11 Years After His Death, Is It Possible To Really Recast Heath Ledger In This 90s Classic?
What’s not to love about the ’90s classic, 10 Things I Hate About You? It’s a renewed take on Shakespeare’s 16th-century comedy The Taming of the Shrew, with all of the best bits of a classic romance and drama all bundled into one. But, let’s face it, there’s one thing we’d change about this timeless tale: the casting. What the original lacks is a greater representation of POC or Latino influence. So we thought we’d have a go at rethinking 10 Things I Hate About You, Latino-style: read on to find out who’d make the cut for our dream cast. Warning – if you have yet to watch this classic, we will have spoilers below!
Katarina “Kat” Stratford (Originally Julia Stiles)
How could anyone forget the iconic Kat Stratford? Julia Stiles brought her to life with her sassy remarks and cutting quips. But what really made us connect with Kat was the eventual revelation about her character – how shy and vulnerable she can really be, underneath the snark. It made her character’s forever-quotable “10 Things I Hate About You” poem at the end of the film even more heart-wrenching.
Our Latino Power Choice: Stephanie Beatriz
Stephanie Beatriz has already had plenty of practice to make the perfect Latina Kat, through her role on comedy cop show Brooklyn 99, as Detective Rosa Diaz. Can we imagine her owning the part and making it her own? Why yes, yes we can.
Bianca Stratford (Originally Larisa Oleynik)
Bianca Stratford was a bit of a surprise of a character. While she started out as the archetypal ditzy-but-beautiful popular girl-next-door type, she doesn’t stay that way. We see this through her blossoming relationship with Cameron, and her final rejection of Joey.
Our Latino Power Choice: Melissa Fumero
Okay, let’s face it, 10 Things I Hate About You is also about the bond between sisters. Sure, it takes a bit of a backseat toward the end of the movie, but don’t you think it would be great to see Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz bring that dynamic to life, together? Especially since they already do a great job on Brooklyn 99. We stan.
Patrick Verona (Originally Heath Ledger)
Heath Ledger originally stole our hearts as the quintessential bad boy in 10 Things I Hate About You. Okay, he was originally hired to woo Kat multiple times, and deceived her in the process, but did that stop us from loving him and his drop-dead-gorgeous smile? Nope, definitely not.
Our Latino Power Choice: Oscar Isaac
If you’re wondering why this guy looks familiar, you probably recognize him from the latest films that were added to the Star Wars franchise: Oscar Isaac plays Commander Poe Dameron. You can’t tell us that after seeing this shot of him, he wouldn’t make the perfect Patrick Verona. One flash of his charming smile and our hearts would be all aflutter.
Cameron James (Originally Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Outsider and nerdy are probably two of the best words to describe Cameron James. Underneath that, though, we saw a sweet guy who’s determined to find a way to win the attention of the girl he loves. Okay, so that did involve some underhanded payments to Patrick to get the ball rolling, but did we say that teenage boys are that smart?
Our Latino Power Choice: Tyler Posey
We already know Tyler Posey from his work on Teen Wolf, where he definitely knew how to play the sweet teenage boy. Should he do it again? We think so. Of course, he’s such a babe he may have his work cut out for him to try and convince us that he really is the nerdy type.
Michael Eckman (Originally David Krumholtz)
While Michael’s a bit of a background character, we can’t help but get attached to him – especially since he basically introduces us to the main cast at the start of the film. Plus, his Shakespearean-themed romance with Mandella is hella sweet, too.
Our Latino Power Choice: Rico Rodriguez
Sure, we know Rico Rodriguez as the little boy on Modern Family. But he is a little boy no longer – word on the street is that he’s in the process of branching out. And what a perfect way to do that, than to play a funny and romantic wingman?
Mandella (Originally Susan May Pratt)
We got to know Mandella as Kat’s kooky best friend, who loved nothing more than a good Shakespeare script to sink her teeth into. In fact, she was clearly strange enough to get by through the film with just her first name. Maybe a remake could see her not only gain a boyfriend in Michael, but also a surname?
Our Latino Power Choice: Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza has got kooky down pat, both in her roles and in real life. Her time as April Ludgate with the crew on Parks and Recreation showed that she’s more than capable of handling both an emotional love story for her character and embrace her inner weirdness. She wouldn’t have to play Mandella, she would be Mandella.
Joey Donner (Originally Andrew Keegan)
You know those guys who you’re definitely stuck on, and they just won’t slide their way back out of your DMs? Joey Donner was the original lame guys, amigos. And sure, there’s more to his story than that, but you’d probably be better off watching the movie to find out the juicy details. Or, just take our word for it.
Our Latino Power Choice: William Levy
Despite Joey’s scumminess, we’d still need a babe to play his part. And who better to play it than William Levy? After all, his first taste of fame, before his career as an actor, was through modeling. If we have to sit through hours of his pouting and general gorgeousness onscreen as Joey, then we’ll take one of the team. Honestly.
Walter Stratford (Originally Larry Miller)
Walter Stratford was basically every dad you’ve ever known who doesn’t know how to cope with his daughters growing up. On the one hand, it was super frustrating. And on the other hand, it was pretty sweet. He just didn’t know how to love them as adults – yet. 10 Things I Hate About You was his journey, too: toward accepting his daughters’ maturity.
Our Latino Power Choice: Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt would make a great onscreen dad! For one, he’s definitely aging into a bit of a silver fox. And two, his time as Sandra Bullock’s love interest on Miss Congeniality shows that he can definitely play the part where he’s nonplussed at the idea of having to handle a woman at her most independent and badass.
So what do you think – do you have a favorite Latino actor that you think should have made the cut? Let us know on Twitter by clicking the logo at the top of the page.