Casting Call: All of Me

Melissa Belk

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Body-switching movies don't have the greatest record in recent Hollywood's history; films like The Change Up (2011) and The Hot Chick (2002) rapidly disintegrated into dumbed-down humor and over-acting. Oh, for the days of All of Me (1984)! Carl Reiner's '80s hit stars Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin in their element; Tomlin delivering biting one-liners, and Steve Martin reveling in his physical comedy shtick.

In the original All of Me, Tomlin plays Edwina Cutwater, a wealthy woman who has been bedridden since childhood and is nearing death. Cutwater plans to use her riches to transfer her soul into a healthy woman's body via a voodoo ceremony. Martin plays Roger Cobb, the lawyer hired to draft her will; but when the ceremony goes wrong, Edwina's soul is transferred into Roger's body instead. They realize that they can hear each other's thoughts and they each control one half of the body. Shenanigans ensue as they try to get Edwina out of Roger's body.

Dreamworks has picked up an All of Us remake. John Davis (producer of sci-fi hit Chronicle) is set to produce and Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the screenwriters behind The Vow and the Drew Barrymore's Never Been Kissed, have written the script. To freshen things up a bit, Dreamworks is planning to swap Edwina and Roger's roles. Hopefully, this gender reversal won't rob audiences of some hilarious awkward moments in the original—such as when Roger complains about not being able to use the bathroom without worrying that Edwina will fondle him. (She responds in her deadpan high-society voice, "You may find this hard to believe, but 'fondling you' while you make pee-pee is not my idea of a good time.") Click through to see our ideas in casting the remake of this comedy classic.


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