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Cast This: Snake Plissken

Apr. 5, 2013by: Niki Stephens

This is territory that we visited three years ago, but now since new rumors have sparked concerning the role of Snake Plissken in the remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, we wonder...who will you cast this time?

A week ago, we got wind that Jason Statham and Tom Hardy were the front men to take over the role once held by Kurt Russell. Now I know that many of you would rather not recast this role. Well, I don't blame you. Russell just so excellently becomes this role and owns the shit out of it so much that it just doesn't feel right to think of anyone else in it. However, what are the odds that Russell even makes a comeback to the role? He said it would take a "shitload of money" for him to even consider it. Do they even want him back? Then wouldn't it be a sequel?

Personally, if i had to choose I know that Josh Holloway would be perfect in a role like this. I think that he has the closest chops to what Russell brought to the big screen. Man, this task is almost as hard as asking you to recast Adrienne Barbeau's role in the film. How do you replace a chick like that? I'm still wondering if this movie will actually ever get made since there's no director and we are just now hearing about the leading role possibly (it was a rumor) being filled. But casting anything is fun, so let's just do it.

Quit stalling and cast your new Snake already!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Who Should Direct The Next James Bond Movie?

1. Christopher Nolan 2. Matthew Vaughn 3. Danny Boyle

Why was I surprised seeing Matthew Vaughn's name getting thrown out by so many people to direct the next BOND? But as I'm scanning and taking down your results, I look up and go, "F*cking Layer Cake!" It was one of those ridiculous moments when you want to slap yourself for not already knowing. I digress, Nolan was the win here, one thing I wasn't surprised by. I loved the dedication and reasoning behind your picks this time. Also, we never discussed if it should be an American or British director, though as you can see no Americans made the cut. Martin McDonagh would have been fourth, and was my second favorite. Geez, hurry up and find a director already. I don't know if I can wait forever.

Source: JoBlo.com

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3:46AM on 04/05/2013

Josh Holloway

Why?

Because he should have been Gambit, he should have been John Carter, because he should be a freaking huge movie star right now. He would be Snake, heart and soul.

JOSH HOLLOWAY
Why?

Because he should have been Gambit, he should have been John Carter, because he should be a freaking huge movie star right now. He would be Snake, heart and soul.

JOSH HOLLOWAY
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3:30PM on 04/06/2013
No, you're right about that. But I think he would have elevated those films considerably. And no, he shouldn't have been in Battleship. Kitsch and that film were made for each other.
No, you're right about that. But I think he would have elevated those films considerably. And no, he shouldn't have been in Battleship. Kitsch and that film were made for each other.
11:36AM on 04/05/2013
Love the guy but the road to movie stardom doesn't roll through a shitty X-film or a well made flop... Should he have starred in Battleship too?
Love the guy but the road to movie stardom doesn't roll through a shitty X-film or a well made flop... Should he have starred in Battleship too?
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4:21AM on 04/05/2013

Guy Pearce

Because he already played this character in Lockout, and did a good job of it.
Because he already played this character in Lockout, and did a good job of it.
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4:33AM on 04/05/2013
Lockout was AWESOME! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lockout was AWESOME! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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4:33AM on 04/05/2013

Thomas Jane or Guy Pearce

I think both Thomas Jane or Guy Pearce would do an excellent job!
I think both Thomas Jane or Guy Pearce would do an excellent job!
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4:50AM on 04/05/2013
JOSH HOLLOWAY
JOSH HOLLOWAY
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4:55AM on 04/05/2013

Ryan Gosling

Because he's a Disney kid who grew to play badass grownups.
Same as Kurt Russell.
Because he's a Disney kid who grew to play badass grownups.
Same as Kurt Russell.
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5:29AM on 04/05/2013
Josh Holloway - think of him in Lost character with an eye patch. That's Snake!
Josh Holloway - think of him in Lost character with an eye patch. That's Snake!
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6:52AM on 04/05/2013
Thomas Jane
Thomas Jane
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7:10AM on 04/05/2013
Are they just trying to get Tom Hardy to play every rebooted action hero franchise. And Tom Jane should be McCloud in Highlander, not Snake.
Are they just trying to get Tom Hardy to play every rebooted action hero franchise. And Tom Jane should be McCloud in Highlander, not Snake.
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7:52AM on 04/05/2013
I think Kurt Russell should play him. Wouldn't that be awesome?
I think Kurt Russell should play him. Wouldn't that be awesome?
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8:05AM on 04/05/2013

How bout this...

