Gender Swapped Reboots, Movie Remakes, Female Lead Roles

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We were all shook when the reboot of Ghostbusters hit the theaters with an all-female cast. The film featured a comedy dream team made up of Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon that gave the original cast a run for its money. As if it couldn’t get any better, the arrival of Ocean’s 8 left us thriving.

However, remakes get a bad rap. People sometimes claim they are unnecessary, are just downright awful and/or they don’t bring anything new to the table. However, some reboots can be bomb. Especially when they are given a new life with gender-swapped lead roles. Recently, a slew of gender-switched remakes have hit the big screen with great results. Whether it is comedy, drama or action, these female leads kill the game. Actually, we wouldn’t mind if Hollywood decided to make a lot more.

Ocean’s 8

It’s no secret that this film is connected to the original Ocean’s 11 trilogy, starring George Clooney (Danny Ocean). The movie introduces Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister. Although the idea of an Ocean’s 14 was shot down by director Steven Soderbergh, he did join on the Ocean’s 8 project as a producer, with the film directed by Garry Ross.


Let’s face it, we love the Ghostbusters remake. The cast couldn’t have been any better even if we chose it ourselves. When the all-female cast was first announced, director Paul Feig received some pretty funny backlash. “The biggest thing I’ve heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood,'” he told Variety. “It’s going to be on my tombstone when I die.”

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Who doesn’t remember this Lindsay Lohan classic? The film is actually the fifth and final movie in the Herbie franchise and is a direct sequel to the movies that came before it. The flick also serves as the only Herbie movie that has a female driver, rather than a male one. You break that glass ceiling!


Here is an instance of where the gender roles in this reboot were reversed completely. In Overboard, which came out this year, Anna Faris seizes her opportunity for revenge on her old boss after he gets amnesia. However, in the 1987 version, the person who gets amnesia is played by Goldie Hawn, and Kurt Russell plays a carpenter who takes advantage of the situation. The remake actually uses some of the same lines from the old film with the pronouns switched!

American Psycho II: All American Girl

Everyone knows American Psycho starring a young Christian Bale. But, way back in 1994, Mila Kunis starred in American Psycho II: All American Girl in which she takes on the role of the serial killer. The film was supposed to be a standalone project, but they ended up being tied together. The actress has actually admitted to being embarrassed by the role, but, hey, we all have things we regret; she still has had a super successful career!

The Next Karate Kid

This film was the fourth installment in the Karate Kid franchise starring Ralph Macchio, and the first film without him as the main character. Hilary Swank plays Julie Pierce, whose parents recently passed away in a car accident and eventually takes up — you guessed it — karate.

Last Holiday

Girls just wanna have fun and that is exactly what Queen Latifah did in 2006’s Last Holiday. This is actually a remake of a movie from 1950 of the same name. However, Queen wasn’t even supposed to play the lead in this version. According to IMDb, the part was originally written for John Candy, but he unfortunately passed away and filming was put on hold. The role was then rewritten to star a female. Yas, Queen!

The Tempest

We love breaking gender roles, especially when it comes to a work as old as The Tempest, and Helen Mirren did just that when she took on the role of Prospero. “A few years ago, I was watching the play in the theatre, with Derek Jacobi playing Prospero,” she told The Telegraph, “and I was thinking, ‘My goodness, this could be played by a woman without having to change a word.'” This basically proves that there is not much the actress can’t play.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Set to be released on May 10, 2019, The Hustle is a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. The film will follow two con women, played by Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway. We are definitely heading to the theaters when it comes out!

What Men Want

If you couldn’t tell by the title alone, this movie is a reboot of the 2000 film What Women Want starring Mel Gibson, and will be released on February 8, 2019. The main character, who gains the ability to read every guy’s thoughts, will be played by Taraji P. Henson. We can’t wait to see this one, TBH.

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