In the last part of this series I recast the main characters of classic Hitchcock movies Rope, North by Northwest, and The Birds. Today, I will recast three more films; Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Shadow of a Doubt. Enjoy!
Shadow of a Doubt is one of Hitchcock’s best movies. In fact, it was Hitchcock’s personal favorite and for good reason. This film builds upon its suspense and is perfectly directed, leading you through the story in a really immersive way.
In it, Joseph Cotton plays the estranged uncle, Charlie Oakley and Teresa Wright plays his niece, Charlie Newton. They are the beating heart of this thriller masterpiece and it is their performances that help make this one of my favorite Hitchcock movies.
But who could play these two? I’ve got just the two actors who would be perfect in these roles.
Henry Cavill is the man who comes to mind in playing Charlie Oakley. He can be believably charming and yet we’ve seen him play a villain and he’s quite a convincing antagonist too. What made Joseph Cotton so perfect in Shadow of a Doubt was his imposing presence. Cavill’s got that in abundance.
And his niece, Charlie Newton, is totally the type of character that Hailee Steinfeld is good at playing. She would be just the actor to bring Charlie’s heroism to life if there were a modern version of the movie.
In fact, the character she plays in Bumblebee is named Charlie. Go figure.
Next on this list we’ve got The Man Who Knew Too Much.
In it stars James Stewart and Doris Day in a riveting Taken-esque thriller as Dr. Benjamin and Josephine McKenna try to find and rescue their kidnapped son.
This movie is suspense and anxiety at its finest and another one of my Hitchcock favorites and the question of who would play these two characters was an easy guess.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt! They would be the perfect duo for this movie and because they are actually husband and wife it makes it even better.
And last but not least we’ve got Rear Window.
Rear Window is one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces for its impeccable build-up to a resoundingly suspenseful conclusion but it’s also one of my favorite of his because of Grace Kelly.
Her outfits in this movie were sublime; utterly classy and elegant, breathtaking pieces that made her the most captivating person in the room in every scene she graced.
So, as of today, which actress could match the graceful, naturally gorgeous presence of Grace Kelly?
The stunning Lupita Nyong’o. Not only is she beautiful but she’s an Oscar-winning actress meaning she would add such depth to each scene.
And who would I cast to match James Stewart’s every man, All-American Hollywood persona?
The only obvious choice right? Matthew McConaughey. He would also be a great fit for this film.
Oh man, I am on a roll! In the last part of this series I will recast Marnie, To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder, Psycho, and Vertigo. That’s going to be difficult but I’m ready for the personal challenge.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.