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Recast Grease and Win a Prize!

Every 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 summer we have one beloved film-turned-musical-turned-remade-film, Hairspray, and recently heard news about another in the works: Footloose. Following along that theme (and using another of your suggestions), let's just say Grease were being remade and needed present-day actors (and let's face it, it's only a matter of time).

Who would you cast in those roles? You don't need to know if the actors can actually sing, just if they seem right for the roles. And please no reality show contestants from "You're the One That I Want"!
Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, July 24, 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:
Sandy (Olivia Newton John)
Danny (John Travolta)
Betty Rizzo (Stockard Channing)
Frenchy (DiDi Conn)
Kenickie (Jeff Conaway)
Principal McGee (Eve Arden)

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aras8218 aras8218 10 years
can't do it was one my faves growing up
Mel475 Mel475 10 years
Sandy - Reese Witherspoon Danny - Ashton Kutcher Betty Rizzo - Katharine McPhee Frenchy - Allison Hannigan Kenickie - Justin Timberlake Principal McGee - Paula Abdul
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Sandy = Carrie Underwood Betty Rizo = Rose Byrne Frenchie = Isla Fisher Danny = Adrian Grenier Kenickie = Ryan Gosling Principal McGee = Meryl Streep These are my picks; though I know some have selected them also. Buzz this one was hard.
sugarette sugarette 10 years
Sandy............. Scarlett Johansson Danny............. Justin Timberlake Betty Rizzo....... Jessica Beil Frenchy........... Zooey Deschanel Kenickie.......... Ashton Kutcher Principal McGee... Oprah Winfrey
dudedude12 dudedude12 10 years
Sandy:Katie Cassidy Danny:Jeff Braine Rizzo:Cathy Immordino Frenchy:Amanda Bynes Kenickie:Travis Tedford Pricnipal McGee:Julia Duffy
legaleagle legaleagle 10 years
Can I change my pick for Frenchy to Alyson Hannigan?
prbeachbum prbeachbum 10 years
Sandy: Brittany Snow Danny: James Franco Rizzo: Vanessa Lengies Frenchy: Amanda Seyfried Kenickie: Ryan Gosling Principal McGee: Frances Sternhagen
girllogic girllogic 10 years
Sandy - Amy Adams Danny - Jack White Rizzo - Chloe Sevigny Frenchy - Zooey Deschanel Kenickie - Justin Timberlake Principal McGee - Julia Roberts
wynnkey wynnkey 10 years
I was torn between a few versions of the recast, so here's all three. Heheheheh. I decided against making a super teen Hollywood cast, because I think the cast will revolve around the usual suspects. :) So just for something new, and to stay true to the Grease Tradition (when they shot Grease, Travolta was 24 and Sandy was 30). Version 1 (With the foreign Sandy): SANDY - Romola Garai (Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, Vanity Fair, I Capture the Castle) Romola's a British actress and she'll have that I don't quite belong here vibe like Olivia Newton John. She does it quite well too, she's done it for both Dirty Dancing 2 and I Capture the Castle. DANNY - Milo Ventimiglia Milo even LOOKS like Danny. I can totally see it. He has that Rebelish Bully Bad Boy vibe who'll fall apart when the world's not going his way. It's RIZZO - Zooey Deschanel Because Zooey can be wickedly entertaining, terribly heartbreaking and absolutely brilliant. I can totally see her singing "There are Worse Things I Could Do" FRENCHY - Anna Faris Anna Faris is amazing as well. Watch her in "The Hot Chick" and "Just Friends" to see how she could be Frenchy. I love her, and she'd be great in the role. KENICKIE - Chad Michael Murray I kind of see him going off, acting all tough and trashing Zooey. They might look good together. Chad's actually not a bad actor sometimes. And I think he could be a broody, self-obsessed Kenickie. P.MCGEE - Christine Baranski I think she could pull off Principal McGee really well. And be fabulous while doing so. Hehehe. Another Version includes the same people except that Sandy would be played by Mandy Moore. But the above version is my first choice. :)
smashley smashley 10 years
Sandy - Ashley Tisdale Danny - Zac Efron Betty Rizzo - Megan Fox Frenchy - Amanda Bynes Kenickie - Shia Labeouf Principal McGee - Tina Fey Yes, Zac Efron is the lead in almost every musical lately, but we all know he would make the perfect Danny :)
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
Sandy - Reese Witherspoon Danny - Joaquin Phoenix Betty Rizzo - Christina Ricci Frenchy - Liv Tyler Kenickie - Luke Perry Principal McGee - Ellen burstyn
HellooQueen HellooQueen 10 years
