Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.
This week I'm turning to a really great all-ages comic that just started its second arc at Boom Studios, Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams. It's teen detective story centered on the title character, whose father manages a resort hotel in Florida, in a world that looks a lot like the early 1960s.
To be completely honest, I'm still on the fence about whether this would make a better movie or TV show. The premise and cast of characters would easily work as an ongoing series, but I feel like TV's still not that great at all-ages stories, and I'd hate to see a sanitized Disney Channel version of Goldie Vance. Also I really wanted to use Chris Hemsworth, and he's not really at the TV phase of his career yet.
So as long as we're imagining, let's assume the best of both worlds, and imagine a whole series of movies, in which Goldie and her friends solve case after case, while navigating their personal issues along the way.
Yara Shahidi as Goldie Vance
Shahidi's already a breakout star at such a young age, making a name for herself on Black-ish. This would be a perfect vehicle for her.
China Anne McClain as Cheryl
McClain will be a great contrast to Shahidi as Goldie's more grounded best friend.
Chris Hemsworth as Walter
Hemsworth showed such comedic potential in Ghostbusters that I really want him to do more with that. He'll be a lot smarter in this movie, but still pretty goofy.
Skylan Brooks as Rob
The best possible Rob would be a time-displaced Fresh Prince-era Alfonso Ribeiro. But in his absence, Brooks will do a fine job.
Jamie Foxx as Goldie's Dad
I think Foxx is at his best when he plays characters with some warmth at their core, which will make him great as Mr. Vance.
Christina Hendrix as Goldie's Mom
Hendrix rose to fame as a '60s beauty for the 21st Century, which makes her ideal for Goldie's mom, an occasional mermaid.
Hailee Steinfeld as Diane
Cut Steinfeld's hair and give her that beatnik glamour, and she'll be a perfect love interest.
Ehren Kassam as Skunk Hess
He already looks like him, just give him that skunk stripe and he's ready to go.
Kiernan Shipka as Sugar Maple
There's a lot we don't know yet about Sugar's deal, but if Shipka proved one thing on Mad Men, it's that she can handle anything you throw at her.
Bob Odenkirk as Mr. Maple
Odenkirk looks nothing like the Maple from the comics, but he's one of the best at yelling at people, which is what really matters for this role, I think.