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8 Color-Blind Recastings Of Classic Films

In response to the Aloha casting controversy.

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If Hollywood films are so intent on continuing to cast white actors in the role of ethnic characters, then it's only fitting that actors of color should be able to make some of Hollywood's classics their own...

1. Like Idris Elba and Lupita Nyong'o in Charade.

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Idris is suave and debonair like Cary Grant. Lupita is as effortlessly gorgeous and refined as Audrey Hepburn. Pair both of them in this classic film, and if it does well, follow it up with a Roman Holiday remake.

Lupita is too gorgeous to be confined to CGI and makeup like she is in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

2. Godfrey Gao in Rebel Without a Cause.

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Godfrey Gao is a young, sexy actor in his prime. He's perfect to step into the James Dean role in Rebel Without a Cause and create sexual awakenings for thousands of teen girls who rarely get to see an Asian man lead a non–martial arts film, let alone be a romantic lead.

3. Laverne Cox in Carmen Jones.

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The sultry and sexy Laverne Cox is perfect to step into the role of Carmen Jones, a woman who drives men to the brink of insanity with her beauty.


4. Gina Rodriguez in Bullit.

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The ever-so-versatile actor Gina Rodriguez should not only star in Bullit, she should play the Steve McQueen role. Films like Lucy and Mad Max: Fury Road prove time and time again that audiences want action roles for women, even if Hollywood doesn't see it.

5. Daniel Henney in Cool Hand Luke.

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If you try to name a modern actor as mesmerizing as Paul Newman in his heyday, you'll surely land on Daniel Henney. He's never looked more leading-man material than he wasmatched with Gwyneth Paltrow, one of Hollywood's most famous leading women.

6. Jaime Camil and Lucy Liu in Adam's Rib.

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If you're making a screwball comedy, then you're definitely going to need Jaime Camil in it. He's one of Jane the Virgin's breakout stars for a reason. And Lucy Liu does comedy and elegance as expertly as Katharine Hepburn, so she's a natural counterpart for a modern Adam's Rib.

7. Danielle Brooks in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Danielle Brooks is charming and hilarious in OrangeIs the New Black, so there's no reason to believe that wouldn't translate to her taking on the role Julie Andrews originated in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

8. Fan Bingbing in How to Marry a Millionaire.

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We'll let you keep Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable in their roles, but Fan Bingbing will step into Marilyn Monroe's shoes through modern technology. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg love adding modern updates to classic films, so let them take the helm and splice Queen Fan into this cinematic classic.