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When actress Joy Bryant posted a picture of herself in costume as D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton for the new Amazon pilot Good Girls Revolt on Instagram last week, it got us thinking: which other Hollywood stars should portray D.C. political figures? Rumors have circulated that Eddie Murphy considered playing the late Marion Barry, but who could play Phil Mendelson and company with the appropriate balance of comedy and drama that’s practically guaranteed at every meeting? Below are our ideas for the 13 current councilmembers, meant purely in jest.
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Top row, left to right: Terrence Howard as Vincent Orange Winona Ryder as Elissa Silverman Donal Logue as David Grosso Lupita Nyong’o as LaRuby May Anne Hathaway as Brianne Nadeau Michael B. Jordan as Brandon Todd Mary Alice as Anita Bonds Colin Hanks as Charles Allen
Front row, left to right: Yvette Nicole Brown as Yvette Alexander Ryan Stiles as Jack Evans Ed Harris as Phil Mendelson Denzel Washington as Kenyan McDuffie Sally Field as Mary Cheh
Photos clockwise from top left: PM – Il Piccolo Missionario, Flickr Creative Commons; Dominick D, Flickr CC; Gordon Correll, Flickr CC; Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV, Flickr CC; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons; Alan Light, Wikimedia; Nan Palmero, Flickr CC; Handout photo via PBS; Ole Haug, Flickr CC; Gordon Correll, Flickr CC; Matthew G. Boyer, Flickr CC; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia; Gordon Correll, Flickr CC.
Graphic by Lauren Heneghan and Zach Rausnitz