back to the future
downton abbey gets an american spin-off--here's who we think it should star.
The Family Patriarch (a la Robert, Earl of Grantham): John Goodman. He's jolly but imposing--and is there any actor more American than him?
The Doting Wife (a la Cora, Countess of Grantham): Michelle Pfeiffer. She plays sweet, but also totally knows how to protect her family--and cover-up a sex scandal.
The Eldest Child (a la Lady Mary Crawley): Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Too hot for his own good…sounds about right.
The Middle Child (a la Lady Edith Crawley): Michael Cera. The Jan to Taylor-Johnson's Marcia--and likable enough that we won't get totally annoyed by his whining.
The Youngest Child (a la Lady Sybil Crawley): Ezra Miller. The ultimate family rebel. We can already see him organizing a labor protest.
The Grandma (a la Violet, Countess of Grantham): Kathy Bates. She's big, she's brass, and she could definitely hold her own against Maggie Smith.
The Love Interest with the Power (a la Matthew Crawley): Kate Mara. She's friendly, approachable, and loyal…and also really, really pretty. In our imaginary Gilded Age storyline, her family has suddenly inherited some big oil refinery and are shunned as too new money--except for the families trying to set up their children with her.
The Butler (a la Carson): Will Ferrell and Jason Schwartzman. This is America, so everything is a little bit bigger--and we couldn't decide which of these two would be funnier so we're going with both.
The Scheming Antagonists (a la Thomas and O'Brien): Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. We love this real-life duo so much that we don't mind hating them for a few seasons.
The Sex Bomb (a la Kemal Pamuk): Paz de la Huerta. Sultry? Steamy? Sexy? Check, check, and check. Paz could definitely get the brothers into some serious trouble.