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Recast "My So-Called Life" and Win a Prize!

Recast "My So-Called Life" 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!

"My So-Called Life" may have enjoyed just a short life span on ABC, but during that time I felt like someone finally understood me and that someone was Angela Chase. I could not get enough of Angela's angst and hip music collection, her reckless friend Rayanne, her gay boyfriend Rickie, the goody-goody Sharon, and the pitiably awkward Brian Krakow. And, of course, Jordan Catalano, who was the perfect crush — aloof to the point of being infuriating... yet irresistible.

If you could recast this show today with modern actors, who would you pick?

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, June 12, 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:
Angela Chase (Claire Danes)
Rickie (Wilson Cruz)
Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer)
Brian Krakow (Devon Gummersall)
Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto)
Sharon Cherski (Devon Odessa)

Leaving off Angela's parents for this recast, for brevity's sake.

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writergrrl26 writergrrl26 10 years
Okay, here goes: Angela: Amber Tamblyn Ricky: Percy Daggs III Jordan: James Franco Sharon: Brittany Snow Rayanne: Amanda Seyfried Brian: Michael Cera
lifer_refil lifer_refil 10 years
Though hard, recasting is fun just for kicks. Angela Chase - Danielle Panabaker (Sky High) Rickie - Victor Rasuk (I'm Reed Fish) Rayanne Graff - Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) Brian Krakow - Adam Lamberg (Lizzie McGuire) Jordan Catalano - Chace Crawford (The Covenant/Gossip Girl-new show, promo: Sharon Cherski - Bethany Joy Galeotti (One Tree Hill) Super hard.
TwinSPEAKS TwinSPEAKS 10 years
The revival of my so called life could use some "gender-bendering" the main character, Justin Berfield - taking the part of Angelo Chase Frankie Muniz - Richie Rumer Willis - Rayanne Graff Rory Culkin - Brian (rather BRAIN) Krakow Hayden Panettiere- Jordan Catalano Keiko Agena - Sharon Cherski Up for it!!??
swwonder swwonder 10 years
Oooh, this is difficult because the original actors are still vaguely young themselves, plus it's hard to find someone as beautiful as Jared was. Ummm... Angela Chase - Jena Malone Rickie Vasquez - Josh Peck (Drake & Josh) Rayanne Graff - Amber Tamblyn Brian Krakow - Joseph Gordon Levitt Jordan Catalano - Penn Bagley (John Tucker Must Die) Sharon Cherski - Arielle Kebbel
chipjimi chipjimi 10 years
Angela Chase - Michelle Trachtenberg Rickie - Robin de Jesus (from Camp) Rayanne Graff - Evan Rachel Wood Brian Krakow - Michael Cera Jordan Catalano - Justin Chatwin Sharon Cherski - Alexis Bledel
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
Angela Chase -Emma Roberts Rickie - Justin Chattwin Rayanne Graff -Hayden P (from Heroes) Brian Krakow- Shia LeBouef Jordan Catalano - Zac Efrom (from High School Music) Sharon Cherski- Britney Snow
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Angela Chase (Anna Paquin) Rickie (Mark Indelicato) Rayanne Graff (Chyler Leigh) Brian Krakow (Shia LeBouf) Jordan Catalano (Ashton Kutcher - you need a guy with hair!) Sharon Cherski (Hilary Duff)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
Angela- Hannah Lochner (since Clare was basically an unknown, I picked this girl who was in the remake of dawn of the dead, she looks like Clare to me, wide eyed moppet) Rickie- Michael Cera (george Michael from Arrested development) Rayanne- Mae Whitman (she was the little girl in hope floats, but all grown up now!) Brian- Erik Per Sullivan (dewey on Malcolm in the middle, geeky but lovable) Jordan- Thomas Dekker (zach from heroes) Sharon- Ashley Tisdale (high school musical) I tried to be age appropriate, since these are high schoolers…..
Katiefrog Katiefrog 10 years
I agree, can't be recast. It was a perfect,short little gem.
penguins268 penguins268 10 years
All the people suggested are almost 30 years old!! There supposed to be 15-16! That always disturbed me... If there ever going to make a remake (which I hope they don't, cuz the original is amazing), they should get new faces.
arod379 arod379 10 years
sorry for the spacing on that. Let's try this again: Angela Chase - Zooey Deschanel Rickie - Cillian Murphy Rayanne Graff - Chloe Sevigny Brian Krakow - Joseph Gordon-Levitt Jordan Catalano - James Franco Sharon Cherski - Michelle Tractenberg Tough to recast. This show will always have a special place in my heart. Filmed at my high school as was Party of Five. Ah, memories!
arod379 arod379 10 years
Angela Chase --Zooey Deschanel
Rickie --Cillian Murphy
Rayanne Graff --Chloe Sevigny
Brian Krakow --Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Jordan Catalano --James Franco
Sharon Cherski --Michelle Trachtenberg
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I can't even conceive different actors playing those roles! :( I miss the show so much. I watched the re-runs over and over again at 5 am on the N, but it's been removed from their programming. Anyone know if it airs anywhere else? I will always love Jordan Catalano though! So sexy...
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
Such a classic. I miss Jordan Catalano. This will be hard.
bugness bugness 10 years
I tried. I just can't! Besides, most of the original cast were pretty young. I know Claire Danes was only 15. I'm not really current with young actors...
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Angela Chase - Natalie Portman Rickie - Diego Luna Rayanne Graff - Lindsay Lohan Brian Krakow - Jon Heder Jordan Catalano - Hayden Christensen Sharon Cherski - Mandy Moore
superfoxml superfoxml 10 years
Yeah, this is just wrong to recast. I just can't. It was perfection.
LoneWolf LoneWolf 10 years
I refuse. It was perfect! :-)
MermaidGirl77 MermaidGirl77 10 years
Angela Chase - Kate Mara Rickie - Chris Brown Rayanne Graff - Blake Lively Brian Krakow - Justin Long Jordan Catalano - Channing Tatum Sharon Cherski - Elisha Cuthbert
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
sorry....George Lopez Show not Lopex
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
Angela Chase - Alexa Vega Rickie - Luis Armand Garcia (George Lopex Show) Rayanne Graff - Bijou Phillips Brian Krakow - John Heder Jordan Catalano - Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) Sharon Cherski - Mandy Moore
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Angela Chase----> Camilla Belle Rickie----->Mark Indelicato Rayanne Graff----->Amber Tamblyn Brian Krakow---->Paul Dano Jordan Catalano----> Milo Ventimiglia Sharon Cherski- Emma Roberts
sascha9000 sascha9000 10 years
Angela Chase --> Eva Amurri Rickie --> Mark Indelicato Rayanne Graff --> JoJo Brian Krakow --> Jonathan Lipnicki Jordan Catalano --> Zac Efron Sharon Cherski --> Jordin Sparks
ellenmarie ellenmarie 10 years
That was the best show ever!
joytothehurled joytothehurled 10 years
I LERV My So-Called Life. I was REAL sad when it got canceled. Such a great cast.
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