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City Hall: The movie

Our dream cast to play top elected officials in New York City government.

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It has been said that politics is show business for ugly people. But when films get made about politics, glamorous film stars often get cast to play real-life politicians – from Julianne Moore playing Sarah Palin to Hugh Jackman playing Gary Hart to Christian Bale playing Dick Cheney (we won’t even get into who’s playing Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Showtime miniseries – since we think our pick is far better). So, with apologies to the 1996 drama “City Hall,” we decided to assemble a dream cast to play leading figures inside the real-life City Hall.


Mayor Bill de Blasio

City & State's choice: Brad Garrett
Reader’s choice: Will Ferrell

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Comptroller Scott Stringer

City & State's choice: Richard Dreyfuss
Reader’s choice: Matthew Broderick

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Public Advocate Letitia James

City & State and reader’s choice: Queen Latifah

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Council Speaker Corey Johnson

City & State and reader’s choice: James Corden

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

City & State and reader’s choice: Common

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Brooklyn Borough President Adams

City & State's choice: Ving Rhames
Reader’s choice: Andre Braugher

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Councilman Jumaane Williams

City & State's choice: Jamie Foxx

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Councilman Torres

City & State's choice: Trevor Noah

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First lady Chirlane McCray

City & State's choice: Jada Pinkett Smith

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Former Council Speaker Christine Quinn

City & State's choice: Rosie O’Donnell

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