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Recast Sleepless in Seattle

Recast Sleepless in Seattle 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!

I hope you're in a romantic mood because this week I've set my sights on a great romcom: Sleepless in Seattle. The movie was, as you probably remember, a big hit featuring box office stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks (who managed to have a lot of chemistry despite spending about five minutes on screen together). I have a special place in my heart for this movie and for the film's writer/director Nora Ephron.

If you could recast this film today, who would you pick for the two romantic leads? Remember, Tom Hanks' widowed character Sam Baldwin is old enough to have a school-aged son and Meg Ryan's Annie Reed is an accomplished journalist engaged to be married. Who would be Annie's quick-witted BFF Becky, originally played by Rosie O'Donnell? And then there are the two little ones: What little boy could you see as Sam's son Jonah and his acronym-slinging pal Jessica, played by Gabby Hoffmann? If you'd like to recast Annie's nerdy fiance Walter (Bill Pullman), as well as Sam's best friends Greg (Victor Garber) and Suzy (Rita Wilson), go for it.

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, May 13, 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
Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks)
Annie Reed (Meg Ryan)
Becky (Rosie O'Donnell)
Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger)
Jessica (Gabby Hoffmann)

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BBSL BBSL 9 years
Sam Baldwin (Luke Wilson) Annie Reed (Jacinda Barrett) Becky (Jada Pinkett Smith) Jonah Baldwin (John Krasinski) Jessica (Miranda Cosgrove)
cha-cha13535 cha-cha13535 9 years
Sam Baldwin Keanu Reeves Annie Reed Sandra Bullock Becky Aisha Tyler Jonah Baldwin David Archuleta (so he could get away from his dad) Jessica Abigail Breslin
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 9 years
Sam Baldwin (Lee Pace) Annie Reed (Jennifer Garner) Becky (Judy Greer) Jonah Baldwin - Let's change the character to a smart, sassy little girl - Joni Baldwin (Maria Lark from Medium) Jessica/Jesse (Rachel Fox OR Parker Huett from Desperate Housewives)
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
Sam Baldwin: Matthew Perry Annie Reed: Lauren Graham Becky: Christina Applegate Jonah Baldwin: Jimmy Bennett Jessica: Elle Fanning Walter: Rainn Wilson
26rosebud 26rosebud 9 years
Gerard Butler and Juliette Binoche
acupofjoy acupofjoy 9 years
Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) - Will Ferrell Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) - Kate Hudson Becky (Rosie O'Donnell) - Molly Shannon Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger) - Jimmy Bennett Jessica (Gabby Hoffmann) - Abigail Breslin Walter (Bill Pullman) - Thomas Lennon Greg (Victor Garber)- Owen Wilson Suzy (Rita Wilson)- Jennifer Aniston
jopperma jopperma 9 years
Sam Baldwin - James Marsden Annie Reed - Kerri Russell Becky - Lauren Graham Jonah Baldwin - Max Burkholder (Brothers and Sisters & Daddy Day Care) Jessica - Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia - So cute!) Walter - Scott Foley (I couldn't help the Felicity reference... I think he is perfect for the part!) Greg - Joshua Jackson (I just want to see him in something!) Suzy - Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Lucky 7)
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks)- Ewan McGregor Annie Reed (Meg Ryan)- Rachel McAdams Becky (Rosie O'Donnell)- Zoey Deschanell Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger)- Bobby Coleman from Martian Child Jessica (Gabby Hoffmann)- Dakota Fanning Walter (Bill Pullman) - Mark Wahlberg from Italian Job
jessica-maria jessica-maria 9 years
