Badcasting ‘SKYSCRAPER’

Welcome to Badcast! A new way for you to kill time at work or something to read while ignoring your responsibilities! Here we will take a look at past films and reimagine them with a much different cast. This isn’t a reflection on the quality of the film or the talents of specific actors or actresses but instead looking at what could have been. 

This week’s film: Skyscraper.


This article will be SPOILER FREE so if you haven’t seen the film yet read away!

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Will Sawyer-Bruce Willis

Will Sawyer is a man who knows 3 things: where the nearest weight room is, building security and most important, family. I can not think of another actor who showcases all three of these attributes more than the guy who voiced ‘Mikey’ in Look Who’s Talking Too.

Willis has shown range as both a charismatic leading man and as a gruff action star (see The Expendables, The Expendables 2 or Cop Out). He has yet to land the lead of a popular action film that really sticks with audiences. Everyone assumed that would be RED but it looks like we’ll have to keep waiting.

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 Sarah Sawyer-Bonnie Bedelia

It took me a while to find an actress who could show strong paternal prowess and portray a likable mother and then I realized, who better than the matriarch of the Braverman family in Parenthood! If you’ve seen Parenthood than you know Bedelia has the strength of a tough mother as well as the range to show courage even in difficult times. These are the qualities that really shine in Skyscraper’s script and through the characterization of Sarah.

I also feel like she would play well with Bruce Willis.

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Georgia Sawyer- Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Casting older parents also means casting older children. As we’ve seen in her recent stints in The Spectacular Now, The Thing and the third season of Fargo, Winstead is a dramatic actress on the rise. She has the bravado to speak her mind and show any assailants she isn’t to be messed with.

Like she said to her captor in that documentary, 10 Cloverfield Lane, “Let me out of your sex dungeon, John Goodman!”

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Henry Sawyer- Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney: Australia’s Sweetheart (apologies to Luke Hemsworth). Jai has been trying to land his breakout role in a franchise for the last few years. He was most recently in such films as Terminator GenisysSuicide Squad and I, Frankenstein.

I think the perfect role for this man is to play a frightened child in Skyscraper. The only acting he has to do is scream and act scared, similar to how audiences reacted to Terminator Genisys, Suicide Squad and I, Frankenstein.

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Inspector Wu- Reginald VelJohnson

As daaays gooooo byyyyyyy! 

Following a script rewrite and name change, VelJohnson would be a fun addition to this cast as the police officer on the ground trying to figure out what’s going on in that building. He already has experience playing a police officer, after playing Carl Winslow in 9 seasons of Family Matters.

I caught him on a recent episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, playing himself after he had starred in Jake Peralta’s favorite movie, and he still has that relatability that is so crucial for this role.

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Kores Botha- Justin Long

I just think Justin Long needs to be in more movies other than another Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel. Last time I saw him was in Live Free or Die Hard.

There you have it! A bunch of Grade-A casting choices that flew by the wayside. I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let us know what your thoughts @superbromovies on Twitter and tweet us any bad casting choices you think should’ve happened! And be sure to check out last week’s Badcast right here.

-Kellen Murack

Skyscraper is in theaters now.

FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

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