First and foremost, the casting of Sargeant Cary Mahoney is key in the success of this new misfit comedy. Mahoney, the wise-cracking ladies man who was in the foreground of most of the shenanigans, was played with a wink and a nod by Steve Guttenberg as a character as amused with himself as we were watching him. Perhaps even more in the later films. Casting Mahoney came easily, as there is but one comedic actor as self aware as Guttenberg in the role. This seems like a part made for Ryan Reynolds, whose dry wit and perpetual smirk fit the irony of the character. And of course Reynolds can stick the landing on the ladykiller angle with the best of them.
Next in line behind Mahoney is the grand master of the team of goofballs, one aimless feckless Commandant named Eric Lassard. Never far from his goldfish, Lassard is just as unaware of his surroundings as Mahoney is aware. Played by Geogre Gaynes of Punky Brewster fame, Lassard was the lovable dope everyone "reported" to. This felt like an easy casting chore as well. Given his age now, his recent success on television, and his ability to play aloof with the best of them, I think Chevy Chase would slide into the role seamlessly. Chase would bring a different sort of airheaded gullability to the role, carrying that goldfish a bit differently and swinging the golf club with a backstroke of a master physical comedian that Gaynes didn't quite have.
There are some villains to consider as well, like Captain Harris and his sidekick Proctor. G.W. Bailey's Harris was consistently the butt of the joke, always in the crosshairs of Mahoney and the cadets and a perpetual step behind. And there was his sidekick, the bumbling dope Proctor played by Lance Kinsey. These are two tough casting calls, but for Harris I thought Kevin Spacey could nail this role down, channeling his wickedness from Horrible Bosses. This is a long shot, and a big star for a role like this, but Spacey fits in my mind. And as for Proctor, well, is there anyone else other than Michael Cera who could fit this timid moron better? I don't think so.
Sure, this is a pipe dream casting the new Police Academy, but I must say it was fun to revisit a childhood favorite and try and fit in the right characters for the parts. It could really be something funny and inventive, but I feel like it won't be once casting begins. Expect a lot of unknowns to fill out the list, and don't expect anyone to call Kevin Spacey.