Which is to say, we are not totally sure about the news, reported yesterday by Deadline, that Warner Bros is planning to remake “The Bodyguard” for contemporary audiences. But they are! According to the studio, the movie will contain some digital-era updates (threats of bodily harm via Twitter, anyone?) and hopes to provide a current young singer with the same shot to fame that the 1992 film gave Whitney Houston. And since casting hasn’t begun yet, we’re throwing our top picks into the mix! Which lady vocalist should be bodyguard-ed in the reboot? Our suggestions are as follows:
Rih has been extra-interested in breaking into the movie biz since she finished up her world tour last year, and she recently wrapped her first role in the 2012 action flick “Battleship.” A project that straddles the line between music and movies could be just the push she needs to get people thinking of her as a serious actress, and not just a dulcet-voiced video vixen.
We already know that Lea makes a great small-screen diva, and there’s no question that she’s got the vocal chops to carry a musical. Could this be the next step in her transition from TV to film?
It’s not like Jennifer needs any help getting her name out there; the girl’s already got an Academy Award, a new hit album and a cushy sponsorship deal with Weight Watchers. But considering that she’d bring the darn house down in this role—and that it’s been way too long since the glorious belt-fest that was “Dreamgirls”—we think she should be at the top of the list.
Who would you cast in this role?