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The Killray Casts: Fantastic Four

October 30, 2013

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Very few debates get the nerd blood boiling like “who should play who in the movie?” arguments.  Here at The Killray, we’re no exception.  That’s why we have returned with another installment of The Killray Casts.

The formula is simple, and you the reader get final say.  We get together and figure out the cast of the property in question.  Without collaboration we pick our dream actors for each role.  It doesn’t matter if the person already played another superhero or video game character- this is our dream cast.  After we get together and go through all of our picks, we post them here and let you vote on who reigns supreme.  This time we’re taking on…

FANTASTIC FOUR

Word has been spreading about an upcoming attempt at rebooting this franchise.  Still, it’s hard to argue with the fact that F4 fans are going to have a tough time washing the taste of those previous films out of their mouths (the guy from Nip/Tuck as Doctor Doom?  Really?).  Given this chatter, matched with our love of the Fantastic Four and wanting redemption for the franchise, we felt there was no time like the present to give our opinions on who would make a great cast.  For starters, we were obviously looking for actors who could take on the roles of Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and the Thing.  We decided to add 2 other power players from the Marvel Universe due to their connection with the F4, namely Namor and Black Panther.  Finally our villain; the baddest of the bad, the Darth Vader of the Marvel Universe: Doctor Victor Von Doom.

For this task we’ve assembled The Killray‘s own Matt Deuce, Chris Geraldson, and Zac Samson.  Here’s what they came up with:

Mister Fantastic

Lee Pace / Matthew Goode / Benedict Cumberbatch

Lee Pace / Matthew Goode / Benedict Cumberbatch

One thing that was very important for all 3 guys was to cast the Fantastic Four as a group, a family.  For this particular assignment, it’s not enough to simply pick the individuals who could fit each role, they have to jive with the others both in personality and age.  As pointed out by Chris, the starting point has to be Reed Richards.  It’s Reed’s science that got them into this superheroing mess in the first place, and he needs to be the anchor.  With that said, Zac liked Lee Pace from the cult TV show Pushing Daisies.  He felt that the emotional detachment that Pace portrayed in the show is perfect for what’s required of Mister Fantastic.  He also pointed out that Pace can do “distracted nerd” quite well.  Matt decided that Matthew Goode was the best guy to take on the stretchy super-genius.  He thought that Goode can pull off the intellectual aspect required, and has the acting chops to carry a movie on his own.  Finally, Chris offered up Benedict Cumberbatch.  He felt that Cumberbatch could handle all of the aspects mentioned by Zac and Matt (genius, emotionally distant, distracted).  Also, given some of the funny clips that have resulted from his resent interviews, he could embody just enough of that likable wit needed to keep Reed our endearing moral center.

Invisible Woman

Diane Kruger / Carey Mulligan / Rachel McAdams

Diane Kruger / Carey Mulligan / Rachel McAdams

Zac felt that Diane Kruger could pull off the role of the team’s matriarch, and quite frankly, the Fantastic Four’s real boss.  He suggested that though fitting the role of a beautiful blonde woman, she comes off as extremely strong willed and commanding.  Matt mentioned his desire to make sure the group seemed like a cohesive unit, therefore going with Carey Mulligan.  He felt that amid excellent acting abilities, she would also be very compatible acting-wise with his choice of Matthew Goode.  Chris agreed that Sue needs to be a hard-nosed, take-no-crap lady, but that she should also be a motherly nurturing sweetheart.  Therefore, he went with Rachel McAdams.  He suggested that many of her past roles show that she can play the tough gal with an enormous heart.

Human Torch

Ryan Kwanten / Hunter Parrish / Dave Franco

Ryan Kwanten / Hunter Parrish / Dave Franco

Zac said very little, claiming that Kwanten’s performance on True Blood of Jason Stackhouse is as close anyone has gotten to playing a true-to-the-comic Johnny Storm (though Evans wasn’t bad), and that he could see him yelling “Flame on!” and making fun of the Thing.  Matt thought that Hunter Parrish has the look and ability to portray an annoying brat that would be essential to pull off his Johnny Storm.  Again, with his desire to present a team that works as a group, he noted that he fit the right age-range as well.  Chris cited his intention of casting someone who is younger than his Sue and could easily come across as a cocky jerk that you want to smack around once in a while, while still loving.  In his mind, no one fit that role better than Dave Franco.  Chris thinks that little justification for his choice is required given the younger Franco’s body of work.

