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Recast Special Oscar Edition: Gone With the Wind

Well, fiddle-di-dee, it's that time again! Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. In honor of the Oscars, this week's selection is one of Hollywood's greatest productions: Gone With the Wind.

This sweeping epic swept the Academy Awards in 1940; the picture was nominated for 13 awards and won 8, including Best Picture. What's more, Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor to win an Oscar when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mammy.

If Gone With the Wind were made today, who would you cast as spoiled Scarlett O'Hara? Who could play the dashing Rhett Butler and gentlemanly Ashley Wilkes? Or what about Mammy, the queen of sass, and sickly Melanie? Leave your entry in the comments below, and I'll feature on winner next Tuesday, Feb. 27, complete with a "new" cast photo.

Characters to recast:
Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh)
Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)
Mammy (Hattie McDaniel)
Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland)
Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard)


princessangry princessangry 9 years
This is my favourite fil of all time! I couldn't see ANYONE do it even half as well as the originals! Even the THOUGHT makes me shiver! Just my opinion :)
Chelle58 Chelle58 10 years
Scarlett O'Hara - Rachel McAdams Rhett Butler - George Clooney Mammy - Oprah Melanie Hamilton - Claire Danes Ashley Wilkes - Josh Lucas
Noggy Noggy 10 years
Scarlett O'Hara - Nicole Kidman Rhett Butler - Matthew McConaughey Mammy - Queen Latifah Melanie Hamilton - Renee Zellweger Ashley Wilkes - Jude Law I think these actors have the star power and the talent to pull off this film if the movie industry was lame enough to consider a remake. However, it will be near to impossible to improve on perfection and I believe everyone will agree the original was perfectly cast.
Krmn Krmn 10 years
Scarlett - Reese Witherspoon (after WALK THE LINE we know she looks good with dark hair) Rhett - Matthew McConaughey Ashley - Edward Norton Melanie - Katherine Heigl Mammy - Loretta Devine
jreymar jreymar 10 years
Scarlett O'Hara: Rachel McAdams Rhett Butler: George Clooney Mammy: Tyler Perry Melanie Hamilton: Jenna Fischer Ashley Wilkes: Jude Law
jamiegirl jamiegirl 10 years
OMGoodness! I read this and thought I have no idea who might even work. Now reading everyone's comments, I guess it could be done. Some of the people are a surprise (Sophia Bush) but after a little thought she'd probably rock in that role.
shelllley shelllley 10 years
I wouldn't change a thing.
Punky21 Punky21 10 years
This is one of my favorite movies and me and my roommates have actually discussed this before. So I'm really excited about this! Ok here are my picks and why: Scarlett O'Hara: Renee Zellweger I think she would do great in a Southern belle role bc she is after all from Texas! Plus she can go between the cutesy Scarlett demanding all the boys attention as well as the really dramatic scenes during the war and at Tara. Rhett Butler: George Clooney No one else could do like him! He's got the perfect charm and good looks to pull it off! Mammy: Chandra Wilson She's loud and as we can see from Grey's she can speak her mind. I think she would be wonderful. Melanie Hamilton: Kate Bosworth She can be graceful and kind plus right now she looks on the frail side so that helps. Ashley Wilkes: Josh Lucas He southern accent and southern looks make him perfect for the part! I've compiled a cast photo already... I'll post it on my page in my pictures so ya'll can see it!
lovepop79 lovepop79 10 years
Scarlett - Scarlett needs to be someone who is feisty. I think Sophia Bush would be perfect. Rhett - George Clooney would be perfect but if it should be somone a tad younger I love the Clive Owen idea. Mammy - Chandra Wilson for sure! Melanie - Rachel Bilson (she has such a sweet face) Ashley - Jake Gyllenhaal
mississippigirl1 mississippigirl1 10 years
