Casting Call: ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Remake
It somehow slipped by me last Fall when they announced there will be a remake of one of my favorite horror films: I Know What You Did Last Summer. The 1997 slasher follows four teens who make a terrible mistake that catches up with them a year later. I always watch this film around July 4 and relish it’s small fishing town atmosphere and effective chase scenes that still get me on the edge of my seat no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
I’m not at all surprised to hear that Hollywood is remaking this one but I’m unsure if it will be more like the slasher film or the thriller-drama version in Lois Duncan’s original novel. I am excited to hear that Mike Flanagan (the writer/director of Oculus) will be writing the script. For the sake of this column, let’s pretend it’s going to be a straight remake of the film. This is who I would cast. Spoilers ahead so stop reading if you haven’t seen this 90’s classic yet!
Alex Steele as Julie
Most people will remember Steele as Tori in Degrassi: The Next Generation. She’s been in a few films since but this would be the perfect Final Girl breakout role for this actress who is the right balance of pretty and serious to play Julie.
Noah Gray-Cabey is best known for his role as Micah in Heroes. He’ll be debuting his teenage self in Heroes: Reborn and what newly mature actor doesn’t need a horror movie to prove they’re old and wise?
Sasha Pieterse as Helen
Sasha Pieterse gained fame in her multi-faceted role of Allison on Pretty Little Liars. She’s got the prom queen looks and acting chops to pull off what I think is an underrated horror role. And don’t forget, it’s all about the hair!
Luke Benward as Barry
Luke Benward was a star on the short-lived ABC Family drama Ravenswood. He’s got the handsome jock look down perfectly; just what’s needed to play Barry.
Neal McDonough as Benjamin Willis
Benjamin Willis is the secret pyscho everyday fisherman who stalks and kills our teenagers as revenge. Neal McDonough is great as Dum Dum Dugan and I would love to see him in this role.
Dylan Minnette as Max
Max is the typical useless character; thrown in to show how desirable the lead girl is and to be a random kill to make our villain seem scarier. Dylan Minnette from Prisoners and Scandal is my choice to play Max.
Alexis Knapp as Elsa Neal
Elsa is Helen’s older sister. She’s equally pretty but obviously jealous of her sister’s youth and popularity. I like Alexis Knapp and I’d like to see Elsa’s role expanded in the remake.
Grace Gummer as Missy Egan
Grace Gummer has that mysteriousness needed to play the creepy yet sympathetic character of Missy Egan.