I think the music that you loved as a teenager ends up being the music that you love for the rest of your life. I can’t get past what I listened to in high school – 1990s alternative and 1960s rock. Movies featuring music of those eras are also perennial favorites. One of my favorite music movies from the 90s is Empire Records.
If Hollywood calls me to remake Empire Records, he’s how I would recast it:
Lucas is an idealistic, quirky music fan who is skeptical of the man. That is basically Joseph Gordon-Levitt in real life and in every role.
AJ: Johnny Whitworth to Robert Pattinson
AJ is artistic and moody and fixated on a girl. And he has great hair. This is what R-Pat loves to do. He’s pretty funny in How to Deal, and I think he’d like being in an ensemble movie.
Debra: Robin Tunney to Emma Watson
Debra is dark and sensitive, which seems to be what Emma Watson is getting into playing. Plus, she can pull off very short hair.
Gina: Renee Zellweger to Jennifer Lawrence
Gina allegedly gets around but also has a real heart of gold. She uses her looks as a shield. J-Law’s got this role in the bag.
Mark: Ethan Embry to Logan Lerman
Mark is kind of a cool dork with an innocence about him. Lerman nailed this in Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Corey: Liv Tyler to Brittany Snow
Corey seems like she’s playing alternative but is actually privileged, but secretly furious, which was Brittany Snow in Hairspray.
Joe: Anthony LaPaglia to Mark Duplass
Joe is still not a cog in the man’s machine, but he’s a little older and more cynical than the rest of the crew. And he’s a musician. Duplass is musical and is always ready to stick it to the man.
Rex Manning: Max Caulfield to Paul Rudd
Rex Manning is a washed-up creep who is good-looking and has strong features. Paul Rudd is not washed up, but he is old enough to play someone who is washed up.
Any suggestions? Who did I miss?