Thing

Liev Schreiber / Domenick Lombardozzi / Tom Hardy

Liev Schreiber / Domenick Lombardozzi / Tom Hardy

Zac felt it was important to cast an actor that can play Ben Grimm first and the Thing second.  He noted that Ben Grimm doesn’t look like a rock-less version of the Thing prior to transforming (like Michael Chiklis), but is a pretty clean-cut, good looking dude.  Being one of Zac’s favorite heroes, he also wanted to pick someone who is from New York, Jewish, and has blue eyes.  Upon seeing scenes of Liev Schreiber beating people up on his new show Ray Donovan, he knew he found his guy.  Matt went the opposite way and wanted a guy whose features were reflected in the physique and look of the Thing, and therefore chose Domenick Lombardozzi.  He felt that Lombardozzi had that perfect New York swagger in tandem with the ability to play a total badass.  Chris was looking for a guy with great ability and range as an actor, being able to portray the duality of Ben Grimm.  With that in mind he went with Tom Hardy.  Chris pointed out Hardy’s ability to, in some movies, look like Mr. GQ, but once you shave his head, become a monster.

Namor

Jason Momoa / Sam Witwer / Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jason Momoa / Sam Witwer / Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Zac said that he stumbled upon Jason Momoa when trying to brainstorm candidates, and knew he found his Sub-Mariner immediately.  He wanted to go with an actor who looked more exotic, like a warrior you would see on an ancient battlefield, and therefore thought Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo was the perfect choice.  Plus, those eyebrows.  Matt wanted an actor who was visually and physically compatible and could handle action, while possessing the charisma that he felt could carry an independent Namor franchise. With that in mind he chose Sam Witwer.  Chris went with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  He posited that Meyers has played a ruler of men and has a great stoic quality about him.  He also saw Meyers as being physically compatible with the role, and could pull off someone who could steal some of the Invisible Woman’s attention from her husband Mister Fantastic.

Black Panther

Chiwetel Ejiofor / Chadwick Boseman / Djimon Hounsou

Chiwetel Ejiofor / Chadwick Boseman / Djimon Hounsou

For T’Challa, king of Wakanda, Zac went with Chiwetel Ejofor.  He pointed out that Ejiofor has proven quite capable of action, and seems incapable of offering a bad performance, being one of the best actors working today.  Matt, citing his amazing performance in 42, picked Chadwick Boseman to play Black Panther.  He feels that Boseman has the onscreen presence to handle such a role, and suggested that he too was an actor who could headline a franchise on his own.  Chris’ choice Djimon Hounsou is definitely the most physically imposing of the bunch, seemingly capable of beating up the rest of the cast, just like T’Challa.  Chris also thought it was very telling that amid a variety of great performances (usually portraying a total badass), Hounsou was also the voice of the Black Panther in the cartoon adaptation.

Doctor Doom

Mads Mikkelsen / Joel Edgerton / Idris Elba

Mads Mikkelsen / Joel Edgerton / Idris Elba

Zac, an admittedly devoted fan of TV’s Hannibal, thinks that Mads Mikkelsen would make the perfect Doctor Doom, dictator of Latveria, and a mastermind bent on world domination.  He went on to suggested that an actor playing Doom needs to be imposing, but needs to be subtle about it to not come off too cartoony.  If any actor’s presence on screen and seemingly emotionless gaze offers the perfect qualifications to play Doom, Zac says it’s Mikkelsen.  He also noted that Mikkelsen has an accent that isn’t necessarily easy to place right away, which would lend itself well to a character from a fictitious country.  Matt felt that Joel Edgerton has, first and foremost, the acting talent to play such a diabolical character.  Though not necessarily similar to many of his previous roles, Matt believes that Edgerton has in him the potential to play a real psycho.  Chris, in a departure from the source material, went with Idris Elba.  He thought that Elba was more than capable of offering a performance that does Doom justice.  He mentioned that Elba’s intense, deep voice would be perfect coming from behind the metal mask, and that the star could offer the cerebral performance necessary to portray Doom’s vast intellect.

That does it for our picks, and now we put the power in your hands.  Below you will see a series of polls that allow you to decide what picks were the best of the bunch.  The polls will only be open for a limited time, so get your votes in quick.

We’ll see you back here for the results.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Claude permalink
    October 31, 2013 10:30 am

    I’m not voting, if its between a giant douche and a turd-sandwich I pick neither
    nobody here even looks like the comic drawings, especially Ben doesn’t look like that
    each actor just seems like a downgraded version of the original cast; blonde woman, blonde man, brunette man, bald guy. even if you use the most popular actors who fit those hollow descriptions, it’s still just a shallow typecast that bares little resemblance to any comic depiction I know of. Ben was never a bald guy anywhere in the comics, I take it you’ve only seen the movies? the point of rebooting it is to be different than the last time. but this ballot is fixed to give us the same crap, and THIS is why I don’t vote.

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