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Recast Working Girl

Recast Working Girl and Win a Prize!

Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

This week I thought of one of my favorite '80s movies: Working Girl. This is one of those inspiring movies that I occasionally turn on to feel a little more kickass on the job. Plus, Harrison Ford in his hey day is a dreamy sight to behold.

Who would you pick to play Staten Island secretary Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith), who gives herself a makeover — on the inside and on the outside — to be taken more seriously in a high stakes business world?

And of course we have the deliciously undermining executive, Katharine Parker (which is a hard recast for me to imagine due to Sigourney Weaver's flawless performance). And what about the handsome deal-maker Jack Trainer (Ford)?

Also, let's recast Tess's crappy cheating boyfriend Mick Dugan, originally played by a wonderfully sleazy Alec Baldwin. Finally, we have to find Tess her Cynthia (Joan Cusack) — the no-nonsense best friend and fellow secretary who cautions Tess about reaching too far beyond her lot in life.

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, August 19, complete with a "new" cast photo.

To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast
Tess McGill (Melanie Griffit)
Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford)
Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver)
Mick Dugan (Alec Baldwin)
Cynthia (Joan Cusack)

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ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 8 years
Tess McGill: Kate Hudson Jack Trainer: Dylan McDermott Katharine Parker: Jeanne Tripplehorn Mick Dugan: Eric Dane Cynthia: Becki Newton
MsSwank MsSwank 8 years
Tess McGill: Brittany Murphy Jack Trainer: Matt Damon Katharine Parker: America Ferrera Mick Dugan: Ryan Phillipe Cynthia: Zooey Deschanel
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Tess: Anne Hathaway Jack: Jake Gyllenhaal Katharine: Cate Blanchett Mick: James Marsden Cynthia: Judy Greer
Silliness79 Silliness79 8 years
Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) - Jessica Simpson (I would love to see her kill this role. I know she's smarter than she leads on) Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) - Eric Mabius Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) - Kate Walsh Mick Dugan (Alec Baldwin) - Ryan Reynolds Cynthia (Joan Cusack) - Alicia Witt
Qijnapaj Qijnapaj 8 years
Tess McGill: Michelle Williams Jack Trainer: Jason Behr Katherine Parker: Eve Mendes Mick Dugan: James Franco Cyn: Amanda Peet Honorable mention: Jack Black should play Lutz
littlesnipsnap littlesnipsnap 8 years
Tess McGill: Isla Fisher Jack Trainer: Clive Owen Katherine Parker: Mary Louise Parker or Gina Gershon Mick Dugan: Will Arnett Cynthia: Olivia Thirlby
azulskies azulskies 8 years
Tess McGill - Isla Fisher Jack Trainer - Daniel Craig Katharine Parker - Embeth Davidtz (from In Treatment) Mick Dugan - Hugh Grant Cynthia - Anna Friel
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
Tess: Penelope Cruz Jack: Denzel Washington Katherine: Halle Berry or Catherine Zeta-Jones Cynthia: Selma Hayek Mick: Vincent D'Onofrio (the fellow from "Criminal Intent") An older recast, true, but I am an older recaster ;)
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
Tess McGill: Rachel McAdams Jack Trainer: Ryan Reynolds Katherine Parker: Mary-Louise Parker Mick Dugan: Jeremy Piven Cynthia: Judy Greer
paperdoll1 paperdoll1 8 years
Tess McGill : Maria Bello Jack Trainer : Clive Owen Katharine Parker : Halle Berry Mick Dugan : Robert Downey Jr Cynthia : Rose McGowan Maria Bello might be too pretty though. I'd love to see Halle Berry play a mean powerful woman like Katharine, and Clive Owen need to be in more romantic comedies..
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Tess McGill: Scarlett Johansson Jack Trainer: Aaron Eckhart Katharine Parker: Cynthia Nixon Mick Dugan: Adrian Grenier Cynthia: Anne Hathaway
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 8 years
Tess McGill: Isla Fisher Jack Trainer: Gerard Butler (Think PS I Love You & not 300) Katharine Parker: Catherine Zeta-Jones (think of the performance in America's Sweetheart) Mick Dugan: Dean Winters Cynthia: Gina Gershon
Baluk Baluk 8 years
Tess McGill: Maggie Gyllenhaal Jack Trainer: Brad Pitt Katherine Parker: Geena Davis Mick Dugan: Vince Vaughn Cynthia: Amy Poehler
chipjimi chipjimi 8 years
Tess McGill: Michelle Monaghan Jack Trainer: James Marsden Katherine Parker: Hillary Swank Mick Dugan: Gerard Butler Cynthia: Molly Shannon
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 8 years
Tess McGill Reese Witherspoon Jack Trainer Aaron Eckhart Katharine Parker Anne hathaway Mick Dugan Matthew Fox Cynthia Rachel McAdams
sorano916 sorano916 8 years
Going a little bit younger than the original cast; however, I really do think that these guys can handle meatier roles. Tess McGill: Kristin Bell Jack Trainer: John Krasinski Katharine Parker: Sophia Bush Mick Dugan: Zachary Levi Cynthia: Amber Tamblyn
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
Tess McGill - Ashley Jensen (from Extras and Ugly Betty) Jack Trainer - Hugh Grant Katharine Parker - Winona Ryder Mick Dugan - Ricky Gervais Cynthia - Natalie Portman
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 8 years
Tess McGill: Scarlett Johansson Jack Trainer: Daniel Craig Katherine Parker: Angela Bassett Cynthia: Maggie Gyllenhaal Mick Dugan: Adrien Grenier
Lysa1237 Lysa1237 8 years
Tess McGill (Amy Adams) Jack Trainer (George Clooney) Katharine Parker (Cate Blanchett) Mick Dugan (Josh Holloway) Cynthia (Selma Blair)
emalove emalove 8 years
LOVE this movie...also one of my most favorites. Tess McGill: Jenna Fischer Jack Trainer: Matthew Fox Katherine Parker: Nicole Kidman Cynthia: Ginnifer Goodwin Mick Dugan: Jason Bateman
girlnone girlnone 8 years
I don't know why, but this is one of my all-time favorite movies. Tess McGill: Rachel McAdams Jack Trainer: Peter Krause Katherine Parker: Kate Walsh Mick Dugan: Mark Wahlberg Cynthia: Maggie Gyllenhaal. (yeah, yeah, but this is a different kind of secretary...)
fattiecat07 fattiecat07 8 years
Tess McGill (Reese Witherspoon) I know, I went with her before, but I think she would be great Jack Trainer (James Marsden) Katharine Parker (Dana Delaney) Mick Dugan (David Duchovny) Cynthia (Judy Greer)
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