Rhett Butler: Clooney of course! Scarlett: Nicole Kidman Ashley: Ryan Gosling Melanie: Claire Danes or Rachel McAdams Mammy: Chandra Wilson all the way.
maxpurr9 maxpurr9 10 years
i love the clive owen and hugh jackman suggestions for rhett. as for scarlett o'hara, there just isn't anyone currently out there who can fill vivien leigh's shoes without that actor being completely under-whelming. i also think that jude law is a good suggestion for ashley; and queen latifah for mammy is good. again, as with the other female lead, melanie, i can't think of anyone current who could so completely inhabit the strength, purity and kindness of that character without it coming off all wrong or weak. fun idea though...let's hope it never happens.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Scarlett O'Hara--Sela Ward Rhett Butler--George Clooney Mammy--Chandra Wilson Melanie Hamilton--Naomi Watts Ashley Wilkes--Edward Norton
intern07 intern07 10 years
Scarlett- Reese Witherspoon Rhett- Clive Owen Mammy- S. Epatha Merkerson Melanie- Michelle Williams Ashley- Jude Law
UnaBellaSorpresa UnaBellaSorpresa 10 years
Scarlett O'Hara: Rachel Bilson or Reese Witherspoon Rhett Butler: George Clooney, no contest Mammy: Queen Latifah Melanie Hamilton: Natalie Portman or Claire Danes Ashley Wilkes: Orlando Bloom, if he could pull off the southern accent
SingaporeSling SingaporeSling 10 years
Scarlett O'Hara Hillary Swank Rhett Butler Hugh Jackman (the aussie could totally pull of the southern accent) Mammy Whoopi Goldberg Melanie Hamilton Reese Witherspoon Ashley Wilkes Leonardo Di Caprio True beauty shines from the soul and warms the world with its kindness, compassion , and integrity.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
Yep you did -- sorry :)
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
Did anyone say ScarJo?
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
Scarlett O'Hara - Christina Ricci Rhett Butler - George Clooney Mammy - Queen Latifah Melanie Hamilton - Natalie Portman Ashley Wilkes - Jude Law
suemey suemey 10 years
Characters to recast: Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh)---Natalie Portman Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)---Clive Owen Mammy (Hattie McDaniel)---Queen Latifah OR Chandra Wilson. Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland)---Kate Beckinsale or Audrey Tautou Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard)---Ben Whishaw or Robert Pattinson
khy8w khy8w 10 years
One of my fave movies here! Scarlett - Ashley Judd (I know she's a bit old for it, but she could really pull it off - I love someone's idea of Sophia Bush though, just not sure she can pull it off!) Rhett - Matthew McConaughey (just make the hair a bit darker....Clooney is a good one too physically) Mamie - Chandra Wilson seems great, or perhaps Queen Latifah Melanie - Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway Ashley - I think Ryan Gosling would be good here as well. He's mild mannered and unimposing, but cute enough that a wild one like Scarlett would love him.
blufairy19 blufairy19 10 years
Alright, here goes: Scarlett O'Hara: Emmy Rossum Rhett Butler: Billy Crudup, although I really like the George Clooney idea... Mammy: Oprah (although it would be a shame to make her gain weight after she's worked so hard to stay in shape) Melanie Hamilton: Mischa Barton Ashley Hamilton: Ryan Gosling And one for fun: Scarlett O'Hara: Jessica Simpson Rhett Butler: Christian Bale (both with hair dyed, of course) Mammy: Queen Latifa just makes the perfect mammy, I can't get her out of my head! Melanie Hamilton: Anne Hathaway Ashley Hamilton: Orlando Bloom British invasion version: Scarlett O'Hara: Amelia Warner Rhett Butler: Cary Elwes Mammy: Miriam Margolyes Melanie Hamilton: Rosamund Pike Ashley Hamilton: Simon Woods I think the english actors would do a better job overall...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
RCL, you took both guys and Mammy right out of my mouth!
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
Oh no......the original Gone with the Wind was a fantastic old movie.
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