12AL PACINO AS POE DAMERON
We have no shame about making this an all-star dream cast. Come on, tell us how a 36-year-old Al Pacino would not be a perfect fit for the cooler-than-cool hotshot pilot, Poe Dameron. Dare we say, he’d be even better than Oscar Isaac, who was pretty awesome
in his own right in the actual The Force Awakens? Imagine Pacino, who had already turned in some of the most immortal roles of his career in The Godfather, Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, throwing his trademark bombast into Poe, telling Finn, “I can fly anything,” and coolly asking a threatening Kylo Ren, “So who talks first? I talk first? You talk first?"
We did have a couple of runners-up for Poe, of course. Burt Reynolds would’ve done a great job in his own unique way. Mid-70s Reynolds was all about that sneaky-smooth coolness, with a hint of trouble. He was a spry 40 in ‘76, and still a year away from his iconic turn in Smokey and the Bandit. A relatively unknown Erik Estrada, who was close to starring in CHiPs, could’ve brought something interesting to Poe as well.