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Let’s cast Disney’s ‘Rocketeer’ reboot.


There’s an old saying in Hollywood that Disney could reboot a ham sandwich if they wanted to. (That may not actually be an old saying in Hollywood, but it feels like it should be). As evidence: The Rocketeer, a 1991 World War II piece starring Billy Campbell about a pilot who discovers a jetpack, is getting a fresh makeover.

Strictly speaking, the new movie is more of a sequel/reboot (a rebooquel?), as it’s going to take place six years after the original and [At this point, if you are the sort of thin-skinned man baby who feels their childhood is ruined by reboots with women in roles that once starred men, you may want to STOP READING] will feature a black woman in the starring role. Apparently, she’ll take up the old jetpack in hopes of fighting off some sort of scientist during the Cold War, but none of that matters right now. What matters is who they’re going to cast as the new Rocketeer, and we’ve got some suggestions.



Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons’ star is on the rise after memorable turns in Dope and Transparent. She was just announced to play Ezra Miller’s love interest in DC’s The Flash which, frankly, seems like a waste. Clemons’ onscreen magnetism deserves a starring role, and I’d be shocked if her name wasn’t at the top of the list.


Zoë Kravitz

Kravitz co-starred with Clemons in Dope but is probably more recognized for her work as one of the wives in Mad Max: Fury Road. She gets a star power bump from her famous dad, but she doesn’t need it. Kravitz is an interesting enough actor on her own merit.


Tessa Thompson

You saw her in Creed and Selma, but the Thompson’s best claim to stardom is her fiery, nuanced leading turn in Dear White People, where she conveyed anger, wit, uncertainty and vulnerability all with little more than a look. With a major role in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, Thompson is about to become a very big name. Disney should pounce while they still can.


Keke Palmer

It’s time for Palmer to get a role worthy of her talents. She was lauded for her work in Akeelah and the Bee, but has struggled since then to find another job that would allow her to demonstrate her range (although her work on Scream Queens has been a delight). The Rocketeer would be her chance.

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