Cast/Recast: Blade Runner

In 1982, Ridley Scott presented us with a cinematic masterpiece view of the future. We’re now just four years away from catching up to the year in which it is set – 2019 – so I thought it might be ripe for a recast. Much as I would hate to see this classic remade or rebooted (some films should just be left alone!), if I were to make this movie today, here’s who I would choose for my cast…

Blade Runner (1982)

Character: Rick Deckard (human?)
Originally played by: Harrison Ford
Recast: Michael Fassbender

DECKARDSlightly rough around the edges, careworn, but with a gentleness to him, Deckard is a man of complicated character, and we’re never sure if he’s human or if he’s replicant too. Ford leaves big shoes to fill for this role, and Fassbender is one of only very few actors today who could fill them. I think he’d be perfect as our leading man in a remake.

Character: Roy Batty (replicant)
Originally played by: Rutger Hauer
Recast: Ryan Gosling

BATTYSwitching from violence to romantic poet in the blink of an eye, Hauer gave the leader of the escaped replicants a soul. His deadpan delivery of his final lines remain one of the most heartbreaking moments ever committed to film, and I think Gosling has exactly the right kind of look to be able to carry off the almost total lack of expression as he gives his heartrending monologue.

Character: Rachael (replicant)
Originally played by: Sean Young
Recast: Carey Mulligan

RACHAELWith her perfect, doll-like features and soulful eyes, Mulligan could portray the calm, yet confused Rachel with aplomb, infusing her with both softness and intelligence, making her a very tempting prospect for Deckard.

Character: Pris (replicant)
Originally played by: Daryl Hannah
Recast: Milla Jovovich

PRISEqual parts innocent and seductive, this acrobatic replicant needs to be able to kick ass, but also inspire sympathy. The role has echoes of Leeloo in The Fifth Element, and I can see Jovovich shining as this character.

Character: Zhora (replicant)
Originally played by: Joanna Cassidy
Recast: Christina Hendricks

ZORAHThis sexy-as-sin exotic dancer must have a body to die for, so who better than the modern day equivalent of Marilyn Monroe? Hendricks exudes confidence, and would be absolutely irresistible to pretty much anyone. Don’t you think she’d look awesome with a replicant snack draped around her shoulders?

Character: Leon (replicant)
Originally played by: Brion James
Recast: Jonah Hill

LEONThis may come as a surprise, but this was actually the first part I cast in my head. We had just sat down to watch Blade Runner for the first time in years, and from the first scene with Leon, I thought to myself, “Jonah Hill would be perfect in that role!”, and my recasting began! I wanted all my replicants to look soulful, to blur the lines between human and replicant, so that their fight for their right for continued existence would be all the more poignant. Just look at Hill’s face. Look at his eyes. Wouldn’t he be compelling? I’d love to see him in this kind of role.

Character: J F Sebastian (human)
Originally played by: William Sanderson
Recast: Peter Dinklage

JF SEBASTIANDinklage has gone supernova off the back of Game of Thrones, and his stellar talent would mean he could play the role of the shy, retiring genius with a condition which means he ages prematurely, without making him remotely creepy (which I think would be a pitfall some other actors might fail to avoid). Strange as the pairing may seem, I think the scenes between JF and Pris would work wonderfully between Dinklage and Jovovich.

Character: Dr Eldon Tyrell (human)
Originally played by: Joe Turkel
Recast: Colin Firth

tyrellTyrell, the genius who has built up the large Tyrell Corporation, is the man who built the four-year lifespan into the Nexus 6 models, but also the “guardian” of Rachael. I want him to be capable of being ruthless and business-like, yet sympathetic. He also needs to be someone credible as a distinguished man of means and high intelligence. I can think of no better candidate than Colin Firth – a man of many talents.

Character: Captain Harry Bryant (human)
Originally played by: M. Emmet Walsh
Recast: Giancarlo Esposito

BRYANTAs captain of the Rep-Detect department of the Los Angeles Police Department, Harry Bryant is charged with the recovery of the escaped Nexus 6 replicants. He always seemed a little weathered and jaded to me, and I can picture Esposito fitting the role perfectly.

Character: Gaff (human)
Originally played by: Edward James Olmos
Recast: Takeshi Kaneshiro

GAFFI toyed with the idea of several actors in the role of the mysterious origami-folding Gaff, including Benicio del Toro and Chen Chang. In the end, I went with Takeshi Kaneshiro, as I think he would bring a sleek, slick air to Gaff, and he would certainly stand out as being completely different to Deckard.

So, there we go – my own personal wish list for a reboot of this seminal sci-fi classic.

Do you agree with my choices? Either way, I’d love to know. And if you’d cast someone else, leave a comment below with your choice and reason for casting them.

Hair today, gone tomorrow…

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These lovely locks are coming off!

