Bryan Singer Imagines Cast of 'The Usual Suspects' If Made in 2013

October 29, 2013

The Usual Suspects

For those who don't know, Film Independent at LACMA in California holds live script readings of popular films from the past hosted by director Jason Reitman. (Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Young Adult) However, this script readings don't round up the original cast of the film, but rather features completely different, and usually unlikely, actors bringing the roles to life. One such reading utilized Christopher McQuarrie's brilliant script for The Usual Suspects with a stellar cast, however, in a recent Twitter Q&A to hype today's release of the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer, director Bryan Singer was asked who he would cast in the film if it were made today. And his answers are pretty damn intriguing.

First of all, here's the cast that was assembled for the live reading at LACMA:

Kevin Pollak as Dean Keaton, originally Gabriel Byrne
Michael C. Hall as Verbal Kint, originally Kevin Spacey
Adam Brody as Michael McManus, originally Stephen Baldwin
Nick Kroll as Fenster, originally Benicio del Toro
Mark Duplass as Todd Hockney, originally Kevin Pollak
Chi McBride as Dave Kujan, originally Chazz Palmintari
Jason Mantzoukas as Jack Baer, originally Giancarlo Esposito
Mae Whitman as Kobayashi and Edie, originally Pete Postlethwaite and Suzy Amis

As for Bryan Singer's 2013 version, this is the cast he would assemble (via SlashFilm):

Chris Hemsworth as Dean Keaton
Dane DeHaan as Michael McManus
Jonah Hill as Todd Hockney
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Fenster
Edward James Olmos as Dave Kujan
Jennifer Lawrence as Edie
Michael Fassbender as Kobayashi
Benedict Cumberbatch as Verbal Kint

Yeah, that's a hell of a cast. Keep in mind, Singer put this together quickly and budget and scheduling was not a factor. Singer must be pretty fond of the word Fassbender and Lawrence are doing in X-Men: Days of Future Past to place them in the hypothetical film. Some of the roles seem like they would be a bit strange like Chris Hemsworth as Dean Keaton, but it's not crazy. Probably the best bit of casting that would make a remake of The Usual Suspects in the hands of Bryan Singer all the more amazing would be Benedict Cumberbatch as Verbal Kint, especially if you've actually seen the film. What do you think?

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  • Scotty97
    I love him in general, but Benedict Cumberbatch?
  • OfficialJab
    Think I'd take Kroll over Levitt!
  • Guest
    I think most fans of his movie would've done a better job at assembling an updated cast, but okay.
  • Cal J.
    There are some films that are iconic, stand-alone classics that can never be equaled with a remake or sequel. This film is one of them. Don't even think about it.
  • cobrazombie
    Chris Hemsworth is a block of wood.
  • nomad82
    do not tamper with the primmal forces of the universe... leave well enough alone... ;)
  • Jim Dawkins
    Nothing can compare to the original. God even the thought of a remake is sacrilege.
  • kalne
    Nick Kroll knows Singer because his family protects Singer's interests.. Singer uses Kroll (and lawyer Martin Singer ) to get him out of his MESSES. The sole reason that Singer has not been criminally prosecuted, in other words. Still, Bryan Singer couldn't be that much a sell out to want to cast talent free Nick Kroll as Fenster. Hollywood is completely infested with this Nick Kroll creature. This was a great film and to see the worst one percenter that ever lived sully it...



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