It seems that near every Disney classic is getting a live-action treatment, whether it be now or in the future. 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Dumbo, and even the treasured Disney classic, The Lion King. With this in mind, it's safe to say that no classic Disney film is 100% protected from getting a live-action treatment(much to the chagrin of myself and many other fans of the classic films, I'm sure) So the question is...which movie is next? If it was up to me, I'd forget the Mulan and Dumbo remake and I'd steer clear of The Lion King to not bring about the risk of rioting (though I'm sure a lot of that has happened already with the fans...for good reason)
If Disney has their eye set on remaking many classics their fans hold dear, I honestly think that The Rescuers has to be on their list. At least I hope it is. Think about it. It has a simple yet interesting plot, some definitive comedic moments (The Organ Scene), and some thrilling moments as well (The Cave Scene).
Plus, it'd be interesting to see it updated. Picture it. An Amber Alert goes out for a missing girl but she has been taken to an undisclosed location in the swamps of Louisiana so all give up hope when she cannot be found...except for the Rescue Aid Society. But that's just the beginning. I'll explain a couple other changes below when I introduce you to the fan cast I have chosen that I believe would do their counterparts justice:
Jonah Hill as Bernard
Probably not what you were expecting but hear me out. Jonah Hill has worked in animated films before such as Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, and Sausage Party (which is NOT a kid's film) so he has some prior experience in voice work. Playing the superstitious and timid Bernard who sometimes attempts to be heroic would be a great way to bring about Hill's charisma as well as his comedic side. I actually could picture Bernard having somewhat of a sarcastic side from being a worrywart and that's what Hill could pull off quite nicely. Aside from his voice work, Hill also has the body to perform motion capture if need be for his own part, therefore making Bernard look more authentic and Hill's performance even more brilliant.
Margot Robbie as Bianca
If you've seen Suicide Squad, you'll know who Margot Robbie is. She has played adventurous roles as characters like Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad) and Jane (The Legend of Tarzan)I'll get some backlash for this one because Margot Robbie isn't Austrian like Miss Bianca is in the original film, but Australian. But this could be one change the updated live-action Rescuers could make and it would work out. If this movie does well with critics and fans, Disney's next move would be to fly Bernard and Bianca to her home country of Australia for Rescuers Down Under. The idea would be during the first film, we know Bianca is from Australia because she gives tidbits about it during the film of her experiences there. (Even mentioning an old flame named Jake, perhaps?) The mentioning of an old flame at certain points would perk up Bernard to act a bit heroic, even if he is a little skittish about it. Margot has the perfect voice to pull off a young and gorgeous mouse who is indeed adventurous.
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Penny
Just the picture above shows why Alyvia Alyn Lind would be a perfect choice for Penny. Only being 9 years old, Lind has starred in CBS's Soap Opera, The Young and the Restless as daughter Faith Newman. She could pull off a sad and lonely Penny as well as the cuteness and bubbliness. My idea is Penny resides in Morningside Orphanage and has been since she was three years old. When she was first admitted, she was scared but her best friend, an orphanage pet cat named Rufus, brought her a teddy bear that he had found and comforted her. Penny yearns for a family as the years go by and thinks she gets her chance when a redheaded woman (Madame Medusa) claims to be her long-lost aunt and offers her a home. She then kidnaps Penny and they both fly to Devil's Bayou, a hidden marsh in Louisiana and Penny sees through Medusa's ruse but cannot escape and desperately needs help. Lind's acting would not only shine during sad and happy scenes, but the scenes when she is standing up to Medusa.
Imelda Staunton as Madame Medusa
Every Harry Potter fan knows Imelda Staunton as the evil Dolores Umbridge. If you've seen that performance, surely you'll know why I chose her as Madame Medusa. But that's not the only role her inner Medusa shined through in. In the film Nanny McPhee, Staunton plays the role of Cook who is not evil but constantly complaining and extremely strict. While watching the original film, I caught a couple of things about Medusa that would give some inspiration to the live-action version. First off, Medusa wears a bunch of makeup. (Come on, don't tell me that isn't too much eye shadow). Next, her....ahem....cleavage really sinks to her middle. The point of all this is that Medusa may look older than she appears. I'm guessing late forties or early fifties. This would give the talented Staunton room to portray an older Medusa who is obsessed with riches and possibly a chance to play the role of a villain that could top the Dolores Umbridge performance (if that's even possible). The idea in the live action film would be that in her past, she still was a vain young girl that boys used to throw themselves at...mainly for her father's riches. However, at one point in her life, her father lost near the entirety of his riches and opened a pawn shop to make ends meet. Because she was no longer rich, boys didn't want her...except one nerdy young man that still wanted her, a fellow named Snoops who eventually became her henchman. But that would be a backstory as to why she will stop at nothing to obtain her riches once more.
Greg Proops as Mr. Snoops
Just...look at the above picture. Greg Proops is a comedian that has been featured on shows like Whose Line is it Anyway and True Jackson, VP. If there's one thing Proops can pull off it's a humorous character and that's exactly what Mr. Snoops is. Aside from being a villain, he is a character of comedic relief through mainly slapstick humor (such as getting his hair shot off by Medusa or getting hit by her. Thin out Snoops for this film and Proops would be the perfect choice to do him justice.
Reba McEntire as Ellie Mae
Ellie Mae is one of the swamp critters that leads the charge against Medusa and who better than to play a rambunctious rodent who'd like to take a swing at Medusa with her rolling pin than country singer Reba McEntire. McEntire has had plenty of experience in acting and even voice acting in a Disney production (The Fox and the Hound 2) This country singer would lend a sassy and southern spunk to Ellie Mae that would make the character more memorable
Larry the Cable Guy as Luke
Who better than to portray hillbilly moonshine-drinking swamp critter Luke than Larry the Cable Guy? Larry would bring some redneck charismatics into Luke that would make him even more memorable and funny. They could even throw in a "git-r-dun" joke for the older ones who take their kids to see this remake.
That was all the cast I could think of for this live-action fan cast for The Rescuers. Except one more....
Liam Neeson as Percival C. McLeach
Liam Neeson as Percival C. McLeach...'nuff said. From The Dark Knight Trilogy to the Taken trilogy to The Grey, Neeson would be an ideal McLeach. Imagine a post-credits scene in the live-action film where we would see nothing but desert and then see a giant bag being dragged behind an unknown man. Feathers float out of it. He snatches a feather then puts the bag in a cage in his truck and then enters the truck. We see a Goanna sitting in the passenger's seat like a trained dog. He puts a hat on and inserts the feather. A beeper on his cell phone goes off indicating he has caught something else in the Bush. "Well, Joanna, what have we got here..." And of course the thing caught in his trap is Cody, the little boy who McLeach kidnaps. That would set the tone for a sequel.
So after this, I wanna know your thoughts. Comment below who your choices for a live-action Rescuers would be.