Dream Casting: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Dec 14, 2017

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.

The Holidays are upon us, and I thought it would be fun to reimagine a Christmas classic this week. I know remakes of childhood favorites make people antsy, but you can take solace in the fact that this one isn't really being made. I just thought it would be fun to imagine who the stars would be if it was.

My vision for this take on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a mix of live action and CGI. Cornelius and the Clauses would be fully live action. The elves would be shrunk down like the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings. The animals would be fully CGI, and the toys would be a mix of CGI and live action. The songs would be the same ones as the original, but probably modernized in style.

Donald Glover as Rudolph

Donald Glover (Atlanta) is a talented actor with musical ability, and the underdog/misfit thing that Rudolph's all about is definitely something he can handle.

Andrew Rannells as Hermie

Andrew Rannells (Girls) comes from Broadway, so he's a natural fit for a musical. He's also gay, which, let's be honest, always seemed like the subtext of Hermie's whole 'Dentist' subplot.

Bill Murray as Santa Claus

The Santa Claus of Rudolph is surprisingly thin, and spends most of the story being tired and annoyed. Bill Murray is great at that sort of thing.

Angelica Huston as Mrs. Claus

Angelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums) isn't your typical Mrs. Claus (although the original puppet from Rudolph looks a bit like her), but opposite Murray she'd be perfect.

Gina Rodriguez as Clarice

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) just has such a sweet voice, which Clarice should certainly have, although in a remake it would be cool to see her character developed more than in the original.

Nick Offerman as Yukon Cornelius

This is the easiest role to cast. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) is born to play weird mountain men and prospectors, and he'd be brilliant as Yukon Cornelius.

Samuel L. Jackson as the Head Elf

Look, this isn't complicated. Samuel L. Jackson (Kong: Skull Island) is better at yelling angrily than just about anyone, and I want to hear him explode about Elf Practice.

Jim Rash as Charlie-in-the-Box

Jim Rash (Community) is a whiz at both physical and vocal comedy, and probably one of very few modern actors who could do a variation on the classic Charlie-in-the-Box voice and make it work.

Kate Micucci as the Misfit Doll

Kate Micucci (DuckTales) often manages to be sweet and bitingly hilarious at the same time, which would make her a great Misfit Doll. And maybe this time around we'll actually learn why she's a misfit.

Michael Showalter as King Moonracer

Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer) is particularly funny when he's playing ridiculous pomposity, which will make his take on the King of the Island of Misfit Toys hilarious.

Tom Waits as Sam the Snowman

Following in the footsteps of Burl Ives in the original, I wanted the Snowman narrator to be a singer whose voice will give character to the whole production. It won't be quite the same character with Tom Waits in the role, but it would certainly be interesting, and his take on the title song would be amazing.