When Titanic came out in 1997 and became one of the highest-grossing films ever made, it also happened to make huge stars out of its cast. By transforming Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into A-list superstars, Titanic cemented its legacy as something more than a simple technical marvel. Unlike director James Cameron's box-office shattering Avatar, which disappeared from public consciousness almost as fast as it arrived, Titanic is a film rooted in its story and owing all to its cast. But what if Titanic was released today rather than in 1997?
Sure, there are some obvious picks for the top of the casting list - after all, Timothee Chalamet can only be referred to as Millenial DiCaprio for so long before being cast to replace him in a remake - but choosing the rest of the cast is a more interesting thought experiment. Who can match Kate Winslet's charm? Who can outshine Billy Zane by playing the often cartoonish villain Cal? Who do you think would be perfect in a modern remake of Titanic?