Hulu’s Palm Springs follows two wedding guests, Nyles and Sarah, who are stuck in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over. The two time-hostages come to develop a budding romance as they try to find a way out of the revolving day they are stuck in.
The film has garnered much praise since its release, even having a solid 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. The eclectic cast of Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K Simmons bring their acting A-game to this eccentric romantic comedy. Had Palm Springs been made in the ’90s, the cast would have been much different but just as good as the talented actors of today.
9 Trevor- Michael Hutchence
In Palm Springs, Trevor is a hipster Australian cowboy that Misty has been cheating on Nyles with while at the wedding of Tala and Abe. Trevor is an airhead and lackadaisical, making him a hard character to hate despite his part in Misty’s unfaithfulness. A great bit of casting would have been to put INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in the role of Trevor.
The late Hutchence was extremely likable and charismatic, dazzling anyone who saw his wild onstage performances. Hutchence was also a major ladies’ man of the ’80s and ’90s, dating pop superstar Kylie Minogue and supermodel Helena Christensen. Hutchence even did a bit of acting during his short but memorable life. His Australian background, cool charisma, and acting experience make Michael Hutchence a desirable choice for the bit part of Trevor.
8 Pia – Sandra Bernhard
In the film, Pia is Tala’s mom and Sarah’s stepmother. Pia is a bit uptight and not the warmest stepmother to Sarah. Sandra Bernhard, better known as Nancy on the sitcom Roseanne, proved her acting range in the ’80s and ’90s.
She was adept at comedy but also capable of cold or deranged characters. In the role of Pia, Bernhard could have given more comedy to the role while also filling the necessary personality traits of the character of aloof Pia.
7 Howard – Edward James Olmos
The father of Tala and Sarah is played by Peter Gallagher, best known for playing the dad on the hit 2000s show, The OC. Gallagher has played his fair share of dads, as has Edward James Olmos, who would have been a great choice for Howard.
In the ’90s, Olmos was a busy actor, cast in many high-profile projects of the decade including American Me and Selena. Capable of showing characters that exude warmth from his roles in Stand and Deliver and Selena, Olmos would have been a noted choice for Howard.
6 Abe- Jesse L. Martin
In Palm Springs, Abe is Tala’s new husband. Not the most trustworthy, Abe comes off as caring and dependable until he shows himself to not be a great counterpart to charitable Tala. The character of Abe would need someone who could pull off a charming personality but also be a bit of a cad.
Better known to younger audiences as a cast member of the CW series The Flash, Jesse L. Martin was an actor more well known for broadway and soap opera performances in the 90s. This role in Palm Springs would have given notice to Martin’s bright talent in feature films. Martin was also highly capable of executing the contrasting blend of characteristics necessary for the role of Abe. Martin has shown he is good at playing innocent and amiable characters but he could also carry out characters who were prone to deceit.
5 Roy- Burt Reynolds
The character of Roy is a bit of a complex one. Played by the talented J.K. Simmons, Roy is a loving family man but also a rowdy party animal. He is shown multiple times throughout the film as full of rage yet he also shows moments of tenderness and vulnerability. Another actor who expertly played brawn with brains is the late Burt Reynolds.
Familiar to many audiences for Smokey and the Bandit and other ’70s films, Reynolds’ career enjoyed a renaissance in the ’90s thanks to a praised turn as a porn director in the lauded Boogie Nights. As a result, Reynolds was capable of some deep and heartfelt performances while also demonstrating a unique toughness.
4 Misty- Jennie Garth
Palm Spring’s Misty is not exactly a lovable character. She can be annoying and self-centered while also being an awful girlfriend to Nyles as she cheats on him. But, Meredith Hagner’s performance of the role takes a frustrating character and makes her so irritating that the audience can’t help but laugh at her. If this film was made in the ’90s, Beverly Hills, 90210′s Jennie Garth would have been an enjoyable casting choice.
Playing popular Kelly Taylor on the Fox teen drama, Garth made spoiled vixen one of the most adored characters on the show. Further, Garth would later show her adept comedy skills in the sitcom What I Like About You, skills necessary for the role of Misty. Had Garth been cast in this role in the ’90s, her comedic range would have been on display much earlier.
3 Tala- Jennifer Lopez
It’s hard to remember a time that Jennifer Lopez wasn’t a megastar on the cover of countless magazines. But, before breaking out in 1997’s Selena, Lopez was in bit parts throughout the early and mid-90s and worked as a fly girl on In Living Color.
This casting choice would also be another pairing of Lopez as the daughter of Edward James Olmos, the same as Selena, one of Jennifer Lopez’s best movies. The small but important part of sweet Tala would have suited Lopez’s typical early roles of kind-hearted side characters.
2 Sarah- Rosie Perez
Sarah is no shrinking violet. She often makes her opinion known and is confident within herself, despite her stumbles and mistakes. The character of Sarah also has a tenacity and determination that is incredibly admirable.
For the part of Sarah, Rosie Perez would have been an awesome fit. Perez showed her fantastic ability to play strong-willed women in Do the Right Thing and White Men Can’t Jump, making her a shoo-in for the tenacious Sarah. In addition, Rosie Perez was great at both comedy and drama, giving her an advantage for a role that requires a range of emotions.
1 Nyles- Keanu Reeves
Known as the Internet’s Boyfriend these days, Reeves was undeniably a hot commodity in the ’90s. For the role of Nyles, Reeves could have brought the comedy talents that he showed in the Bill and Ted films. Also, the rakish attitude inherent in Nyles was found in many of Reeves’s early characters.
Concurrently, Reeve’s quirky heartthrob status would have made him a popular choice for the lead in an offbeat romantic comedy like Palm Springs. Proving that a ’90s counterpart to the casting of Nyles would have been in great hands had Keanu Reeves been given the job.