Sam Baldwin - Matthew Fox (he does heartache and happy smiles so well) Annie Reed - Jennifer Garner Becky - Salma Hayek Jonah Baldwin - Nathan Gamble (Babel, this summer in The Dark Knight) Jessica - Mariana Tolbert (Meet the Browns)
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 9 years
Sam Baldwin-Matthew McConnaughy Annie Reed-Kate Hudson Becky-Eva Mendes Jonah Baldwin-Angus T. Young Two and Half Men Jessica-Abigail Breslin Walter-Jon Cryer
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Sam Baldwin - Mark Wahlberg Annie Reed - Sarah Chalke Becky - Selma Blair Jonah Baldwin - Trevor Ganon Jessica - Juliette Goglia
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Characters to recast Sam Baldwin (Gerard Butler) Annie Reed (Christina Applegate) Becky (Joan Cusack) Jonah Baldwin (Cole or Dylan Sprouse) Jessica (Dakota Fanning) Walter (Paul Rudd) Greg (Jon Cryer) Suzy (Lisa Kudrow)
lukal lukal 9 years
Russle Crowe and Julia Roberts
alynn alynn 9 years
Sam Baldwin - Mark Ruffalo Annie Reed - Alyson Hannigan Becky - Liza Weil (Paris Gellar) Jonah Baldwin - Jeremy Shada (young Charlie on Lost) Jessica - Jamia Simone Nash (August Rush)
plumchik plumchik 9 years
Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks)- John Krasinski Annie Reed (Meg Ryan)- Reese Witherspoon Becky (Rosie O'Donnell)- Tina Fey Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger)- Ty Panitz- he is on the show "Bones" and was in "Because I said so" Jessica (Gabby Hoffmann)- Elle Fanning
Mary_Sofi Mary_Sofi 9 years
Argh! I messed up my earlier post. I meant I wanted Cameron Diaz to play the annoying woman Sam dates; I think her name is Victoria (the one who laughs like a hyena?) For Jessica = AnnaSophia Robb
alethe16 alethe16 9 years
Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) -- Anna Friel Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) -- Nathan Fillion That's right, I'd switch it up so that Anna Friel is the widower mother-of-one and Nathan Fillion is the one researching her Becky (Rosie O'Donnell): Angela Kinsey Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger): Slade Pierce (Sam from October Road) Jessica (Gabby Hoffmann): AnnaSophia Robb
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Sam Baldwin-Ryan Reynolds Annie Reed-Drew Barrymore Becky- Melissa McCarthy Jonah Baldwin-Cameron Bright Jessica- Elle Fanning
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
Sam Baldwin -James McAvoy Annie Reed -Jenna Fischer Becky -Kristen Johnson Jonah Baldwin -the youngest Jonah brother Jessica -Miranda Cosgrove
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 9 years
Sam Baldwin - Ryan Gosling Annie Reed - Amy Adams Becky - Leah Remini Jonah Baldwin - Dylan Sprouse Jessica - Abigail Breslin Walter - Jerry O'Connell Greg - Tom Cavanagh Suzy - Amanda Peet
azulskies azulskies 9 years
Sam Baldwin - James Marsden Annie Reed - Reese Witherspoon Becky - Zooey Deschanel Jonah Baldwin - Alexander Gould Jessica - Dakota Fanning
Mary_Sofi Mary_Sofi 9 years
Sam Baldwin = Hugh Jackman Annie Reed = Elizabeth Banks Becky = Zooey Deschanel Jessica = Cameron Diaz Jonah Baldwin = Jordan Fry Jay = Jason Bateman Walter = John Krasinski
juliex0x0 juliex0x0 9 years
impossible, this move is perfect the way it is
kateymarie kateymarie 9 years
Sam Baldwin - Aaron Ekhardt Annie Reed - Christina Applegate Becky - Rashida Jones Jonah Baldwin - Jimmy Bennett Jessica - Ariel Gade Walter - Jonny Lee Miller Greg - Gary Cole Suzy - Carly Pope
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
I thought a cast of UK actors would be fun. :) Sam Baldwin - Paul Bettany Annie Reed - Kate Winslet Becky - Ashley Jensen (Christina on Ugly Betty) Jonah Baldwin - Freddie Highmore Jessica - Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) Walter - Hugh Laurie
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