Sometimes to revive a bit of life into a franchise, they choose to have a cast switch just to milk a bit more money out of the franchise before it dies. In honour of Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood, I look at films that have changed their casts dramatically.
Hint: the change in cast doesn't help.
Shockingly, this is probably the best film on the list. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Tokyo Drift, although saying that I wouldn't call myself a fan of the franchise. This time, Vin Diesel was out (apart from a tiny cameo), as was Paul Walker and the rest of the gang. In came, Lucas Black and erm, Bow Wow, but in all honesty, it was decent. Unfortunately, it didn't do well and the studio continued with Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and The Rock and is now making mega-money.
XXX: State Of The Union
Okay, no one's saying that the first xXx film was a masterpiece, but at least it had a good leading man in Vin Diesel. The studio, however, swapped Diesel for ICE CUBE in the sequel. ICE CUBE. He may have been good in 21/2 Jump Street, but a leading man he most certainly is not. Anyway, the film was bad. I mean, really, really bad. Don't search it out.
The first Daddy Day Care was a surprise commercial hit, grossing more than $160 million worldwide on a $60 million budget. When a sequel was put into production, none of the original’s main cast followed: Cuba Gooding Jr. replaced Eddie Murphy, Paul Rae replaced Jeff Garlin, and Tamala Jones replaced Regina King. Box-office lightning did not strike twice. I actually really liked Daddy Day Care (to the point where I knew EVERY word). Daddy Day Camp? Not so much.
Teen Wolf Too
Michael J Fox’s Scott Howard is replaced by Bateman’s Todd Howard – a cousin who also happens to be a teenage werewolf. No knock on Bateman, who has justly earned endless goodwill in recent years for his leading role in Arrested Development, but Teen Wolf Too is as irritating as the pun in its title. The first was a funny, semi-coming-of-age film, but this is just annoying.
The original Speed may have had its problems, but that was nothing compared to its sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control. Keanu Reeves was replaced by the acting 'god' that is, erm, Jason Patric. And Willem Dafoe was brought in as the villain. It's truly, truly terrible. Well done, Keanu, you dodged a bullet.
People may not like to admit it, but the first Grease is a masterclass in how to make a musical. The songs are great, the cast are charismatic and the story is above average. In Grease 2, with a few debatable exceptions, the music is obscenely pointless. The cast look embarrassed to be there and the plot, well, is there one? Because I'm not sure there is one.