For some reason I see David Andrews from Graveyard Shift as Barbie.
I've given this a lot of thought....here are some choices I think would be great
Baaarbie - Jake Gyllenhaal
Julia - Anne Heche (w/long hair)
Rusty - Jon Hamm
Linda - Elizabeth Banks (She had a great dramatic role in The Next 3 Days opposite Russell Crowe)
Chef Bushey - Jeremy Davies
Thurse - Dave "Gruber" Allen (the guidance councelor from Freaks & Geeks)
Junior - Sam Whitwer (I remember him from an episode of Dexter, turns out he was also in The Mist. Kismet?)
Burpee - Johnny Depp (w/a pencil thin mustache and his hair slicked back, lol)
Brenda Perkins - Susan Sarandon (or someone like that)
Big Jim Rennie - Stephen Root (I pictured him the entire time I read the book)
Current actors I'd go for Russel Crowe or Will Smith as Barbara and maybe Wayne Knight as Rennie.
Long gone great actors - Signet Greenstreet as Rennie with Van jonson as Barbara........what do ya think ?
Yeah, he looks the part. But can he act?
How about Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice as Dale Barbara? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0232998/
Michael C Hall is a good choice. I thought he was supposed to be fairly young (mid to late 30s) as Julia is always making jokes about how shes old enough to be his mother and alit of the suggestions are old or at least old looking.
Big Jim … Powers Boothe
Junior … Cayden Boyd
Barbie … Timothy Olyphant
Rusty … Dillon Mcdermott
Julia … Maria Bello
Carter … Hunter Parrish
The Chef … DJ Qualls
Andy Sanders … Kevin Pollack
Cox … Bradley Whitford
Jackie … Kristin Bauer van Straten
Linda … Jorja Fox
Andrea … Rachel Griffiths
Burpee … Aaron Eckhart
For me i will pick Bruce Willis he is the right choice if ever the Under the Dome will be made into a movie