Live Poll: Classic Actors in Modern Movies

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James Dean has reportedly been cast in an upcoming Vietnam War film. Let's make our own imaginary casting choices. Which classic actor would you cast in a modern film or franchise?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097452330/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/A8Y7lSX7_bQ/
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Any ideas?
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Just some thoughts... you can tweak them if you like.  :)
James Stewart in Star Wars
Doris Day in a musical from the makers of La La Land
Rock Hudson as a Terminator (lol)
John Wayne in a Marvel movie
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Rock Hudson vs. The Rock, perhaps.
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That's awesome.  ;)  Before there was The Rock, there was Rock.
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Let's say... Yul Brynner in a Pirates of the Caribbean film - I think he would look cool like a Pirate King or something.
Also... let's put Charlton Heston in a Jurassic World film - I think he would be a classical type of hero, a badass man's man with little personality, but an iron determination. And he would punch dinosaurs in the face.
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Good ones, thanks.
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Cary Grant in James Bond ( YES!!!)
Steve Mcqueen in Fast and Furious (Not sure)
Audrey Hepburn in Star wars ( Audrey Hepburn with a lightsaber?, Doesn't seem a good idea)
Humphrey Bogart in a Scorsese movie ( I can believe that)
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Cary Grant would be a perfect James Bond. I can also totally see Bogart in a Scorsese movie. 
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To be honest my sole reason for matching Audrey Hepburn with Star Wars was that her hairdo in the picture reminded me of Princess Leia. But she is in second place so far, so I feel that my line of thought has been validated ... ;-)
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James Dean (I) (1931–1955)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000015/
upcoming Vietnam War film ? ?
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Suggestion:

James Cagney (1899–1986)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000010/
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000010/mediaindex -  773 photos

James Cagney in Blonde Crazy 1931
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000010/mediaviewer/rm3412659200

Not another Joker ?!?
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James Cagney as Joker ... added!
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I added some more. If you want better options you'll have to suggest them!
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Let's put it that way: while I'm not against recreating actors via CGI I don't see the point in doing so most of the time, if projects like that do have my curiosity. It was done way before CGI, to be honest and most of the time it was simply exploitation, like in laughable case of Game of Death (1978)

I say most of the time, because some cases when actors died with an unfinished film and yet were preserved in the movie with all the tricks in the box turned out to be great movies. Examples include The Crow (1994). I am also very opened to possibility of finishing some of the more famous unfinished movies that way. 
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I mostly agree with you - I like it when computer-generated actors are used to finish/enhance films, but I hate it when it's done to resurrect dead actors (like Peter Cushing in Rogue One).
Therefore, I find the above-mentioned idea to CG James Dean into a new movie utterly idiotic.
However, I like this poll idea, because I see it more as 'what if?' fantasy casting, than a real attempt to have someone resurrected via CGI.
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The poll is definitely not meant to be taken very seriously.
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Of course. I noticed it right away because of your blunt and straightforward ''James Dean has been cast in a new film''. And yes, I know it's a real deal, although I think it's more of a publicity stunt.

With that being said, I nominate Marty Feldman for a completely serious and humor-free role in a new Christopher Nolan film.
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Okay, added!
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I love this idea. And oh my gosh, Hepburn in Alien would be great. 

FYC:

Peter Lorre in a David Lynch film

Ingrid Bergman directed by Sofia Coppola in something with a 'Lost in Translation' flavor or mood. Bergman in a more modern love story would be interesting, I think. 
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Added, thanks.
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Good one. I had thought about adding someone in a Tarantino movie.
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How about NO ONE. The idea of casting dead actors into new movies? That potential trend is an abomination that needs to be killed before it even starts? (As the Betty White option).
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But at least it is set during the Vietnam War... a time when he would've been around.  I'm not sure how I'd feel about setting them in modern day.  Doris Day with half-shaved hair starring with Robert Downey Jr.?  I don't think so.
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I probably won't add your Betty White option since the idea is to play around with casting matches, not to ask people's opinion about the James Dean thing or the wider issue. Feel free to make that poll!
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BTW, Peter,
it may help if you change to description to explain just how James Dean has been cast.  Something like, James Dean has reportedly been cast in an upcoming Vietnam War film called Finding Jack, through the technology of incredibly realistic CGI.
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Even then? It needs to be clarified that James Dean ISN'T going to voice the part. Dead people can't read new scripts. I'm certain the idea that James Dean will be cast into a new film will likely confuse many people, who won't get what exactly is happening with this new technology. I'm pretty sure we haven't the AI technology that will have James Dean's voice read and act out the script vocally.

Here's a possible revision:
James Dean's visage will be reportedly used in an upcoming Vietnam War film, through the technology of incredibly realistic CGI and subsequent body double.
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That's better, thanks.  I'm still not sure how I really feel about it... we'll just have to wait until it comes out and see!
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I think the poll's intro should stay as it is - short and blunt. That makes the joke better, and Peter said the poll is not meant to be taken very seriously.
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I added a link to an article so the explanation is available.
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Errol Flynn - Pirates of the Caribbean
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Added.
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Ohh, that's a good one.
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Peter,

For your consideration:
Fay Wray in Scary Movie (2000) or any of its sequels
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Added with thanks.
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Peter FYC

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I'll add them.
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