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Role: Myrtle Wilson
Played in the 1974 version by: Karen Black
Our pick: Leighton Meester
In the other big-screen version, Myrtle is all kinds of messy. Can you imagine what weird, new places Meester could take the character of the trashy, (literally) down-trodden other woman? "Gossip Girl" has taught Meester when to cry and when to throw a hissy fit, and she could totally put those strengths to serious dramatic use as poor, awful Myrtle.