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Recast The Graduate!

Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I'll ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. This week, as we consider how to fill out our Oscar ballots, I've been thinking back on some of my old Academy favorites, like The Graduate, which won for Best Director in 1968 and was nominated in six other categories.

In reality, this film actually was recast several times before director Mike Nichols settled on the actors that have made The Graduate such a beloved classic. For a little movie trivia and to see which characters to recast,


  • Doris Day, Ava Gardner, and Judy Garland were all considered for the part of Mrs. Robinson before the legendary Anne Bancroft was cast.
  • Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford screen tested for the part of Benjamin, but it was Dustin Hoffman's "awkwardness" that appealed to Nichols.
  • Patty Duke, Sally Field, and Candice Bergen were among the young women considered for the role of Elaine Robinson.

Now it's your turn to play casting director. If you could recast The Graduate today, who would you pick for the lead characters?

Characters to recast:
Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman)
Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)
Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross)

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yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
Benjamin - Chris Pine (Just My Luck) Mrs. Robinson - Diane Lane Elaine - Rachel Bilson
Staceygirl Staceygirl 9 years
I was going to try this out but Loz2Hi's choices are too perfect.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 9 years
Tobey McGuire as Benjamin Anne Hathaway as Elaine vapid but pretty Mrs. Robinson Lorraine Bracco
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Benjamin Braddock --Zach Braff Mrs. Robinson--Gail O'Grady (from American Dreams tv series) Elaine Robinson--Rachael Boston (from AD also)
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 9 years
This is a old movie. I didn't care for the first one.
brazilnut brazilnut 9 years
I would looooove to see Benjamin Braddock- Ryan Gosling Mrs. Robinson- Diane Lane Elain Robinson- Emmy Rossum Oh, it would be fabulous!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
People used my picks in different variations, so it will look like I borrowed my faves from everyones! lol I had Topher Grace as Benjemin too, I thought of Susan Sarandon as well, but like the Diane Lane suggestion better. Good Job everyone. ------------------------------------------------------ I'm so happy cause today I've found my friends, They're in my head - Kurt
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
frick- *Robinson
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
haha. but mrs. roinson must be sexy!
beanbagchair beanbagchair 9 years
Mrs. Robinson: Dustin Hoffman (Hey, he pulled it off in Tootsie!) Benjamin Braddock: Topher Grace Elaine Robinson: Jena Malone Don't fail to let the human factor be a factor at all. --Andrew Bird, "Tables and Chairs"
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 9 years
Benjamin Braddock: Jake Gyllenhall Mrs. Robinson : Meryl Streep Elaine Robinson : Alexis Bledel
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
oops, *Catherine
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 9 years
Oooh, good recast challenge Buzz! Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) Jake Gyllenhall Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) Katherine Zeta-Jones Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross) Rachel Bilson
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I like the Zach Braff choice too, Whip! He would be perfect as Benjamin.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I like the Zach Braff pick Whip!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Yay! My favorite movie EVER! Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) - Zach Braff Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) - Michelle Pfeiffer Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross) - Claire Danes
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
Benjamin- josh duhamel Elaine- Jessica Biel Mrs Robinson- Helen Mirren
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Mrs. Robinson: Sela Ward (mature, dangerous, killer body) Benjamin: Jake Gyllenhaal (nice guy, means well, but unsure of what he wants) Elaine: Camilla Belle (pretty, vulnerable, looks like Sela) Tough one.
Loz2Hi Loz2Hi 9 years
Mrs. Robinson - Diane Lane Elaine Robinson - Mandy Moore Ben Braddock - Colin Hanks
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 9 years
I totally haven't seen this movie. I know what I'll be renting this week. I'll let you know when I have 'em! ~Melissa~
brian brian 9 years
easy. Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher.
slashyelizabeth slashyelizabeth 9 years
hmmm...a toughie! i'd pick susan sarandon as mrs. robinson (kind of reminiscent of her turn in "Bull Durham"). paul dano (from "Little Miss Sunshine") for benjamin -- he looks young, but he'll be 24 this summer; the character is 21. and michelle williams as elaine. i think she could pass as susan sarandon's daughter.
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