With the recent uproar over the new all-female Ghostbusters cast, we wondered how people would react to other films being rebooted with a gender swap! After it was recently announced that Mellissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon would be taking the reigns as the new and updated Ghoul-busting quartet, plenty of critics were eager to express how they thought these ladies wouldn’t suit the role. Some went as far as to say that the gender swap would “ruin” the classic movie.
And this is where we say – you’re wrong! The same could be said for so many different films that have a dominantly male/female cast – if you swapped the genders, it wouldn’t work. To silence the critics, here’s 10 other films we think would be very interesting to watch if the genders were swapped! Source: Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels originated as a television series about three women who work for a private investigation agency, and is one of the first shows to showcase women in roles traditionally reserved for men. The series was broadcast from 1976 to 1981 and was one of the most successful series of the 1970s. It was later created into a film version starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.
It would be interesting to see the gender role reversal for Charlie’s Angels, as you could imagine the male angels would have to be glamorous (possibly camp), using their charm to half flirt half fight their way through the investigations! I must say, I can imagine Channing Tatum would be interested in this type of role!
In fact, ABC attempted to create a spin-off for Charlie’s Angels in 1980 called Toni’s Boys. The show was essentially a gender reversal of Charlie’s Angels and starred Barbara Stanwyck as Antonia “Toni” Blake, a wealthy widow and friend of Charlie’s who ran a detective agency. The agency was operated by three good looking male detectives who took direction from Toni, and solved crimes in a way similar to the Angels.
So, we know it’s been tried before, but we want a big-screen version! – Emily Jesson
The Die Hard franchise stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, a badass guy who basically shoots and blows up a lot of people (and at some point takes out a helicopter with a police car). If John McClane was Jane McClane, I reckon she would be even more badass and hopefully come up with a better line than “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!” We need more daring, caution-to-the-wind type females in films!
In a way I can sort of imagine Melissa McCarthy in the role of Jane McClane, due to her performance in The Heat with Sandra Bullock. She is bold and she definitely has the guts, the drive and the witty one liners. Also, it would be hilarious to see her re-enact the scene from the first film where Bruce ties the fire hose around his waist before jumping off the roof as it blows up. For some reason I don’t think that scene would go quite as smoothly with Melissa McCarthy, but you never know, and I’m sure she’d be willing to give it a good go! – Emily Jesson
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Thelma and Louise
Everyone knows about the girl power of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in their classic roles as Thelma and Louise. But if this was a man love picture, who would take their place and drive off the cliff hand in hand? You surely can’t look much further than James Franco and Seth Rogen. They have a proven track record in buddy movies and with Franco taking the role as the dizzy naive Thelma and Rogen as the mature hearty Louise, (or should it be maybe Terry and Lewis?) this could be even better than the original. All we need now is some young model to take the place of Brad Pitt. –Francis Jolley
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Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi have cemented their names to these former Saturday Night Live characters. The blues and soul loving delinquents sing and dance their way around Chicago whilst being chased by the police, Good ol’ Boys and nearly everyone else they encounter in the musical comedy. But if it was the Blue’s Sisters? Then surely it has to be Anna Kendrix as as Elwood (Eileen) Blues and Melissa McCarthy as Jake (Joan) Blues, who knows how good McCarthy will be at singing Aretha Franklin, but her comedy is so close to the legend of Belushi, know one else could play this role. Kendrix can obviously sing and do comedy, so this has to be the perfect combination. Bring on the Blues Sisters! – Francis Jolley
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50 Shades of Grey
This BDSM blockbuster of the year has seen women gather in their thousands to drool over the sexual appetites of Mr Christian Grey. But, imagine if we swapped that over to Christina Grey, instead? A film that would guarantee to appeal to every teenage boy (and most other men) eager to watch a movie about a sex-crazed dominatrix that they can actually go to the CINEMA to see, rather than Redtube. You could literally place any of your favourite females in this role. But, guys will have to keep dreaming for now, because it’s unlikely to happen for a very long time.
One thing this gender swap brings to question is the whole feminism debate around the “submissive woman” factor of the movie. What if it were a submissive male? Would we have had the whole uproar over demoralising men, too? Hmm. – Trudy Williams
The Ted film, although enjoyed by most women, would probably be classed as a “lads movie” by most standards. They hang around, playing video games, drinking beer and the like. However, I can imagine Tanya (Terry? Tedina?) the bear would have a very different lifestyle. It would be very amusing to see a chick-flick version of this human-bear-friendship on our big screens, shopping trip anyone? The main body of the plot could play out in a very similar way with the reverse gender, just with little twists here and there. Now, we just need Mila Kunis to sign up for the lead role! – Trudy Williams
One thing you really don’t see much of is female stoner comedy. We’ve seen great male acts throughout the years in Cheech and Chong, Harold and Kumar, Pineapple Express – the list goes on and on. Seth Rogen and James Franco currently take the top spot for stoner comedies, but wouldn’t it be awesome if we had a female counterpart for once? There’s one actress who would have to be in one of the leading roles – Anna Faris (Scary Movie, Smiley Face) who always pulls off the dozy, half awake character in her comedy roles. Teaming her up with another comedy great just might spark a new stoner-comedy style! We’ll have to wait and see… – Trudy Williams
Lord of the Rings
In my opinion, one of the most awesome, powerful lines in the Lord of the Rings trilogy is the famous “I am no man!” line spoken by Eowyn in the final battle. This got me thinking how amazing it would be if LOTR had a new updated version with ladies! I know, the dust has barely settled on the new Hobbit instalments yet, but it’s still a nice idea, right?
There’s a whole host of strong female actresses in the cast of Game of Thrones that might be suitable to take roles, and I can definitely imagine Jennifer Lawrence playing a Frodo-type character (Freya, maybe?) after her sterling performances in The Hunger Games movies. – Trudy Williams
So, here’s a few acts the film team think would be great to see. Got any more? Comment below!