Let's start a similar column and call it "Fuck This" cause that's exactly how I feel about rebooting and recasting this. But the a_holes in Hollywood are gonna do it anyway instead of looking to do something wholly original...
Let's start a similar column and call it "Fuck This" cause that's exactly how I feel about rebooting and recasting this. But the a_holes in Hollywood are gonna do it anyway instead of looking to do something wholly original...
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8:13AM on 04/05/2013

Josh Holloway

Can't even imagine somebody else...for me it's a definite lock!
Can't even imagine somebody else...for me it's a definite lock!
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8:14AM on 04/05/2013

There's only one Snake

If they can't get/don't want Kurt Russell and still insist on making this clusterfuck waiting to happen then Josh Brolin.
If they can't get/don't want Kurt Russell and still insist on making this clusterfuck waiting to happen then Josh Brolin.
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8:33AM on 04/05/2013

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

I think that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau aka Jaime Lannister would be a good fit for a new Snake Plissken because he has the same build and has played Jaime Lannister very well. I also feel that Jaime Lannister character has about the same attitude as Snake.
I think that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau aka Jaime Lannister would be a good fit for a new Snake Plissken because he has the same build and has played Jaime Lannister very well. I also feel that Jaime Lannister character has about the same attitude as Snake.
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12:03AM on 04/06/2013
Except for that whole, ya know, fucking his sister thing. Just that ONE thing though...
:)
Except for that whole, ya know, fucking his sister thing. Just that ONE thing though...
:)
8:37AM on 04/05/2013
I definitely agree with Thomas Jane. Actors these days....they lack, what's thats the word I'm looking for? ....Oh yeah, masculinity! *I'm looking at your Gosling*
I definitely agree with Thomas Jane. Actors these days....they lack, what's thats the word I'm looking for? ....Oh yeah, masculinity! *I'm looking at your Gosling*
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10:50AM on 04/05/2013
Well, looks like I offended a couple Ryan Gosling fans.
Well, looks like I offended a couple Ryan Gosling fans.
8:40AM on 04/05/2013

Do what the man asks

Give Kurt Russell the "shitload of cash"
Give Kurt Russell the "shitload of cash"
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8:43AM on 04/05/2013
Some good suggestions already, but maybe Viggo Mortensen would work - he could manage the look for sure and is a decent actor.
Some good suggestions already, but maybe Viggo Mortensen would work - he could manage the look for sure and is a decent actor.
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9:31AM on 04/05/2013

No question...

Thomas Jane
Thomas Jane
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9:34AM on 04/05/2013
Josh Holloway
Josh Holloway
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9:46AM on 04/05/2013
Thomas Jane..or to be honest after Olympus butler wouldn't be that bad
Thomas Jane..or to be honest after Olympus butler wouldn't be that bad
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9:48AM on 04/05/2013

Josh Holloway or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

I think either of the actors would be perfect for the role. They do look and act very similar. I would rather see Josh Holloway just because I think he deserves a break out role but I would not be upset with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
I think either of the actors would be perfect for the role. They do look and act very similar. I would rather see Josh Holloway just because I think he deserves a break out role but I would not be upset with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
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9:56AM on 04/05/2013
There is only one Snake, Kurt Russell but, if we have to recast, My vote is either Norman Reedus or Chris Hemsworth.
There is only one Snake, Kurt Russell but, if we have to recast, My vote is either Norman Reedus or Chris Hemsworth.
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10:00AM on 04/05/2013

:D

Gerard Butler.
Gerard Butler.
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10:34AM on 04/05/2013
Timothy Olyphant!
Timothy Olyphant!
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11:32AM on 04/05/2013
Kurt Russel
Kurt Russel
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11:35AM on 04/05/2013

I know I'm alone here

Joel Edgerton
*hides from stones*
Joel Edgerton
*hides from stones*
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11:38AM on 04/05/2013
Tom Jane or Guy Pierce.
Tom Jane or Guy Pierce.
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11:49AM on 04/05/2013
Josh Holloway as Snake.

Almost as important though, who should they cast as "A-number one" The Duke?
Josh Holloway as Snake.

Almost as important though, who should they cast as "A-number one" The Duke?
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11:51AM on 04/05/2013
Josh Holloway..... Close your eyes and imagine.... See????
Josh Holloway..... Close your eyes and imagine.... See????
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12:00PM on 04/05/2013
Kurt Russell is always going to be Snake Plissken but if they really going to go through with this remake either Timothy Olyphant or Thomas Jane. Both of this guys have the anti-hero cred needed for the character and they are both talented enough actors to make the character their own.
Kurt Russell is always going to be Snake Plissken but if they really going to go through with this remake either Timothy Olyphant or Thomas Jane. Both of this guys have the anti-hero cred needed for the character and they are both talented enough actors to make the character their own.
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12:47PM on 04/05/2013
Dane Cook. So its guaranteed to be a massive, greasy cinematic turd and somebody somewhere takes the hint and they STOP REMAKING CLASSICS! FUCK!

