Since Jason Reitman revealed he’d be staging The Princess Bride for his next Film Independent at LACMA Live Read, we’ve been chomping at the bit to find out who will fill the iconic roles from Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic. In the meantime, we want to hear your thoughts. Who would you like to see as Princess Buttercup and Westley? The revenge-driven Inigo Montoya and the querulous Vizzini? What about Miracle Max and Valerie? And don’t forget Prince Humperdinck! See some of our ideas, and share your own casting choices below.
Grandfather (Originally played by Peter Falk)
Who better to tell William Goldman’s story than one of the greatest storytellers of cinematic history? Martin Scorsese would bring a lovely sense of seriousness and warmth to the role — not to mention some formidable eyebrows.
Grandson (Originally played by Fred Savage)
No one screams Savage more than Modern Family‘s chipmunk-cheeked, curly-haired Nolan Gould (Luke), though his costar Rico Rodriguez (Manny) would bring a nice touch of precociousness to the part.
Westley (Originally played by Cary Elwes)
Call me crazy, but I’m thinking Michael Fassbender. He’s played a hunger striking prisoner, a psychologist, a sex addict, and a badass action hero, why not a romantic lead? Then again, every production is made better by a little Gosling, and his Spirit Award-nominated role in Drive proved he’ll go to any length to protect his lady. Those Rodents of Unusual Size better watch their backs… and skulls.
Buttercup (Originally played by Robin Wright)
She’s playing an Evil Queen next June, but Charlize Theron definitely has the stunning beauty to pull off the part. Anne Hathaway also has Princess experience. For someone a little more age appropriate (Wright was only 21 when she filmed the movie), Jennifer Lawrence could bring Buttercup’s steeliness to the fore, and Elizabeth Olsen can’t be beat for doe-eyed loveliness.
Prince Humperdinck (Originally played by Chris Sarandon)
He’s used to playing good guys, but I suspect Patrick Wilson could really sink his teeth into role of the villainous prince.
Count Tyrone Rugen (Originally played by Christopher Guest)
Guest’s six-fingered glove will be mighty hard to fill, but George Clooney could explore his own darkness in an out-of-the-box, one-time-only performance. That said, it’s unlikely Clooney will be able to take time away from his busy schedule of vacationing in Italy, receiving accolades, and generally being smolderingly gorgeous. In that case, Rainn Wilson would bring a delightfully Schrute-ian sense of sadism to the part.
Inigo Montoya (Originally played by Mandy Patinkin)
After spending the last seven years playing Spanish swashbuckler Puss in Boots, is there anyone better suited than Antonio Banderas to deliver the line, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”?
Vizzini (Originally played by Wallace Shawn)
Hilariously whiny Patton Oswalt could take on this role with aplomb (though, for my money, he would be spot-on as The Albino).
Fezzick (Originally played by André the Giant)
Let’s see, a lumbering, incomprehensible oaf… Kris Humphries, anyone? Fezzick doesn’t exactly need acting chops, but if Reitman were looking for someone with a little more on-screen presence, Jason Segel could pull it off.
Miracle Max and Valerie (Originally played by Billy Crystal and Carol Kane)
Though he’s certainly aged into the part beautifully, Crystal is a little bit busy right now. J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney would be brilliant to reprise their rapport from Juno.
Oh, the possibilities! Share your choices in the comments below, PopWatchers. Maybe if you make your voices heard loud enough, Reitman will do as you wish…