Now that A Different World is on Hulu (wait, you didn’t know? Stop what you’re doing right now and start with season two! [We pretend like the first season with Lisa Bonet doesn’t exist.] No, wait! Come back and finish reading this!), I would really like it if the show made a 2014 comeback. Hear me out, there hasn’t been a show to capture the essence of black life and learning, one’s that made us laugh and shed fake tears quite like Whitley and company.
In the 2014 remake, here’s who we would want to be in the new cast.
She’s semi-grown now, and that’s the perfect age to play someone in college. Just like Jasmine Guy, she’s a triple threat — she can sing, dance, and act, and that’s what used to be important in black comedies back in the day, right?
You might have seen him in Great Debaters and Red Tails, and I think he’d be perfect as Keke Palmer’s counterpart. Charismatic and cute, Nate would easily pull off a nerd role, like a Dwayne Wayne, or even an athlete who really hits the books.
I’ve only seen Evan in uber-dramatic roles, so for him to take a Ron Johnson-esque role would be a pleasant change of pace. I’m sure he’s funny — I mean, his big sis is Tracee Ellis Ross! — so it shouldn’t be too difficult. I’m here for it!
We saw her in High School Musical, so it’s only right that she goes to college! Monique, now 33, might not be young enough to play someone in college (she looks great, though!), so I’d like to see her maybe Gilbert Hall’s (or whatever they changed it to in season five) resident director. The all-knowing adult who could her residents out of any jam.
Okay, so her mama didn’t fare to well on A Different World but maybe Miss Zoe would. She has such an ethereal quality about her, and feisty too! (Have you seen her in Divergent and X-Men: First Class?) I think she’d do great as a Freddie Brooks type, but not all preachy.
If she was anything like she was during her cycle of America’s Next Top Model, then she would be perfect for the role of Keke’s slightly older BFF. (I, for one, was never here for Kimberly Reese, but she had the BEST episodes!) No doubt Yaya would kill this role.
Who do you think would belong in a new casting of A Different World?