Ron Howard would want this young actor to play Richie Cunningham in a Happy Days reboot
"A cooler, hipper Richie Cunningham."
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There are some things that cannot be stopped. Death, taxes, and the flood of remakes and reboots that have saturated our TV sets for the past few years. From Sabrina to Fuller House to Saved by the Bell, every show we knew growing up is fair game.
The Cunninghams are not immune to speculation, either. The concept of a Happy Days revival could potentially make sense. After all, the first series was all about a Seventies nostalgic look at the Fifties. What better show to bring back than one about nostalgia?
During a recent article in Entertainment Tonight, Ron Howard and brother Clint Howard (who appeared with Ron in The Andy Griffith Show) interviewed each other. Clint asked his brother a question that Ron hears frequently: What about a Happy Days revival?
Ron Howard revealed who he thinks can play Richie Cunningham for a new generation. "There’s this kid, his career is really taking off so who knows, but let’s just say I think Jack Dylan Grazer would be great," Howard said.
Jack Dylan Grazer, best known for his roles in the new It franchise, his role as Freddie in the DC movie Shazam!, and his recent voice work as the lead of the Disney-Pixar film Luca, certainly has the resumé to qualify for a TV lead. However, Ron admits that his reasoning is also a little personal.
"That is Brian Grazer — my partner at Imagine Entertainment — his nephew. But nepotism aside, I think he'd be great. He'd be a cooler, hipper Richie Cunningham," Howard said. "If he was willing to take the job."