Despite the fact that Joss Whedon was reportedly approached to make the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot but turned it down, we've always been against the idea that this franchise needed to be brought to the screen -- large or small -- in a third incarnation. Especially since the new film is going to ignore the mythology that Whedon created in his beloved television series (kind of like the reboot that must not be named) and return to the horror-comedy origins of the original "Buffy" starring Kristy Swanson.
That would be all well and good, except Access Hollywood is reporting that "Glee" star Heather Morris is one of the front runners to star in the film. And anyone who's seen a single episode of "Glee" should know that Morris steals every scene she's in as dumb-as-a-rock-but-hilarious Brittany Pierce. No seriously, this girl is hilarious, and we could definitely see her pulling off a good Buffy Summers.
Go with Morris would be an interesting casting decision because it would mean that Warner Bros. is definitely gearing up for a comedy film. When we tossed our own casting suggestions into the pot, our selections were based around the idea that this would be a horror-action flick with a bad-ass leading lady, closer to the television series. This route makes a lot more sense, though, because not only does it separate this film even more from Whedon's series but it also can tap into the young "Glee" audience that might not have seen "Buffy" on television or in its previous cinematic incarnation.
Then again, we don't even know for sure Morris is really being considered to play Buffy. When she spoke with Access Hollywood, Murphy said: "They're considering me! I found out and I almost peed my pants 'cause I was so excited." Then she added, "If they make ['Buffy'] when ['Glee'] is on hiatus, I don't even care what I do. I can just run through the shot and do nothing -- even if I'm not Buffy!"
Also, we would like to point out that Whedon has worked with Morris in the past when he directed an episode of "Glee." It will be interesting to see if he comes out and offers her his stamp of approval, considering this will be the only segment of the "Buffy" franchise that he isn't involved in (he wrote the screenplay for the original "Buffy" flick).
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