Let’s start this whole thing by stating that John Woo’s 1997 masterpiece Face/Off is perfect and doesn’t need a remake. But it’s Hollywood in 2019, so that means that it’s getting one. After Paramount made the announcement yesterday, the internet was ablaze with suggestions for the new flick ranging from the serious to the confused, the strange to the WTF. Naturally, we’ve collected some of the best ones for you right here.
Though it’s hard to imagine who might be able to top Travolta and Cage in a Face/Off, we’d actually love to see Samara Weaving and Vanessa Kirby terrorizing each other and chewing scenery, but they’d also have to bring back John Woo. It’s non-negotiable.
Cast Vanessa Kirby and Samara Weaving in the FACE/OFF remake you cowards pic.twitter.com/iC2RfJCvgX
— Howlin’ Hollywood Matt Donato (@DoNatoBomb) September 9, 2019
This is another bit of inspired casting as both of these actors have proved they give weird, scary, and wonderful performances which are exactly what made Face/Off so damn special all those years ago.
— Alan Guillermo ?LA Comic Con (@GuillermoDelAln) September 9, 2019
Timo Tjahjanto is one of the most exciting horror directors out there (you might have seen his work in The Night Comes For Us, or the V/H/S series) and we’re very into his Clive Barker take on Face/Off, which sadly will never see the light of day.
Absolutely love FACE/OFF.
But always felt that Mister Woo, not responding to my fan mail idea of post-surgery Castor Troy as literally a skinless faced crimelord running around seducing Sean Archers wife as a HUGE missed opportunity. pic.twitter.com/hqmq4eETk7
— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) September 10, 2019
I mean, I know we said that we didn’t want a Face/Off reboot but maybe if Sarah Paulson and Catherine Zeta-Jones are involved, we actually really, really, do…
if they HAVE to remake Face/Off, then it should star Sarah Paulson and Catherine Zeta-Jones. https://t.co/bQxzIWfucQ
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) September 9, 2019
Contemporary Travolta and Nic Cage seem to be the most simple yet unlikely version of this film and to be honest, we would actually love to see it. Especially if it was framed as a shot for shot remake and not a sequel. High/Concept.
FACE/OFF 2 (20XX)
Director: Harris Dang
DOP: Trained doves pic.twitter.com/ZiU9qZi7eF
— Harris Dang (@FilmMomatic) September 7, 2019
This is just a really good idea.
Face/Off remake but Nicolas Cage plays both parts. pic.twitter.com/tVGJevnQSC
— Kyle Fletcher (@TheKyleFletcher) September 10, 2019
Most fans were immediately very invested in the idea of having two people who look almost exactly the same play the roles. Which begs the question: What would be the point of taking their Faces… Off?
Matt Bomer and Henry Cavill are basically the same person but I guess this would basically make Face/Off a Negative Man vs. Superman movie, which is actually pretty cool.
Face/Off but it’s Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer and you literally can’t tell the difference pic.twitter.com/Gv0kD1fd0I
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) September 9, 2019
This is actually very good casting because both of these actresses are great… but, again, the point of Face/Off is not that they look the same. In fact, that would make the entire core conceit completely pointless!
Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard in FACE/OFF remake. pic.twitter.com/oCZaevlKjR
— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) September 10, 2019
Discovering an interesting trend here which is that a lot of actors who look the same are actually quite good picks. After killing it in Upgrade and The Invitation it would be nice to see Logan Marshall-Green get a big blockbuster flick. Also, this would be another secret superhero movie as Venom switches faces with The Shocker!
My pitch for the FACE/OFF reboot. pic.twitter.com/OSrpBHE0xd
— Dan (@Danimalish) September 9, 2019
Samara Weaving making a second appearance here as someone gets the joke and it basically makes the movie Persona but with some doves, lots of guns, and maybe a choir.
What if the new FACE/OFF was Margot Robbie and Samara Weaving but they just kept their same faces. pic.twitter.com/giSNLtpRHP
— Matt McDaniel (@themattmcd) September 9, 2019
This seems serious but again defeats the point. Still, Keira Knightly and Natalie Portman would kill it so why the heck not?
Since John Woo is doing a female remake of The Killers why can’t he do the same thing with Face/Off?!?
Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley get my vote pic.twitter.com/1bCMaIM1Dt
— 乳首狼 (@TITWOLF) September 10, 2019
This is like the sweetest most sit-com friendly version, something more along the lines of Face/Swap. It’s a comedy about dads.
The FACE/OFF remake should star Richard Riehle and Brian Doyle-Murray. pic.twitter.com/obmgxsRTYa
— ?ndy R?ttinger Hall?ween Editi☠️n (@Rattinger) September 10, 2019
Aren’t they just the same guy???
Cast Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott in the Face/Off remake, you cowards.
— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) September 9, 2019
Do you have better ideas about who should star in Face/Off? Just want John Woo back? Scared that the Sonic The Hedgehog writers are in charge? Hit us up and let us know!
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