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: Space Jam
This article may or may not contain spoilers for a film that came out two decades ago.
Michael Jordan – Nick Young
With the 20th anniversary of the film being back in 2016, I figured now is the best time to do a Badcast.
Starting off with the reluctant basketball player who gets dragged into the world of mischief, mayhem and elasticized arms, we have Nick Young. The ‘Tune Squad’ needs a talented shooting guard with outstanding ball handling skills if they expect to beat the Monstars.
With a recent NBA Championship under his belt, Young would be a fantastic choice. He’s talented, charismatic and looks like he could bring that youthful optimism to a team of cartoon characters. Plus, there’s an opportunity to have him look confused/excitedly at the camera right as he gets to Looney Tunes-Land.
Bugs Bunny – Roger Rabbit
I know this choice is controversial given Roger’s shady past (I’m not totally convinced he was innocent) and the fact one is a rabbit while the other is a bunny but hear me out.
Roger could just murder the other team.
Daffy Duck – Howard The Duck
At first glance, this casting seems to be just taken at face (bill) value and for that I’ll accuse you of being prejudice towards ducks.
No, Howard is an integral part of the Tune Squad’s starting lineup. The team needs the waddling, cynical player to keep everyone’s aspirations in check while also providing humorous commentary on how the game is going.
As the starting point guard, Howard will need to read the defense and decide whether to pull up and shoot or pass the ball because at 3 feet tall and webbed feet he isn’t going to beat the defender.
Lola Bunny – Bugs Bunny in Drag
“Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and play a girl bunny?” (Garth Algar, Wayne’s World, 1992.)
You thought I would remove Bugs from this film entirely?? Hell no! Bugs will be going for that “Oscar Bait” role.
Bugs’ best plays in the original Space Jam were when he was down low and dunking it with his ears. He should’ve never been up top with a vertical like that! He/She will be playing the small forward of the team.
Taz – Bullwinkle J. Moose
By now you can tell I’m taking this roster more seriously than the original writers of the film.
Bullwinkle “Jumpshot” Moose is the center this team needs to be the powerhouse it can be. Bullwinkle has the height and bulk to be a real threat down low on both offense and defense.
I also have this sinking suspicion he’s got a ton of anger that needs to be released after that god awful live-action movie he was suckered into. With him as center and Roger as power forward, it would be a bloodbath under that hoop.Monstars – Thanos and The Black Order
I had two criteria I wanted to hit when casting the Monstars:
- They’re from Space.
- Know how to Jam.
And I hit the jackpot with these guys.
The physical comedy would play so well too. Imagine Thanos getting his butt painted and a bull in the audience charges at him, launching him out of the stadium. Or Ebony Maw, with his creepy voice, calling the Tune Squad a bunch of “chickens.”
You know what? Avengers: Infinity War has enough money, go and watch Space Jam tonight!
If it ain’t broke.
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.
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