Make NEW movies! Looper, Oblivion, Inception, Elysium...these movies strive to be the sci fi action classics of NOW. By being original and unpredictable and made with skill. Do THAT!
Dane Cook. So its guaranteed to be a massive, greasy cinematic turd and somebody somewhere takes the hint and they STOP REMAKING CLASSICS! FUCK!

Make NEW movies! Looper, Oblivion, Inception, Elysium...these movies strive to be the sci fi action classics of NOW. By being original and unpredictable and made with skill. Do THAT!
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4:24PM on 04/05/2013
Well said sir.

Although I really think Butler would be extremely badass in this. Even the accent would just make it better. That would be the only reason why I would ever want to see this made.
Well said sir.

Although I really think Butler would be extremely badass in this. Even the accent would just make it better. That would be the only reason why I would ever want to see this made.
2:32PM on 04/05/2013
Channing Tatum, though it might clash with that MOTU remake he's gonna be in.
Channing Tatum, though it might clash with that MOTU remake he's gonna be in.
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9:10PM on 04/05/2013
Guys, that was a reference to the April Fool's Day joke Alex Maidy posted on here a few days back.
Guys, that was a reference to the April Fool's Day joke Alex Maidy posted on here a few days back.
4:28PM on 04/05/2013
Gerard butler. that would be the only reason to make it whatsoever.

(and Josh Brolin is also a good choice)
Gerard butler. that would be the only reason to make it whatsoever.

(and Josh Brolin is also a good choice)
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4:56PM on 04/05/2013

Meh..

Just get Jeremy Renner and call it day.
Just get Jeremy Renner and call it day.
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6:03PM on 04/05/2013
Obviously no one can fill the eye-patch worn by Kurt Russell, but if this has to happens Tom Jane is the best pick. Holloway is an interesting choice, but I don't think he wants to get type-cast in the Sawyer role.
Obviously no one can fill the eye-patch worn by Kurt Russell, but if this has to happens Tom Jane is the best pick. Holloway is an interesting choice, but I don't think he wants to get type-cast in the Sawyer role.
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6:36PM on 04/05/2013
Fuck casting a new actor for a remake. Bring back Kurt and make Escape from Earth already.
Fuck casting a new actor for a remake. Bring back Kurt and make Escape from Earth already.
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6:40PM on 04/05/2013
Kurt Russell. No one else.
Kurt Russell. No one else.
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7:14PM on 04/05/2013

KURT RUSSELL.

Kurt. Russell.
Kurt. Russell.
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9:14PM on 04/05/2013
Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton
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9:47PM on 04/05/2013

I dunno, man

I'm thinking there's only 1 Snake
I'm thinking there's only 1 Snake
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10:11PM on 04/05/2013
Jason statham
Jason statham
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10:17PM on 04/05/2013
David Morrissey.

I'm joking of course....maybe.
David Morrissey.

I'm joking of course....maybe.
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12:01AM on 04/06/2013
D-d-d-double post!
D-d-d-double post!
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12:03AM on 04/06/2013

"Welcome to the Human Race..."

Kurt Russell. John Carpenter. Escape from Earth. It's what we want. It should happen ASAFP.
Kurt Russell. John Carpenter. Escape from Earth. It's what we want. It should happen ASAFP.
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12:22AM on 04/06/2013
Josh Holloway would be the best choice. I could totally see him as Snake and wearing the hell out of the eyepatch.

I wouldn't also mind seeing Thomas Jane, Gerard Butler, Timothy Olyphant, or Jeremy Renner.
Josh Holloway would be the best choice. I could totally see him as Snake and wearing the hell out of the eyepatch.

I wouldn't also mind seeing Thomas Jane, Gerard Butler, Timothy Olyphant, or Jeremy Renner.
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1:42AM on 04/06/2013

Aaron Eckhart

Cameo Kurt Russell, if he had not burned the bridge with Escape from LA and was not really old I would say ok. The new 'Bourne'-lite movie with Eckhart looks makes him look believable. Does pissed off well. I like Holloway, but when I saw Ghost Protocol I said look at Sawyer with a haircut. Snake needs wild hair and I think Holloway needs to work to get known with short hair before reminding everyone of Lost again. I would also like Josh Lucas, but he may be better for a slightly more care free
Cameo Kurt Russell, if he had not burned the bridge with Escape from LA and was not really old I would say ok. The new 'Bourne'-lite movie with Eckhart looks makes him look believable. Does pissed off well. I like Holloway, but when I saw Ghost Protocol I said look at Sawyer with a haircut. Snake needs wild hair and I think Holloway needs to work to get known with short hair before reminding everyone of Lost again. I would also like Josh Lucas, but he may be better for a slightly more care free adventurer like Drake from uncharted. Damon killed it as Bourne as a bit of an outside the box. The current crop of go-to action guys are over saturating the market. Reynolds and Renner are great, but they do not need every role. It should be a lot easier to mass produce action icons: brooding check, jawline check, scruff check, give them a reason to run out of bubblegum.
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1:52AM on 04/06/2013

