Fox announced that 'Rent' will be its next live musical.
It follows last year’s 'Grease Live,' which opened with a performance from Jessie J and starred Julianne Hough, Carly Rae Jepson and Vanessa Hudgens. With that star power, we’re sure Rent will follow suit. Here’s our wish list to fill out the rock musical’s ensemble.
Zayn Malik as Roger
Few things could modernize Rent like Zayn’s icey R&B stylings on “One Song Glory” and “Light My Candle.” Plus, Zayn has the edgy-yet-vulnerable vibe needed to pull this part.
Ben Platt as Mark
Is there anyone more perfect (Pitch Perfect, even) to play the nerdy Jewish documentary filmmaker than the star of Dear Evan Hansen? The Tony nominee is the talk of the town this awards season, so it would make sense to strike while the iron’s hot and help him become a household name.
Sofia Carson as Mimi
This Disney starlet is on the brink of a major breakthrough, so why not fast-track it and give her the female lead in Rent? With her sultry voice and Colombian roots, she’d be great to play the spunky good-time gal.
Alex Newell as Collins
While choosing Alex to play Angel would be an obvious choice -- he already played the fabulous Unique on Glee -- his vocal talents would be better utilized in Collins’ role. There are few men in the pop realm who can match Alex’s belting abilities. Sure, they’d have to take “I’ll Cover You” up an octave, but wouldn’t it be worth it if it meant hearing Alex’s powerhouse vocals?
Valentina as Angel
The fan favorite on the current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to pull this off. She’s alluded to having a strong singing voice and has the fashion sense needed for this iconic role. Most importantly: it’s impossible not to like this queen -- and if there’s one characteristic Angel needs, it’s likability.
Lauren Jauregui as Joanne
Lauren penned a poignant open letter to Donald Trump -- and candidly came out as bisexual -- so it’s no stretch of the imagination to see her playing the Ivy League-educated public interest lawyer. While Joanne isn’t known for being a lipstick lesbian, Laureni has already proven she can pull off the pantsuit look.
Miley Cyrus as Maureen
Miss “Malibu” may be headed in a more singer-songwriter direction, but given the outrageousness of her Dead Petz era, it’s not hard to imagine her as the over-the-top performance artist. MOO WITH ME!
Darren Criss as Benny
We’re used to seeing Darren as a charming her, so wouldn’t it be delicious seeing him play the slimy businessman? And there’s something fun about him playing a role made famous by Taye Diggs -- as they both took turns as the namesake in Broadway’s adaptation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.