Sandy - Alyson Michalka (of Aly and Aj) Danny - Tyler Hilton Betty Rizzo - Rihanna Frenchy - Ashley Tisdale Kenickie - Jesse McCartney Principal McGee - Anjelica Huston So I found the most important part was casting those that can actually sing and act!! Aly, bc she's cute, blonde, bubbly, and can act and sing! Tyler Hilton was on One Tree Hill and was In Walk the Line. Again, attractive, and can act and sing! Rihanna..."good girl gone bad" ;) Singing and has done small acting parts lately. Ashley Tisdale bc of her quirkiness and singing ability. Imagine her in a bright pink wig and you will get it. Jesse McCartney, sang and on Summerland. Then Anjelica Huston bc she is awesome! Also, I tried to aim age appropriate for the role.
reese05 reese05 10 years
Sandy = Rachel McAdams Danny = Shia Labeouf
roseannadanna roseannadanna 10 years
Sandy: Emma Watson Danny: Jake Gyllenhaal Rizzo: Amy Winehouse Frenchy: Isla Fisher Kenickie: Ryan Gosling Principal McGee: Allison Janney
legaleagle legaleagle 10 years
oops, that's embarassing.
legaleagle legaleagle 10 years
Ok, so I'm just going to go ahead and admit that this is my all-time favorite movie. Should I be embarassed by that? Oh well, here goes! Sandy: Isla Fisher Danny: James Marsden Rizzo: Scarlett Johansson Kenickie: Justin Timberlake Frenchie: Haylie Duff Principal McGee: Megan Mullally
legaleagle legaleagle 10 years
Ok, so I'm just going to go ahead and admit that this is my all-time favortie movie. Should I be embarassed by that? Oh well, here goes! Sandy: Isla Fisher Danny: James Marsden Rizzo: Scarlett Johansson Kenickie: Justin Timberlake Frenchie: Haylie Duff Principal McGee: Megan Mullally
arienne arienne 10 years
Sandy: Amanda Seyfried (from Big Love) Danny: Adrian Grenier Rizzo: Anne Hathaway Frenchy: Britany Murphy Kenickie: Ryan Phillippe Principal McGee: Stockard Channing
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
I tried to go with all names not mentioned yet that I believe could carry the roles. One exception ToddMP06 cast Brittany Murphy as Rizzo and I cast her as Frenchy here because of that wide-eyed innocence she often has in movie roles. Sandy - Amy Adams Danny - Joaquin Phoenix Betty Rizzo - Drew Barrymore Frenchy - Brittany Murphy Kenickie - Billy Crudup Principal McGee - Bonnie Hunt
ToddMP06 ToddMP06 10 years
Sandy: Gwen Stefani Danny: Matt Dillon Betty Rizzo: Brittany Murphy Frenchy: Amanda Bynes Kenickie: Justin Timberlake Principal McGee: Lily Tomlin
Meekie53 Meekie53 10 years
This is a hard one. While it was easy to cast the supporting roles, I found Sandy and Danny to be particularly hard to nail. Here goes: Sandy: Kirsten Dunst Danny: Orlando Bloom Rizzo: Maggie Gyllenhal (i know i spelled that wrong) Frenchy: Rachel McAdams Kenicki: Ben Affleck (i had a hard time choosing between Ben and Matt) Principle McGee: Kate Winslet That's it.
AtatakaiSunshine AtatakaiSunshine 10 years
Sandy - Emilie de Ravin Danny - Jim Sturgess Betty Rizzo - Selma Blair Frenchy - Rachel McAdams Kenickie - Milo Ventimiglia Principal McGee - Julie Andrews Wow, that was harder than anticipated! Here's my reasoning (if it matters?): Sandy - Emilie de Ravin (Claire on Lost) has a real innocence about her that I think would work for Sandy. I think her age works, too. Danny - He was about the hardest to cast! Jim Sturgess (starring in the upcoming Across the Universe) is British, so I dunno if that matters, but he has a certain look about him. If anything he might look too sweet, but I think he could pull of a little bit of badass. His age also seems right—mature enough, but not too old..? Rizzo - Actually, she might have been the hardest. I couldn't decide on anybody (no one seemed to have enough "hot mama" about them), so I ended up just picking Selma Blair. I think she would do well. Frenchy - I was surprised to see how many people suggested Rachel also. I think she just has the right look. And I know she can play sweet well, I just have to force myself not to think of Regina. Kenickie - I have to admit, I saw that someone else suggested Milo for Danny. As Jess on Gilmore Girls he always kinda looked like he came out of Grease, so why not? I just thought he made a better Kenickie. Principal McGee - She really doesn't have a very big part... I think a lot of the other suggestions could play her fine. Julie Andrews just came to my mind as someone who would look good doin' it.
SweetE SweetE 10 years
Danny: Zach Braff Sandy: Hayden Panettiere Frenchie: Britney Spears Rizzo: Christina Aguilera Kenicki: Johnny Knoxville Principal McGee: Bette Midler
alynn alynn 10 years
In coming up with my initial ideas, found I matched with many above. Challenged myself to have an "original" cast with the exception of having to stick with my first instinct and agreeing wholeheartedly with fieryelectra on my choice for Sandy. Sandy - Kristen Bell Danny - Wilmer Valderrama Betty Rizzo - Mena Suvari Frenchy - Lacey Chabert Kenickie - Ian Somerhalder Principal McGee - Debra Jo Rupp (That '70s Show)
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