Modern Day Streetcar

         I have chosen to modernize the main characters in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the 1947 play by Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire. I think that my version would appeal to the modern audiences by giving the film an updated look.

         I would cast Renée Zellweger as instead of Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois. Blanche is the sister of Stella and moves in with Stella and her husband after being banished from the school at which she was teaching. Blanche is extremely fragile and disturbed. Zellweger would play this part well because of her role in the 2002 film Chicago, directed by Rob Marshall, as Roxie Hart. Roxie pretends to be "America's sweetheart" in order to make it big in Chicago. This is very similar to Blanche, who tries to deceive her sister and brother-in-law into believing that she is nothing more than a mere innocent Southern lady.

         I would cast Kirsten Dunst as Stella Kowalski, instead of Kim Hunter. Stella is a young woman who is so in love with her husband that she does not realize how much trouble mentally her sister is really in. Dunst would be great at this character because of her role as Betty Warren in the 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile, directed by Mike Newell, in which she played a young girl that is so consumed with her husband that she does not see the reality of her marriage failing.

         I would cast Dermot Mulroney as Stanley Kowalski, Stella's wife, instead of Marlon Brando. Stanley is completely dedicated to Stella but gets fed up with Blanche and rapes her and then hits his wife. He does have a great passion for his wife. Mulroney would be great as Stanley because of his role as Michael O'Neal in the 1997 film My Best Friend's Wedding, directed by P. J. Hogan. In this movie, Mulroney plays a man that is completely dedicated to his fiancé even thought trying situations arise, very similar to Stanley.

         I think that Zellweger, Dunst, and Mulroney would make an exceptional cast that would woo audiences across the nation in a modern day remake of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Susan Stinson

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