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The Goonies: who would be available for a sequel?

Director Richard Donner says he wants the original cast back for a remake - but are they available?

The Goonies: what they're doing now

Director Richard Donner surprised a showbiz photographer recently when he casually mentioned he's working on a sequel to 1980s family adventure The Goonies – and that he hopes the original cast will be back on board. The seminal 1985 kids' film starred an ensemble cast of up-and-comers, many of whom went on to do exciting things – so how likely would they be to return to that world?

Sean Astin (Mikey)

The leader of the Goonies, Mikey was an earnest youngster who didn't let his asthma stand in the way of his sense of adventure. He was played by then-13-year-old Sean Astin, whose biggest role to date was playing Sam in little-known franchise Lord of the Rings. He's been keeping busy since then, typically working on half-a-dozen projects a year (he's got eight in various stages of production at the moment), though few of them as high profile as (we assume) a Goonies sequel would be. We reckon he'd jump on board.

Josh Brolin (Brand)

Mikey's older brother was a surly teenager who didn't quite fit in with the local jocks, despite his chest-expanding exercises. Brolin has gone on to become a proper leading man, headlining grown-up pictures like No Country for Old Men, W. and Gangster Squad, while occasionally delving into more fun projects (his only family-friendly role in the last decade was Men in Black III, while he's set to reteam with his Planet Terror cohort Robert Rodriguez in the upcoming Sin City sequel). We'd argue that he's best known for his serious work these days, so may be less inclined to revisit childhood pastures, but you never know – he could be hankering for some lighter fare to balance his CV.

Jeff Cohen (Chunk)

Probably the stand-out child performance of The Goonies, Chunk provides some of the film's most memorable moments: the 'truffle shuffle' (see picture above); the breathless confession of all his sins; his bonding with similarly-outcast Sloth (John Matuszak, now sadly deceased). Jeff Cohen bears almost no resemblance to his on-screen counterpart these days: having 'retired' from acting in 1991 (at the tender age of 17), he played some high school football (with the result that he has much less truffle to shuffle these days), and now works as a lawyer dealing with the business end of Hollywood. As the cast-member most distant from filmmaking, we reckon he's the longest shot for getting back on screen.

Corey Feldman (Mouth)

As the smart-assed, loudmouthed member of the gang, Mouth fit well with Corey Feldman's ouvre (which includes similar characters in Stand by Me, The Lost Boys and Gremlins). The real-life Feldman has had more than his fair share of ups and downs, including 'emancipating' hisself from his parents at the age of 15, a public battle with drug addiction, a reality TV show with fellow child star Corey Haim (who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2010) and a marriage officiated by MC Hammer. Would he be up for a Goonies reunion? We're willing to bet 'yes'.

Kerri Green (Andy)

The object of Brand's desires, Andy was the most reluctant member of the Goonies (and only accidentally becomes involved in their adventures). The actress who played her, Kerri Green, kept her hand in the acting game for the decade following The Goonies, but has taken only a handful roles since then (ER in 2000; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2001; indie drama Complacent in 2012). She's also made one stab at directing: 1999 teen pregnancy drama Bellyfruit. Given that she's continued to make the odd on-screen appearance, we think she'd still be up for The Goonies, but it's by no means a sure thing.

Martha Plimpton (Stef)

Andy's best friend and Mouth's older sister, Stef was also reluctant to join the gang (mainly because it meant hanging out with her obnoxious brother). Martha Plimpton kept right on making films throughout the 90s, then switched to TV around the millennium, most recently scoring a recurring role in comedy-drama series Raising Hope. Given that RH has recently been cancelled, however, we'd wager she'd be happy to rejoin the old gang for another adventure.

Jonathan Ke Quan (Data)

Gadget-happy Data was, like Chunk, a stand-out character: the fact that his modified oil-squirting Nikes and continually malfunctioning utility belt were not available in the shops was a minor childhood tragedy. The Goonies came at a high point in Quan's film career, following hot on the heels of a sidekick role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but like several other of his castmates, he took a step back from acting in the 90s (though he has earned credits as part of the stunt/choreography team on X-Men and The One). He's kept quiet for the last decade or so though, so no clues on whether or not he's still in the business of show.

The Goonies

  • 3 stars
  • 1985
  • US
  • 112 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Anne Ramsey

Seven kids go in search of buried treasure and are hotly pursued by vicious villains vying for the loot.


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