Guy Pearce

He did a great job with the same character and plot in "Lockout".
He did a great job with the same character and plot in "Lockout".
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4:33AM on 04/06/2013

Errrr there is only 1 Snake

Kurt Russell and only Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken. Just do a third film as Kurt still looks good. As long as its better than escape from LA we'll be fine.
Kurt Russell and only Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken. Just do a third film as Kurt still looks good. As long as its better than escape from LA we'll be fine.
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7:49AM on 04/06/2013

Why is there always a 'next' ??

A new Plissken movie would never work, because a) that genre of action hero doesn't exist anymore...no one is like John McClane, a guy making the best of a bad situation, they're all Jason Bourne, reactive and and adjustable to their situation. And b) How many remakes from 80's movies have accomplished anything? Excluding severe reviews?
A new Plissken movie would never work, because a) that genre of action hero doesn't exist anymore...no one is like John McClane, a guy making the best of a bad situation, they're all Jason Bourne, reactive and and adjustable to their situation. And b) How many remakes from 80's movies have accomplished anything? Excluding severe reviews?
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11:29AM on 04/06/2013
Hugh Jackman.
Hugh Jackman.
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12:09PM on 04/06/2013
You can't replace Russell, but if you had to, I'd go with Guy Pearce, Gerard Butler or Karl Urban.
You can't replace Russell, but if you had to, I'd go with Guy Pearce, Gerard Butler or Karl Urban.
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12:34PM on 04/06/2013

How about they just make an ORIGINAL movie--

--the original one seems just fine where it is, I think.
--the original one seems just fine where it is, I think.
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6:30PM on 04/06/2013
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
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2:14PM on 04/07/2013

I came up with a concept several years ago...

There should be one more Snake Plissken movie. Call it "Escape from Earth". The year is 2014 and aliens have invaded planet earth to eat humans. The humans have failed to stop the aliens and they are on the verge of extinction. However, before the invasion, a few high status humans built a spaceship for them to escape the planet when shit hits the fan. It can only hold 50 people or so and those seats are for only high-status individuals including the President of the U.S.. The catch? the
There should be one more Snake Plissken movie. Call it "Escape from Earth". The year is 2014 and aliens have invaded planet earth to eat humans. The humans have failed to stop the aliens and they are on the verge of extinction. However, before the invasion, a few high status humans built a spaceship for them to escape the planet when shit hits the fan. It can only hold 50 people or so and those seats are for only high-status individuals including the President of the U.S.. The catch? the spaceship is no good because it needs a powerful fuel source. The good news? The alien mothership which sits in a remote desert as it directs the invasion is running on an unlimited fuel source known as "plasma rods", which can transport any device and carry a ship trillions of miles. These few select high status humans want to stay alive since earth is beyond saving. Who do they call to get these plasma rods for them? Snake Plissken. The President releases him from custody and convinces him the only way he'll stay alive is if he gets a plasma rod. They even promise him a spot on the escape ship if he succeeds...stick with the same plot points, Snake gets captured but escapes, meets a girl, etc. and in the end he recovers the plasma rod and brings it back to the President and others. But they screw him over telling him there is not enough room but when they put in the plasma rod, it turns out to be a dud and snake still has the real one. Their surrounding areas are under attack from the aliens and time is running out, as the President and the others are being killed and eaten Snake manages to get into the escape ship, input the plasma and fly away. Escaping from earth as the last human in existence. End with a close up of him taking out his pack of cigs and lighting it as he flies way across the galaxy. Have Kurt Russell do it one more time and end the trilogy right.
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12:15AM on 04/08/2013
The problem with doing "Cast This!" for directors these days is that it pretty much doesn't matter what the movie is. Everyone here is just going to say Chris Nolan.

As for casting Snake, if the choice were only between Statham and Hardy, I guess I'd go with Hardy. If we can cast anyone, then I'd go with... Kurt Russell. Yep, I would much rather see another sequel with an aged Snake Plissken doing the "I'm getting too old for this shit" schtick then I would a half-assed reboot.
The problem with doing "Cast This!" for directors these days is that it pretty much doesn't matter what the movie is. Everyone here is just going to say Chris Nolan.

As for casting Snake, if the choice were only between Statham and Hardy, I guess I'd go with Hardy. If we can cast anyone, then I'd go with... Kurt Russell. Yep, I would much rather see another sequel with an aged Snake Plissken doing the "I'm getting too old for this shit" schtick then I would a half-assed reboot.
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