So what if Lost is wrapping up? There will soon be a new round of hapless castaways to follow now that Warner Bros. has announced plans to make a movie out of Gilligan’s Island, the ’60s sitcom about seven folks stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island after their tour boat wrecks in a storm.
Series creator Sherwood Schwartz has mentioned Michael Cera as a dream actor to play Gilligan and Beyoncé as a possible choice for curvaceous movie star Ginger Grant, but there’s no official word yet on any casting. Here’s who we’d pick for the stranded if we were casting the movie.
Gilligan (originally played by Bob Denver): Sure, master-of-the-awkward-pause Cera would work. But we could see Justin Long of “I’m a Mac” fame or actor/singer Drake Bell sporting Gilligan’s white cap and goofy expressions, too.
Capt. Jonas Grumby, a.k.a. Skipper (originally Alan Hale, Jr.): Philip Seymour Hoffman has played roles as varied as Truman Capote and the bad guy in Mission: Impossible III, but he could bring the right balance of comedy and heft to the role of Skipper, who is constantly annoyed with his dopey “little buddy” Gilligan.
Movie star Ginger Grant (originally Tina Louise): Schwartz seems to have hit the nail on the head with Beyoncé. She can act, sing and be glamorous – even on a deserted island.
Girl next door Mary Ann Summers (originally Dawn Wells): Who better than cutie-pie Tennessee native Ginnifer Goodwin, from HBO’s Big Love?
The Professor (originally Russell Johnson): John Krasinski has stolen hearts as Pam’s smart-but-sweet squeeze in The Office and Meryl Streep’s son-in-law in It’s Complicated. He’d bring the right mix of sex appeal and smarts to the brainy Professor role.
Wealthy couple Thurston and Eunice Howell (originally Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer): Who could be classier than George Clooney and Susan Sarandon? It’s about time these two worked together on the big screen, even if it would make Sarandon a bit of a cougar, since she’s 63 to Clooney’s 48.