Ok, here’s my project I spent entirely too long working on. Let me know what you think.
I regularly have vivid dreams. I recently had a dream where a remake of Streets of Fire was playing in the background, except Tom Cody was played by a black actor.
This got me thinking. Back in the day, when I worked in a video store, one of the games we would play was imagining a remake of a movie and what modern actors would play the roles. It was a great thought experiment and a great way to kill time when business was slow.
A modern version of that game could be re-casting a remake of a movie with an all female cast, a more diverse cast, or, as inspired above, an all black cast. This idea is, at least partially, inspired by Black Harry Potter from Twitter last year (which is a remake I would totally watch).
Here’s my casting ideas for a remake of one of my favorites, Streets of Fire, with an all black cast.
Tom Cody – Classic tough guy, cast in a hardboiled mode, home from the war and can’t/won’t settle into civilian life. Confident, competant, and capabale, never any doubt that he can handle himself in any situation. Originally played by Michael Pare. There’s a couple of options here: Michael P Jordan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Mahershala Ali
Ellen Aim – Part Siren, part chanteuse. All femme fatale energy. Tougher and more independant than anyone realizes. Wants better for herself. Played by Dianne Lane
Tiffany Haddish (I though about going with a singer but ultimately decided to go with an actress)
Billy Fish – Man, I can’t figure this one out. Originally played by Rick Moranis, Fish is a blustery businessman who thinks he can negotiate his way out of any problem. Not a tough guy but is not afraid of Cody, mainly because he thinks he’s better than him. Played by Rick Moranis.
McCoy – Another soldier looking for a war. If Cody has a little bit of the reluctant fighter in him, McCoy is always spoiling for a fight. McCoy was originally played by Amy Madigan.
Tarij P Henson
Raven – Slimy, sinister leather daddy, almost cartoonishly bad, but all evil. Originally played by Willem Defoe. Donald Glover
Reva – Cody’s steadfast sister and the steady one in the family. No hothouse flower this one, she’s sidelined for much of the action but there’s no doubt she could handle herself. Originally played by Deborah Van Valkenburg. Gabrielle Union
Greer – Small but memorable role played by old-school punk by Lee Ving. He is Raven’s right hand man. Ving Rhames (originally had Tracey Morgan in this spot)
Clyde – Another small but memorable role. Partly memorable because he was played by Bill Paxton if we’re being honest. Bokeem Woodbine
Torchies band – Torchies is the memorable baddie bar where Ellen Aim is being held. It exudes an over the top energy and charm. The house band was oroginly played by The Blasters. Streets of Fire was originally called a Rock & Roll Fable, if that tone is maintained: Fishbone or Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears. However, my left field choice is Tank and the Bangas. If a different tone was taken, like A Hip Hop Fable, then maybe you go Roots.
Dancer at Torchies – Lisa Codrington, who plays Gail in Letterkenny, would have a blast with this role.
Additionally, you can have a ton of fun by stocking various Bombers with a who’s who of older, black actors. Basically, a bunch of grey beards sitting on bikes looking tough: Keith David, Lawrence Fishburn, Forrest Whitaker, Delroy Lindo, Glynn Thurman, Lance Reddick, Clarke Peters, Frankie Faison, Robert Wisdom, Isaiah Whitlock Jr, Brian anthony Wilson, Danny Glover, Joe Morton, Richard Roundtree.
You get the idea.