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Recast Empire Records

Recast Empire Records 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 was totally inspired by the American Teen soundtrack and chose for this week's recast challenge the movie with a soundtrack that rocked my world as a kid: Empire Records! Though I haven't seen the movie in a few years, I remember being completely envious of Liv Tyler's hair, being in love with Ethan Embry, and vowing to work at a record store and/or own one when I grew up.

But I digress. Let's recast this movie! Who would play the employees of this independently owned record store? There's the smart and leggy Corey (Tyler), cute A.J. (Johnny Whitworth), sexy free spirit Gina (Renée Zellweger), moody Debra (Robin Tunney), cute stoner Mark (Embry) and the quirky kid that tries to save the store, Lucas (Rory Cochrane).

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, July 22, 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
Corey (Liv Tyler)
A.J. (Johnny Whitworth)
Gina (Renée Zellweger)
Debra (Robin Tunney)
Mark (Ethan Embry)
Lucas (Rory Cochrane)

The BuzzSugar t-shirt


Join The Conversation
thepigman thepigman 9 years
Corey (Liv Tyler)- Kat Dennings A.J. (Johnny Whitworth)- Trent Ford Gina (Renée Zellweger)- Sara Roemer Debra (Robin Tunney)- Paz de La Huerta Mark (Ethan Embry)- Drake Bell Lucas (Rory Cochrane)- Adrian Grenier
alynn alynn 9 years
Corey: Olivia Thirlby A.J.: Dave Annable Gina: Mary-Kate Olsen Debra: Evan Rachel Wood Mark: Dan Byrd Lucas: Aaron Yoo
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I looove this movie! After I saw you mention Empire Records on the post about soundtracks, I was thinking that you should do a recast of this movie and here it is. I'm surprised that so many people have seen this movie, I only just watched it about nine months ago and its been out since 1995. I fell in love with AJ when I watched it, and I love Liv Tyler's character, Corey (except for the whole "speed" thing).
Qijnapaj Qijnapaj 9 years
Corey (Liv Tyler) Alexis Bledel A.J. (Johnny Whitworth) Justin Chatwin Gina (Renée Zellweger) Mila Kunis Debra (Robin Tunney) Britney Spears Mark (Ethan Embry) Michael Cera Lucas (Rory Cochrane) Justin Long
Qijnapaj Qijnapaj 9 years
Corey (Liv Tyler) A.J. (Johnny Whitworth) Gina (Renée Zellweger) Debra (Robin Tunney)Kristen Stewart Mark (Ethan Embry) Lucas (Rory Cochrane)
Mary_Sofi Mary_Sofi 9 years
Corey - Nikki Reed A.J. - Adam Brody Gina - Blake Lively Debra - Ellen Page Lucas - Josh Gad Mark - Andy Samberg
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Corey - Jennifer Garner A.J. - Johnny Depp Gina - Mandy Moore Deb - Helena Bonham Carter Marc - Jack Black Lucas - Josh Duhamel Joe - Neil Patrick Harris Jane - Rosario Dawson
iknowitall iknowitall 9 years
I meant Michael Angarano for Mark, hee hee :) My bad.
Shells7373 Shells7373 9 years
Debra- Ellen Page Lucas - Jospeh Gordon-Levitt A.J. - Penn Badgley Gina - Amanda Seyfreid Coery - Anne Hathaway Mark - Adam Brody
spudder85 spudder85 9 years
Corey- Anne Hathaway A.J.-Orlando Bloom Gina-Mischa Barton Debra- Blake Lively Mark-Shia LaBeouf Lucas- Michael Cera
em113 em113 9 years
Damn the Man. Save the Empire. Corey (Liv Tyler): Emily VanCamp A.J. (Johnny Whitworth): Scott Michael Foster Gina (Renée Zellweger): Majandra Delfino Debra (Robin Tunney): Amber Tamblyn Mark (Ethan Embry): Kyle Gallner Lucas (Rory Cochrane): Milo Ventiglima
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
