes...but I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing.
It's the same way with musical theater as I recently found out while writing songs for a BMI workshop (which I didn't get into) - almost all musical theater is based on an existing story.
But there is a difference between a retelling of one of the stories humanity has always gathered 'round to hear, and a remake of one of those retellings.
The difference is that in the retelling, there is still some original & creative energy directing it. We could say that Luke Skywalker is a retelling of Arthur, and Obi-Wan is Merlin. And these types of stories go back to antiquity. But it's different to just keep remaking Luke Skywalker due to "brand recognition" than to find new characters, even if they are based on ancient ones.
Any snake will eventually shed its skin though.
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Old September 7 2010, 12:45 AM   #29
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Excellent point, there's only so many actual stories to tell, or so the story goes...but I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing.
It's the same way with musical theater as I recently found out while writing songs for a BMI workshop (which I didn't get into) - almost all musical theater is based on an existing story.
But there is a difference between a retelling of one of the stories humanity has always gathered 'round to hear, and a remake of one of those retellings.
Again, most of Shakespeare's plays were remakes -- not just original tellings of classic themes and structures, but actual retellings of existing stories with (roughly) the same titles, plots, and characters, or fictionalizations (often grossly so) of real historical events. Not to mention all the Greek playwrights whose plays were retellings of existing myths. Sophocles didn't invent the characters of Oedipus, Jocasta, Antigone, and so on; he retold the existing myths about them in a new form. So it's a spurious distinction. Remakes, retellings, they're all part of the same continuum, the same human creative instinct to keep old stories alive.
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