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Oct 11 2012 3:00pm

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

The catchiest and cheeriest of all piano songs must be stuck in the heads of Hollywood producers somewhere because rumors are circulating that a full-blown Peanuts feature film is in the works for 2015 to mark the 65th anniversary of the beloved Charles Schultz creation. And while this movie will likely be an animated feature... what if it wasn’t? What if it was a bizarre live-action film featuring adults in the the roles of the famous characters?

Well, we think it would look something like this.

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Michael Cera as Charlie Brown

Despite his abundant hair, the stuttering adorable Michael Cera would make a great live action Charlie. Plus, there’s just something about him that makes you want to push him around and/or watch him lament.

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Ellen Page as Lucy van Pelt

This would be an awesome Juno re-team up with Michael Cera. Ellen Page would pull that football out of the way like nobody’s business.

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Jesse Eisenberg as Linus van Pelt

Though he’s another curly-haired dorky guy, we think the image of Jesse Eisenburg sucking on this thumb whilst clutching a blanket is ideal for the man who really put Mark Zuckerberg on the map.

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Chloe Grace Moretz as Sally Brown

This adorable Kick-Ass actress was equally quirky and likable in this summer’s Dark Shadows. We think she would be a fun little sister for Charlie. And we love the kind of chirpy menace she would inevitably shade the role with.

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Matt Smith as Schroeder

Yes, Matt Smith has the wrong hair color for Schroeder, but ask yourself this question... can’t you just see him bent over that piano? Being brooding and outbursty and kind of sexy? We may have just revealed too much regarding our feelings about Schroeder.

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Mae Whitman as Peppermint Patty

Good ol’ Egg! Although Mae Whitman was known more as wallpaper as Michael Cera’s girlfriend in Arrested Development, she showed us some serious tomboy chops in Scott Pilgrim. Peppermint Patty lays in the middle of that spectrum in our heads, and we bet Whitman would play her perfectly. (We also briefly considered Kristen Schaal and Catherine Tate.)

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Aubrey Plaza as Marcie

The too-cool-for-school Park and Recreation star could become an even bigger dork as the odd best friend of Peppermint Patty, Marcie. Her utterance of the word “sir” would likely find new hipster irony with Plaza.

This is is turning into Scott Pilgrim 2, and we’re okay with that.

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Andy Samberg as Pig-Pen

A bit of an odd choice, but when you think Pig-Pen you kind of think “stoner” and, well, Andy Samberg!

 

How We Would Cast a Live Action Peanuts Movie

Donald Glover as Franklin

Seriously, there was no other choice for Franklin. Glover, known for his galaxy-spanning depiction of Troy on Community, would end up stealing the movie.

 

Snoopy & Woodstock

This is a tough call! Should they be CGI characters or cartoons or just animals? Or maybe the movie is about finding them, so we only see them at the end? Or maybe the movie turns out to be a screenplay that Snoopy is writing in the real (animated) world? We don’t know! But we’re having fun imagining.

Your turn! What should a Peanuts movie be like?


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17 comments
Amethyst Marie
1. Amethyst
/pictures Lucy leaning over the piano saying, "Hello, Sweetie"

/dies
ChuckEye
2. ChuckEye
Peanuts, RED style:
Charlie Brown: Bruce Willis
Lucy: Sigourney Weaver
Linus: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sally: Teri Garr
Schroeder: Rutger Hauer
Peppermint Patty: Carol Burnett
Marcy: Mary Tyler Moore
Pig-Pen: Tracy Walter
Franklin: Bill Cosby
Tara Mitchell
3. Jaxicat
Hmm, Jonah Hill for Charlie Brown.

Edit: Ooh and Mike Myers as Snoopy, Dana Carvey as Woodstock.
Christopher Hatton
4. Xopher
Jay Baruchel as Snoopy. Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Woodstock. Paul Dano as Linus.

Of course, the young Gary Burghoff did a Charlie Brown that no one has ever beaten, in the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He's too old now, but anyone who imitated him would improve his performance.
Fake Name
5. ThePendragon
After reading this post, I am convinced that there should NEVER be a live action Peanuts made. EVER.
Lee VanDyke
7. Cloric
Ellen Paige as Lucy is spot on. But...

Who thinks stoner when they think Pig-Pen?

And @5 ThePendragon - maybe we can get the UN to pass a resolution to that effect.
Samantha Ricketts
8. Iqeret
How about Snoopy as a collective hallucination that cannot be seen by any adult?

For that matter, it would be interesting to have two versions of the movie in that case.
Mike Conley
9. NomadUK
I'm actually thinking that John Belushi would have made an excellent Snoopy. Little late now, of course ...
ChuckEye
10. fuzzyillogic
Make Snoopy the subjective point of view: Snoopy is the camera, and maybe a commenting voice...
ChuckEye
11. KingZilch
These characters are all around six years old. Also, NO.
Ryan Britt
12. ryancbritt
@11 (the adult/child thing)
I mean, there is a really great stage play called You're a Good Man Charlie Brown that almost always uses adult actors. That was in our minds a bit when we wrote this. :-)
ChuckEye
14. etmull5292
I've always seen it as like a Little Rascals cast, especially if its a Hollywood film. You're a Good Man Charlie Brown is a stage production so of course children can't play those roles. but they could easily be filmed.
ChuckEye
15. SU8
SU sure has some pathetic content in its' db.
ChuckEye
17. Dweezy
Snoop Dogg as snoopy.
ChuckEye
18. Marshalsify
How about the idea of casting Charles Grodin to helped perfect the voice of Snoopy after all, he's a great comedic actor!
ChuckEye
19. Stephy
This would actually be a great cast for Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.

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