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The Results Are In: Recast Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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!

Your passion for Buffy the Vampire Slayer certainly came out in this recast — one of the biggest ever! I'm seriously impressed with the time so many of you put into your recasts, choosing actors to play numerous other characters and painstakingly explaining your picks.

Buffy herself seemed to be the toughest choice, though there were several common picks to play her, most notably Hayden Panettiere and Kristen Bell. Amber Tamblyn was another interesting choice, and I got a kick out of supertramp's explanation for her choice of Evan Rachael Wood: "If she can deal with Mr. Manson, she can handle vampires." Many of you leaned toward Tina Majorino to play Willow, and Ellen Page was another common pick for that role. As for Spike, I was particularly intrigued by caseystrip and alynn's choice of Cillian Murphy.

But my favorite overall recast came from Adrenalynn75! To see wh Adrenalynn75 chose, along with some new cast photos, just


Buffy — Leighton Meester
Willow — America Ferrera
Xander — Justin Long
Giles — Kelsey Grammer
Spike — James Marsden

Buffy, Willow, and Spike:

Giles and Xander:

Her bonus picks:
Angel — Josh Duhamel
Cordelia — Rachel Bilson
Faith — Kristen Bell
Drusilla — Angelina Jolie

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blossommac blossommac 8 years
i think it will be a young not known cast ...i love leighton but i dont see her like buffy
celeb_obsessed25 celeb_obsessed25 9 years
Don't really agree with the list but I can definetly see Justin Long as Xander! Oh yes! I can kind of see Leighton as Buffy.
Richjl413 Richjl413 9 years
AM I TOO LATE TO ENTER???? WELL HERE GOES ANYWAY: Drusilla - Summer Glau Giles - Michael Caine Angel - Christian Bale (Imagine his voice in your head - a perfect brooding Angel) Spike - Colin Farrell - (Also, Imagine his voice in your head - He's got the voice and the attitude to play Spike perfectly) Buffy - Saffron Burrows
elanakat elanakat 9 years
LOVE James Mardsen! Just saw him in 27 Dresses, and he was way easy on the eyes!
crystalsinger crystalsinger 9 years
Can anyone post some pix of any of these recast people? I'm either incredibly old (shut up) or just out of the loop 'coz I'm in Australia - but I don't recognise a single name... :-(
Cherylish Cherylish 9 years
I think Rachel Bilson as Cordelia is good and I could see Kristen Bell as Faith but I don't know about the others. I especially don't see Leighton as Buffy, but then again I find it very hard thinking of anyone else ever filling the Buffy cast's shoes.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
cant agree here. i dont like any of them but Justin. Sorry. good try though.
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 9 years
Hehehe....James is a funny choice..querky ...I likes
shadow_girl shadow_girl 9 years
I hate to be the lone voice of dissent here but I think this recasting is horrible! With the exception of Kelsey Grammer and possibly James Marsden, these actors are all lightweights who couldn't do justice to the roles. James Marsden is a decent actor but I seriously doubt he could even come close to doing as good a job as James Marsters. And Leighton Meester as Buffy? Sacrilege! Then again, I worship at the altar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and probably wouldn't be satisfied with anything other than the original cast.
PrSiren PrSiren 9 years
Ew wtf? the only ones I agree with are Rachel Bilson & Justin Long. Leighton Meister is not cool enough to be Buffy. And Angelina as Drusilla? She'd be a better Faith.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
I don't know why but America Ferrera irks me. :irk:
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Congratulations Winner! Not sure who the girl is you picked for Buffy.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Congrats! I loved Xander but i could see Justin Long playing him, other than that i can't picture any of those people. That was a hard one to recast.
suemey suemey 9 years
at leat for me recast this series is herecy! unthinkable, i cannot bring my self to do it. im sorry for this harsh comment
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
yum, James Marsden as Spike would be hot...those leather pants..oh yeah. I didn't even think about this recast because I love this show so much and I couldn't even think of recasting it. But all in all, good recast. R-Bills as Cordi is great!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
James Marsden as Spike, love it!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
James Marsden would make a sexy Spike.
naked_american naked_american 9 years
Frickin terrible... this show can't be recast! It's already perfection!!
alillee alillee 9 years
I love these picks..except for Justin Long as Xander. I don't find Justin Long that attractive and I always had a hugggggeeee crush on Xander! Tear tear...I miss Buffy!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Wow, interesting choices! HAHA Kelsey Grammar as Giles? That made me LOL. :-P I'm loving the idea of America Ferrara as Willow. And Josh Duhamel as Angel.. yummo.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
LOL! I never win anything. =) Glad it had to do with Buffy!
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 9 years
Spike? Not Angel? Grrr, it would have been interesting to see what everyone would have cast for him! But this casting seems great. Ellen Page sounds interesting too - what a different take! That would be a snarky, a little less smooth Buffy. I think Leighton Meester would be a little more sultry take, also interesting.
verily verily 9 years
Some of the picks are really good, but yikes, Kelsey Grammer? Ew ew double ew. I have to stand by the suggestions for Hugh Laurie in Gile's shoes as he would be over the top perfect as both straight laced Giles and Ripper. Love the James Marsden choice--cheekbones, lean build, pretty eyes, and everything...and ha! people tend to confuse the name Marsden with Marsters already. America Ferrara is a good choice for Willow. A really good choice. And I could see Justin Long filling the Xan-man's shoes.
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