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Oh, Ben Stiller. How did you know we were longing for a TV revival of 1994's hit movie, Reality Bites?
Okay, so not really. But we are intrigued by today's news that Stiller is planning a TV version of the classic Gen X love story for NBC. And while it's slightly depressing to realize that none of the leads, who now range in age from 41 to 48, could possibly step back into their roles, it's fun to fantasize about who could.
Who to play the uber-cool, aspiring documentarian Lelaina Pierce, who (despite her smarts) can't seem to catch a professional break? Krysten Ritter would nail the role! She's already displayed some great wit and eye-rolling sarcasm in Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23. And she looks just like a young Winona Ryder!
As for that slacker icon Troy Dyer, it won't be easy to replicate Ethan Hawke's angsty coffee house musician. But The Newsroom's John Gallagher, Jr. would certainly fit the role. He's got the scrappy good looks, and the music background. (He's already starred in a couple of rock musicals, including Spring Awakening and American Idiot.)
For the role of Vickie Miner, Lelaina's snide pal with a heart of gold, may we suggest Cecily Strong? Like Janeane Garofalo, who originated this role, Strong has Saturday Night Live on her resume. That'll come in handy for the nonstop cracks Vickie makes throughout the movie.
As for Stiller's record exec nerd, Michael Grates, our No. 1 pick is Darren Criss, who's already well-versed in playing an outsider on Glee. Criss resembles Stiller, and can't you just picture his stylish self as a Los Angeles TV exec? (Just add hip glasses!)
So that's our dream cast. What's yours?
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.