My Great Grandad died when I was six months old. He was diagnosed with cancer and told he had weeks to live, but he hung on in there to meet his first great grandchild. I never knew him, but I knew ABOUT him. A couple of years ago my Uncle Cas died of pancreatic cancer. It was sudden – very unexpected – we hadn’t even known he was ill. It was a shocking loss. He’d been there all my life and then suddenly, he wasn’t.

In recent years, my Auntie has beaten breast cancer, Grom has beaten skin cancer twice, and my Dad has beaten prostate cancer too. You could say cancer kind of runs in my family.

It’s a scary thought, but I don’t think I know ANYONE who hasn’t either had cancer or knows someone who has fought it or died of it.

So, I’m taking part in the BRAVE THE SHAVE challenge.

A year from now, I will have all my hair shaved off.

This is for all those who have fought and won, for those who are still fighting, for those who lost their battles, and for all the families who have to watch their loved ones go through it.

I’ll also be donating my hair to Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs from donated hair for those who have none of their own for whatever reason, hence I’m growing it for a year beforehand (it’s currently almost a foot long, but I’d like to really give it my all and have another five or six inches extra to give!).

My target is £365 – £1 for every day I’ll be growing my hair. £1 for each day between now and the day it all comes off! Of course, I’d LOVE to smash that target, but it’s a place to start, right?!

My locks will be lopped on 2nd August 2016.

If you’d like to sponsor me,
you can do so at my

All money goes directly to
Macmillan Cancer Support.

Happy anniversary, honey

Happy twelfth wedding anniversary to my lovely Hubby.

I’d have got less for murder, but then I would have had to dispose of the body, and who has the time or energy for that?

Just kidding!

It doesn’t seem like twelve years. Sometimes it feels like five minutes, other times like a century. But in a good way.

I love you, honey.

Signing the register
Look how young we looked!

When work outs don’t work out

cddotiSo, I thought I’d put Choochie down for his nap, then do the Camilla Dallerup Dance Off the Inches DVD (which is an hour long). Except Choochie refused point blank to go down for his nap. Not one to be put off, I decided to put on the DVD and dance around my 22 month old toddler.

But he’s hit a clingy phase, and screamed the whole time unless I was holding him.

The upshot is, I’ve only done half the DVD, but I’ve done it while carrying the extra weight of a small child in my arms. I am now sweating like a beast and running a bath. Of course, now I’ve switched off the DVD, he’s quiet, but you can bet that if I put the DVD back on, he’d be screaming to be held – cheeky little beggar!

Ah well, at least I got in a semi-decent work out and worked up a good, hard sweat!

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Butter wouldn’t melt!

End of year school report

11053636_10155725734010386_2154273092184096816_oTadpole came home with his end of year school report and results to his Year 1 phonics test. Let’s just say we’re incredibly proud of our eldest son!

He got a fantastic 39/40 in his phonics test, and is above expected levels in most areas of the curriculum (and at expected level for the rest).

He also brought home a medal for participation in sports day (everyone gets one of those) and a curriculum award (not everyone gets that one – you have to have done very well to get that!).

We couldn’t be prouder of him!

Sports Day

Today is sports day at Tadpole’s school, and this year we were actually allowed to come along and cheer our kids on (unlike last year, when they dubbed it “school games day” and wouldn’t let us in to watch – there must have been loads of complaints to make them change their minds this year!). We weren’t allowed to take photographs or shoot video (school policy), but we were there to watch our kids having a fun time.

Yesterday, the kids all came home from school with a letter which included this information:

Yesterday's letterAs we left, a couple of Mums were grumbling, saying that it was ridiculous that we were given this information the night before, and what if the kids didn’t already have a T-shirt in their house colours? Were the parents expected to go out tonight to buy one? We should have had at least a week of notice!

I pointed out that the information was in the newsletter we were given nearly three weeks ago. Here’s what it said:

Last month's newsletter

This is the response I got:

“Oh, I never read those things! Nobody ever reads those things!”

Well, call me “Nobody”, but I always read those newsletters. They are only two sheets of A4, printed on both sides – it takes all of maybe five minutes to read, and it contains pertinent information such as school holidays, teacher training and in-service days, forthcoming trips and events, and things like sending your kids to school wearing their house colours on sports day.

If you’re not going to read the information your kids’ school sends you, don’t complain when they remind you of the information you already have the night before a big event in your child’s life!

Right, now I’m off to take Tadpole to school and cheer him on in his races!

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All ready to compete – wearing a T-shirt in his house colour, which is blue!

Edited to add: Tadpole came away with a second place in the running race (against the fastest kid in his key stage – and it was a close race!), and third place in the sack race (he fell over – LOL!). Everyone had a whale of a time – the kids were all beaming! Well done to all the kids. :)