You are to cast the major roles of the movie, The Outsiders. Select an actor/actress to play each part. Explain what they would bring to the part and why you chose them. THE NEW ACTORS AND...

You are to cast the major roles of the movie, The Outsiders. Select an actor/actress to play each part. Explain what they would bring to the part and why you chose them. THE NEW ACTORS AND ACTRESSES YOU CHOSE MUST BE THE SAME AGE AS THE CHARACTERS FROM THE OUTSIDERS.

Ponyboy Curtis- Age 14

Johnny Cade- Age 16

Dally Winston- Age 17

Steve Randle- Age 17

Two-Bit Matthews- Age 18

Darry Curtis- Age 20

Bob Sheldon- Age 18

Cherry Valance- Age 16

Sodapop- Age 16

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This question is really tough.  Hollywood has young actors and actresses for sure, but it does not have a bunch of A-list actors that are as young as the required ages for The Outsiders.  Hollywood often casts an actor to play a much younger character than the age of the real actor.  For example, Stockard Channing was 33 years old when she played Rizzo (a high school girl) in Grease.  

The question also asks to provide a reason why that actor will be good for the part.  Based on the rule of the actor needing to be the same age, my reason for why he/she is a good choice might simply be because the actor is the same age.  He or she might be a terrible actor, but the age matches; therefore, he or she is a good choice based on the other requirement. I'll do my best to pick higher quality and more famous actors and actresses. 

Ponyboy Curtis - Age 14: More than likely, this actor would have been born in 2002.  I got lucky with this actor.  Levi Miller was born in 2002, which makes him the correct age.  More importantly though, he's already headlined a major Hollywood picture.  He played Peter in the movie Pan.

Johnny Cade - Age 16: Use Jared Gilmore.  He's the right age, and he's in Once Upon a Time, which makes him a proven entity.  

Dally Winston - Age 17: Use Aramis Knight.  He's been in movies like Ender's Game and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  Aramis's picture shows him with long hair, so I can easily see him being able to pull off the Greaser look.  

Steve Randle - Age 17: Use Dakota Goyo.  He has the acting talent to hang with Hugh Jackman, which he did in Real Steel.  

Two-Bit Matthews - Age 18: Use Peyton Meyer.  He could be perfect for the part, because most of his acting resume involves comedies.  He's best known for his role in Girl Meets World.  Two-Bit is the prankster of the gang, so a comedic actor is a good choice. 

Darry Curtis - Age 20: Use Tye Sheridan.  He pulled off Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse.  Cyclops is the leader of the X-Men.  Darry is the oldest and most respected of the Greaser gang.  Tye Sheridan can definitely do this part.  

Bob Sheldon - Age 18: Use Dylan Sprayberry.  Bob is a good looking Soc, so the actor has to be charismatic but also easy to hate.  Sprayberry could pull both off.  He played Clark Kent, which shows me he can be likable, and he plays Liam Dunbar in Teen Wolf.  That character has rage issues, which means he can pull off the angry, Johnny beating, Bob.  

Cherry Valance - Age 16: Use Willow Shields.  She turned 16 two weeks ago.  Her main contribution to the role is that she is immediately recognizable.  That's important, because Cherry is a major character.  Willow Shields played Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games. 

Sodapop - Age 16: Use Preston Bailey.  He was born in 2000, and he's an experienced actor.  He plays Cody Bennett from Dexter and has appeared in 35 episodes. 

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