Netflix just released its trailer for the second season for “Grace and Frankie,” following Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the title roles as recent divorcées. The series follows the two very different women who have a shared experience of their two exes, played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Long story short, the two men have decided to pursue a gay relationship together.
The first season shows both Grace and Frankie adjusting to their lives as seniors who are fresh on the market. There were a number of seasoned actors who were offered the role as their suitors, including Craig T. Nelson, Ernie Hudson and Sam Elliott. But, instead of reporting on who may book the gig, let’s do a bit of casting of our own.
Check out our list of silver foxes who would play great opposite Fonda and Tomlin:
Jack Nicholson on screen with Jane Fonda would be a delight in itself. He could portray a former playboy that Grace finally tames. The role wouldn’t be too far of a stretch for Nicholson, but honestly any Jack Nicholson is great Jack Nicholson. Additionally, the star has had his share of successful romantic comedies, including senior flick “Something’s Gotta Give” opposite Diane Keaton.
Billy Dee Williams
The 78-year-old actor recently reprised his role as Colt 45 spokesperson. Best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the original “Star Wars” movies, his suave demeanor could come in handy in wooing Grace or Frankie in the upcoming season. Williams would make it easy for the women to forget their heartbreak from their exes Robert (Sheen) and Sol (Waterston).
Robert De Niro
Seasoned and critically acclaimed actor Robert De Niro would be a fun match up with Tomlin’s Frankie. While his recent big-screen projects have flopped in the box office, the “Taxi Driver” star could make an impact on the small-screen. It would be amusing to see him changing up his usual tough exterior, maybe assuming the role as Frankie’s weed-smoking partner — lying on the beach and participating in random cultural rituals.
Jonathan Goldsmith — best known for his role on the Dos Equis commercials as The Most Interesting Man in the World — would be an exceptionally debonair suitor for Fonda.The timing would be perfect as Goldsmith’s schedule has been freed up a bit since Dos Equis retired the popular campaign. It would be natural for him to portray a connoisseur of alcohol, which would be an immediate commonality with Grace.
Fred Williamson — known for his professional football career and roles in ’70s blaxploitation films — could be the perfect addition to the series as Frankie’s new beau. Williamson’s athleticism and Frankie’s free spirit would prove to be perfect opposites. As we all know, opposites attract!
“Grace and Frankie” returns for season two on May 26 on Netflix.