Twilight: 90’s Edition

Aug 31st, 2009 | By | Category: Fandom, Featured Articles, Site News

I know that MTV just posed the question “What if Twilight were made in the 80’s”? But coming from a 90’s child, that sparked my interest. What if Twilight were made in the 90’s?

Robin Tunney as Bella

Bella was described in the books very simply, having a slight figure, heart-shaped face, and brown hair and brown almond-shaped eyes.  If there is a nineties actress who can deliver that, and her sarcasm and give us some steamy scenes with a vampire… I think it’s Robin Tunney.

Jared Leto as Edward

Two words for anyone who lived through the nineties: Jordan Catalano.  The ultimate mysterious hot boy.  Plus, now that he fronts a rock band, we know he can wear the crap out of some eyeliner.

Winona Ryder as Alice

I know, she’s a little on the older side. But, the big eyes, the little waif body, the quirky personality… who could pull off pixie Alice in the 90s better than Winona Ryder?  Which of course leads us to …

Jonathan Brandis as Jasper

(Please keep in mind that this is a best-of, super-wish-list.) He’s charming, slightly scarred, and not supposed to be the center of attention.  He’s an all-american kind of gentleman, except when he’s trying to rip your jugular out.  For my money, Jonathan Brandis fits that bill!

Alicia Silverstone as Rosalie

Thinking about blond bombshells in the nineties brought up many, many names, but none had the certain flair of Alicia Silverstone.  I think there was something about her that every girl wanted at the time… Ok, ok, mostly her hair.  It was so lush and enviable.

Mark Wahlberg as Emmett

Pre-1996, obviously. Post-Funky-Bunch.

Mario Lopez as Jacob Black

Ok, this is a major stretch… But those dimples? Those muscles? The way he tried to pull Jessie back from the edge on Saved by the Bell?  Give it another second… there you go.

Tommy Lee Jones as Charlie Swann

Slightly boring, but slightly intimidating.  It’s a nice mix for Charlie, don’t you think?

Keanu Reeves as Carlisle

Obviously, this is coming after he ceased to be exclusively thought of as “Ted Logan”. The Keanu of Johnny Mnemonic or Feeling Minnesota.  Which brings us to…

Renée Zellweger as Esme

Young, versatile, very pretty and yet motherly as well.  Ah, that’s Esme.

Leonardo DiCaprio as James

Come on.  You didn’t think I was going to leave out Leo did you?  If we are talking 90s dream team, he is team captain… of the bad guys, this time.

Dina Meyer as Victoria

It doesn’t hurt that she’s nearly a spitting image of Rachelle Lefevre.  It also doesn’t hurt that she’s got naturally curly, tousled red locks.

Harold Perrineau as Laurent

Ever since his speech about Queen Mab in Romeo + Juliet, I have thought him capable of just about anything… I’m sure that includes a vague French accent, right?

So those are my picks for Twilight, 90’s style.  What do you all think?  Way off the mark? Spot on? Have any different picks? Leave them in the comments!

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20 Comments to “Twilight: 90’s Edition”

  1. 81 days till New Moon!!! says:

    I’m not sure I totally agree with Robin Tunny, but I can’t think of anyone better for Bella of the 90’s… but I can TOTALLY dig Jared Leto… he was so dreamy!!! As far as Mark Walhberg, I like his look better now- especially after “Shooter”, I could see him as Emmett… as long as Emmett got to be shirtless at least one time!! 😉

    And if you want to go a little farther into the stories… I would LOVE to see Keifer Sutherland as Aro… just not done up like he was in “Lost Boys”!

  2. Jamie says:

    WONDERFUL!!! I’d totally love this cast. Better than Twilight: 80’s edition!

  3. TrendHater73 says:

    I agree for the most part. Jared Leto is sexy! Mmmmm, Jordan Catalano. My vote for Jacob Black would be Nathaniel Arcand who was in his late teens early twenties in the 90’s or maybe even Adam Beach (Squanto anyone?) I know Leo was a staple of the 90’s, but I’d take Mark Wahlberg as James (he was scary in Fear) and have Adrian Grenier as Emmett. He has the curls, he just needed to buff up back then =)

    Great post! This was a lot of fun.

  4. Jessica says:

    I LOVE this list! I had a crush on pretty much every guy at one time or another. 🙂 This is much better than the 80’s list. Jordan Catalano… ::swoon:: He was so mysterious and so cute. Ah, Leo. I love him. Alicia Silverstone as Rosalie is great. She was the quinessential 90’s girl. Poor Johnathan Brandis. It’s too bad he killed himself. I used to have a poster in my room of him. So adorable! I was never a big A.C. Slater fan, but he could totally be Jacob. I can see it. Thanks for posting this. That was fun! 🙂 Love the podcast!

  5. melissa says:

    WHAT A GREAT CONCEPT!!!!!I think that would have been just as good, if not better than the cast they currently have… however i would have put Keanu as Jacob.. he is hotter… and still has a little native in him..

  6. Dea says:

    Well, this was a real surprise! Jared Leto as Edward was my dream since always. I love Robert, but Jared is my dream boy.

  7. Christina says:

    That is super funny

  8. Jasmine says:

    lol! Some i would totally go for but while other i was like “nooo way!” LOL! Great idea tho!

    Jazz (Team Cullen!)

  9. Judith Akufo says:

    Those are some dead on casting picks

  10. Brandi says:

    LOVE your picks for the 90’s Twilight!!! Tons better then the 80’s one MTV did!!! great job!

  11. Charlotte says:

    omgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i thought i liked the 80s! but 90s are 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times betttttterr!!!

  12. Shanise says:

    Love it ! Especially Robin and Jared; The Craft is one of my favorite movies of all time and My So Called Life was a great show.

  13. Jess S. says:

    not seeing the Victoria one, Rosalie would have been great though, really really gorgeous, looked really natural not like she was covered in make up and all done up, she looked exactly how i imagined rosalie, although my top choice would have been JoAnna Garcia, she was in the show Reba I thought she was perfect for the part and would have so captured Rosalie’s personality. I still love Nikki though, I am so glad she is part of the cast, I just dont think she was the best choice for the part, even though she has done an excellent job so far 🙂

  14. Cathy says:

    Loved them all. But Jared — woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s always been near the top of hottest of all hots. And he has a sexy, velvety voice when he sings. And those eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMJ

  15. Kristen says:

    I was with you up until Keanu and Rene. I think those two could have better replacements, but I like everyone else! Awesome list!

  16. Alicia Silverstone is the sex symbol in the late 90s, she is really very pretty.,~.

  17. Jackson Hill says:

    how could we possibly forget Alicia Silvertone, she use to be the sex symbol of the 90s’~-

  18. oh well, Alicia silverstone is matured nowadays but when she was still younger, she is the sex symbol of hollywood ;~”

  19. laur says:

    omgg soo my friend told me i llooked like robin tunney from teh craft, but id never heard of her, so i googled her… and this came up…. and i LOVE jared letoo thats so weirddd, and robin looks almost exactly like mee SO WEIRD.

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