Andie MacDowell Cast in 'Footloose', Plus 5 Other Remake Ideas

More

Seeing the name Andie MacDowell brings a smile to the face of anyone who's a fan of early '90s pop culture—she was the charming, gorgeous star of three of the decade's most enduring and iconic movies: Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Groundhog Day, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

And then she disappeared. A smattering of roles in films most people have never heard of and an endlessly repeating shampoo commercial aside, she's essentially dropped off the radar (in a way that other stars of her wattage from that period—Demi Moore, Julia Roberts, heck...Molly Ringwald—have not).

So you can picture the elated beam that this news inspired: Andie MacDowell will star in the remake of Footloose. A throwback icon starring in an iconic throwback film. The synergy is almost too much to handle. It couldn't be more fitting that her heralded return to the mainstream (let's assume this Footloose remake will be a hit) is in such a beloved, inextricably tied-to-its time period vehicle as the "dancing is a crime" Kevin Bacon starrer.

And it seems that casting throwback stars in throwback TV and film projects is all the rage these days. ABC Family just premiered Melissa and Joey, starring 90s teen sensations Clarissa aka Sabrina the Teenage Witch aka Melissa Joan Hart and—whoa—Joey Lawrence. Its set looks pulled directly from the Tanner family living room on Full House, the plot is nearly exactly the same as Who's the Boss?, and the jokes—and not necessarily in a bad way—are too. Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Daphne from Frasier, and the bitchy one from Just Shoot Me are in a very retro sitcom on TV Land that is—get this—shot before a live studio audience.

Assuming this trend is here to stay—and that it's a surer ticket to a career comeback than, say, Dancing With the Stars—what other late 80s/early 90s celebrities could use a MacDowell-Footloose boost? Here are the actors we'd love see re-enter the watercooler conversation, and just the remake vehicle to help them do it.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In