Who Would You Cast? Live-Action Doug Film
September 14th, 2011
Michael Cera as Doug FunnyDoug has a tender and caring heart, and no one could convey that like the much liked Michael Cera. You might even say that his character George Michael from Arrested Development, had many overlapping similarities with Doug Funnie. Cera is great at conveying that awkward, bashfulness that made Doug an afternoon staple for so many gangly young kids. Just imagine Michael Cera’s Doug coming home for the summer, and being reacquainted with Patti, who is now seeing the renowned bully, Roger. How could that not do the cartoon series justice?
Saoirse Ronan as Patti MayonnaiseDid you happen to see Hanna? I didn’t, but I know Saoirse Ronan would fit the role of Patti brilliantly. When she’s not killing people, or being killed by people, she exudes the kind of laid back charm that made Patti such a desirable partner for Doug (and all of us who fell in love with the cartoon character). All she has to do is curl that hair and you’re staring at Miss Mayonnaise in the flesh. Even though she’s now dating Roger in the film, she secretly harbors feelings for Doug. Sort of that classic “Girl goes for bad boy while feels somewhat for the nice guy” scenario. The premise is a little stale, but could be interesting if the nice guy card isn’t played too heavily. Maybe Doug is now a bit douchey himself (college can do that to a person).
Danny Pudi as Skeeter
This is probably the most obvious choice on the list. If you’ve ever seen the show Community, you’d know that Pudi’s character Abed is like an older more reference heavy version of Skeeter Valentine. Abed is very blunt, much like the way Skeeter is, and so naturally, Pudi would fit the role above all else. Unless you come across some blue man with bizarre social habits. I imagine Skeeter has become a computer science major and film buff who finds himself and Doug drifting apart. They still have enough in common to maintain a friendship, but the differences slowly separate them.
Zoey Duschanel as Judith Funnie
You’re probably a little upset at this choice, but hear me out. Zoey often plays darker and occasionally bitter characters. In Winter Passing, she assumes the role of an actress who has a bitter relationship with her parents. She is almost unlikable in the film, much like the artistic and unpleasant nature of Judith. I think I’ve made my case here. Judith is now a college grad, struggling to find work in theatre. She moved back home, and displaces her feelings about her lack of success towards Doug as he comes home for the summer.
Justin Timberlake as Roger Klotz
Roger has always been an over-confident jerk, and while I’m not accusing Justin Timberlake of being that, he can certainly play the part. With his role in The Social Network, it’s not hard to imagine him giving Doug a hard time for being his meek self. Roger’s now dating Patti and has money to spare from inheritances. He drives a Lexus SUV that Patti reluctantly enjoys as an environmentalist. Slowly, he and Doug actually get along, which makes the love triangle even more complicated.