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.
As unlikely as it seems, Exit Stage Left is a serious treatment of the character Snagglepuss, best known from Hanna-Barbera's old TV cartoons. In the comic by writer Mark Rusell and artist Mike Feehan, Snagglepuss is a gay Southern playwright living in New York City in the 1950s and finding himself targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. It could make for a surprisingly moving albeit very quirky motion picture.
I've decided not to cast the celebrities who appear as characters. Since the animal characters would be motion-captured anyway, I figured it makes more sense to use Forrest Gump-style techniques (but with 25 additional years of technological development) to recreate Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Richard Nixon, and so forth exactly as people remember them.
Bryan Batt as Snagglepuss
Bryan Batt (Mad Men, Scream: The TV Series) hasn't gotten many lead roles in his long career, but Snagglepuss is absolutely the perfect part for a gay Southern gentleman like him.
Tate Taylor as Huckleberry Hound
Tate Taylor (The Help) is best known as a director these days, but he does have a background in acting. He also has a specific brand of Southern charm that's rare in Hollywood these days, and absolutely essential to Huckleberry Hound.
Christina Hendricks as Lila
Lila's marriage to Snagglepuss may be a sham, but she's still her own woman with feelings and needs. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Good Girls) can capture that inner life while still keeping up appearances.
Guillermo Díaz as Pablo
Guillermo Díaz (Scandal) is much more of a bear than Pablo is in the comic, but he's a great actor and can handle a bit of a makeover.
Darryl Stephens as McGraw
Darryl Stephens (Noah's Arc) can bring plenty of pathos to the character of a gay cop in the 1950s, even if he is a horse.
Tig Notaro as Gigi Allen
Tig Notaro (One Mississippi, Star Trek: Discovery Season 2) is usually pleasant and soft-spoken, so she'll be playing against type. However, I think she can bring the right kind of Jane Hathaway-esque energy to the part.
John Cullum as Arnold
John Cullum (The Middle) is an unsung acting legend, who can bring a lot of complexity to the part of a bitter old man with a connection to Snagglepuss's past.
Josh Gad as Peter Potamus
Josh Gad (Murder on the Orient Express) is great at portraying a sweaty sort of nervous energy that will make him the ideal Peter Potamus.
Steve Carell as Squiddly Diddly
Squiddly's not a major character, but he does have just the mix of realistic pathos and complete ridiculousness that Steve Carell (The Office, Battle of the Sexes) thrives on.
Chris Colfer as Augie Doggie
Augie represents the next generation, and Chris Colfer (Glee) brings plenty of youthful spirit to the table.