We cast the perfect voice for the iPhone's sassy assistant Siri

By Kelli Bender
Updated January 09, 2014 10:00 AM
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Scarlett Johansson‘s iOS-turned-soulmate “Samantha” in Her may seem like a fun alternative to dating, but don’t expect to find the equivalent from your own iPhone. Siri is quick to shut down any inklings that she is similar to Johansson’s role.

Try asking Siri “Are you Her?” – the assistant will give a sassy retort like, “No. In my opinion, she gives artificial intelligence a bad name” or “No. Her portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial.” Shots fired!

This back talk alone proves Siri possesses enough sassy personality for a film of her own. Check out our choices for the actresses who could give Johansson’s Samantha a run for her bitcoins.

Natalie Portman

Portman has already proved herself a viable contender against the toothsome Johansson in The Other Boleyn Girl. A Siri vs. Samantha showdown offers this very pretty, very talented pair a perfect excuse to put up their dukes once more.

Blake Lively

The Gossip Girl actress stepped into the spot of Mrs. Reynolds after Johansson and Ryan Reynolds parted ways. Imagine if Lively borrowed another page from Johansson’s playbook by inhabiting the next generation of lady iOS actresses. Scandalous!

Robin Williams

OK, Williams is an unorthodox choice, but hear us out. Envision the wisdom of Mrs. Doubtfire matched with the technology of Bicentennial Man, all in a sleek, wifi-enabled package. Perfection.

Samantha Morton

Morton was originally cast in the voice role of Samantha, but director Spike Jonze replaced her with Johansson. (Ouch!) Allowing Morton the opportunity to play Siri would give the actress a creative outlet in which to channel any lingering resentment.

Tiffany Brissette

As Vicki the Robot in Small Wonder, Brissette made artificial intelligence endearing long before either Siri or Samantha existed. If she’s looking for a career reboot, the former child actress has all the right experience to capture Siri’s unique tale.

The Real Siri

Skip the casting issue altogether, and go straight to the source. Susan Bennett voiced the first version of Siri. Who could know the iPhone persona better?