Corey: Miley Cyrus A.J.: Zac Efron Gina: Lindsay Lohan (or possibly Mary-Kate Olsen?) Debra: Ellen Page Mark: Rupert Grint (I don't know, I could just really see him playing a stoner!) Lucas: Shia LeBoeuf
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
Thank you Citizen but I do love jasmints choices for Joe and Jane. John Cusack and Selma Blair is perfection! You know, besides the original choices for Joe and Jane...:)
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
While I wholeheartedly concur with penguins268, Empire Records is a piece of cinematic perfection which I proudly own on VHS and should be preserved like a fly in amber, you had me at Ethan Embry. (Isn't he credited as Ethan Randall in some movie? Not that I stalk him or anything...) Corey (Liv Tyler) Amanda Seyfried A.J. (Johnny Whitworth) Michael Rady (Sisterhood of the Pants) Gina (Renée Zellweger) Tania Raymonde (Alex on Lost) Debra (Robin Tunney) America Ferrara Mark (Ethan Embry) Jonah Hill Lucas (Rory Cochrane) Alia Shawkat (it's gender-blind casting :) )
Allyace Allyace 9 years
Corey (Liv Tyler): Anne Hathaway A.J. (Johnny Whitworth): Adam Brody Gina (Renée Zellweger): Isla Fisher Debra (Robin Tunney): Zooey Deschanel Mark (Ethan Embry): Robert Buckley (the guy that is Kirby on Lipstick Jungle) Lucas (Rory Cochrane): Milo Ventimiglia
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Corey - Olivia Thirlby A.J. - Val Emmich Gina - Daisy Lowe Debra - Jenna Malone Mark - Michael Angarano Lucas - Jay Baruchel plus! Joe - John Cusack Jane - Selma Blair Warren - Dyllan Christopher Rex Manning - Rob Lowe Eddie - Martin Starr Berko - Guiseppe Andrews
lookwhatimade lookwhatimade 9 years
Whoa! I didn't mean to hit enter. here's my cast: Corey (Liv Tyler): Mandy Moore A.J. (Johnny Whitworth): Josh Duhamel Gina (Renée Zellweger): Scarlett Johanson Debra (Robin Tunney): Catherine Heigl Mark (Ethan Embry): Michael Cera Lucas (Rory Cochrane): Adrian Grenier
lookwhatimade lookwhatimade 9 years
Here's my cast: Corey (Liv Tyler): A.J. (Johnny Whitworth): Gina (Renée Zellweger): Debra (Robin Tunney): Mark (Ethan Embry): Lucas (Rory Cochrane):
knightage knightage 9 years
Corey - Anne Hathaway Gina - Olivia Thirlby AJ - Joseph Gordon-Leavitt Lucas - David Krumholtz Mark - Jason Segel Deb - Amber Tamblyn
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
Ok I am sorry but you are NOT going to ruin my 'Empire Records' with Blake Lively and Shia Labeouf! It's perfect as it is!!!
iknowitall iknowitall 9 years
Corey- Megan Fox Gina- Cameron Richardson A.J.- Penn Badgley Debra- Mena Suvari Michael-Michael Angarano Lucas- Joel Moore
fattiecat07 fattiecat07 9 years
I've never seen this movie before, so I'm giving a try at this. Here are my choices for the recast- Corey- Alexa Vega(Spy Kids) A.J.- Chace Crawford(Gossip Girl) Gina- Emma Stone(Superbad) Debra-Kat Dennings(Charlie Bartlett) Mark- Joseph Gordon Levitt(The Lookout) Lucas- Josh Peck(The Wackness)
Cherylish Cherylish 9 years
I've never done one of these before, but lets give it a whirl... Corey - Olivia Thirlby A.J. - Penn Badgely Gina - Mila Kunis Debra - Kat Dennings Mark - Anton Yelchin Lucas - Ed Westwick Warren - Shia LaBeouf Rex - James Van Der Beek (think How I Met Your Mother) Joe - Josh Radnor Jane - Lake Bell
Tech Tech 9 years
Hey look, Renee Zellweger's shoes are back in style!
nicmic113 nicmic113 9 years
Joe = Rob Morrow Rex = Grant Show AJ = Jared Padalecki Corey = Natalie Portman Gina = Hayden Pantierrie Mark = Shia Lebeouf Lucas = Jim Parsons (bigbangtheory) Debra = Samantha Ronson
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