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Recast Results for Empire Records

The Results Are In: Recast Empire Records

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!

I'm glad to see everyone shared in my enthusiasm for one of my favorite movies out of the '90s, Empire Records! These are really fun characters to recast and I'm sure young actors in Hollywood would die for a part in a movie like this.

I liked that both daisydidi and lookwhatimade suggested Mandy Moore for the character Liv Tyler played, Corey. Mandy is someone I could see in an independent record store, yet she gives off a "once I'm done here I'm off to the Ivy league" vibe.

I was also totally thrilled to see Olivia Thirlby's name pop up many times; I think she'd be right at home in a movie like this.

For the boys, I liked Whip's idea for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play A.J. (he's another one of those actors whose name makes me smile), and my friend Citizen's pick for A.J., Michael Rady (a.k.a. the cutie from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and now Swingtown), is great too.

In the end, I went with the cast that's hard to argue with: Congrats to Mary_Sofi!

To see who she chose, along with a new cast photo,


Mary_Sofi's cast list:
Corey — Nikki Reed
A.J. — Adam Brody
Gina — Blake Lively
Debra — Ellen Page
Lucas - Josh Gad
Mark - Andy Samberg

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
When is the new recast coming?!?
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I totally missed this recast!! Empire Records is my favorite movie! (okay, tied with Annie). I have the poster in my office!! Love Ellen Page as Debra.
YazPistachio19 YazPistachio19 9 years
You do realize that your pick for Mark (Andy Samberg)is just as old as the original Mark (Ethan Embry), right?
em1282 em1282 9 years
Ummm...I feel old because I don't know who Josh Gad is. ;) Now I feel like watching this movie, even though I pretty much destroyed my VHS version of it when I was in 8th grade...
Mary_Sofi Mary_Sofi 9 years
Wow, I can't believe I won! Thanks!!!!
piksie007 piksie007 9 years
i kind of hate ellen page as debra...and nikki but blake lively is a good choice i think.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I don't like Nikki Reed at all, and Blake Lively doesn't seem to fit the part of Gina but I like the rest of the cast. I think Mandy Moore would be a great Corey and I like the idea of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as AJ too.
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
I think Adam Brody is a pretty good choice but I think he's a little too old to be playing a teenager still.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
i can def see blake in that role and love everyone else except i dont know who nikki reed is--and i think someone else could have played it better but i dont knoww whooo!!
em113 em113 9 years
ha yeah there's a difference between traveling pants-sexual and gina-sexual. I pretty much just saw her as a flirt in that movie.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
awesome choices!!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
dansgirl - thanks! I had the heads right, the casting list was turned around. All fixed!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
Blake Lively was highly sexual (as sexual as you can get haha) in the sisterhood of the traveling pants movie
em113 em113 9 years
I just cannot see Blake Lively playing a highly sexual character like that. I can actually see Nikki Reed more in that role.
dansgirl dansgirl 9 years
Andy Samberg's head is on the wrong body if he's supposed to be Lucas...
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