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9 Classic Movie Musicals That Could Benefit From Black Actor Remakes

The updated version of Annie starring critical darling Quvenzhané Wallis is a good start. But we can do better, Hollywood.

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4. Victor Victoria

Julie Andrews delivered an inspired performance as a woman who passes as a female impersonator in 1934 Paris. (She's a woman pretending to be a man who is pretending to be a woman. Get it?) Why not consider redoing this film and casting breakout Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba — a trained opera singer — in the lead role? It's not the craziest thing imaginable!


6. Grease 2

In the follow-up to the period classic (see above), Michelle Pfeiffer pulled off a pouty-lipped portrayal of Pink Ladies leader Stephanie Zinone with perfection; perhaps Rihanna can follow suit should Hollywood continue its love affair with sequels?

7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This cult classic musical comedy is ripe for a remix. How about having Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor fill in for Tim Curry's Dr. Frank N. Furter? Ejiofor pulled off that level of fierceness — and then some — in 2005's Kinky Boots, where he portrayed Lola, a drag queen who forms an unlikely partnership with a shoe factory owner. Now imagine Ejiofor taking on "Sweet Transvestite." Done.

9. My Fair Lady

Audrey Hepburn as the Cockney-voiced Eliza Doolittle was masterful in the 1964 film, but in a modern world where you could combine class and race... and have it star Broadway superstar Audra McDonald in the lead role? We'd drop the mic on that too.