On the one hand, I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH AND THEY NEED TO BE MADE INTO MOVIES ASAP.
But on the other hand, Hollywood would probably mess the whole thing up.
So to help them along, I’ve come up with my own dream cast for the Underland Chronicles. It’ll be awesome. And feel free to list your own dream casting in the comments – nobody imagines fictional characters in exactly the same way as the next person.
Here goes something awesome…
// Gregor – Asa Butterfield //
So, I’m thinking that the film’s producers would ‘age up’ everyone, just like in ‘The Giver’, so Gregor and Luxa would be in their late teens at least. I’ve seen Asa Butterfield in several movies, at several different ages, and I can’t think of anyone else as Gregor. He’s got that understated bravery/sensitivity thing going in ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘The Space Between Us’ and he’d do a fine job of bringing Gregor to life.
// Luxa – Chloë Grace Moretz //
Look at that mischievous little smirk! I haven’t seen Chloë in too many films – just ‘Hugo’ and ‘If I Stay’, but I think she looks the part of Luxa and she and Asa Butterfield already have great ‘friendship with the potential to become something more’ chemistry, as seen in ‘Hugo’.
// Voice of Ripred – Harrison Ford //
Ripred is a definite fan-favorite, so who better to voice him than another established fan-favorite? Harrison Ford’s distinctive gravelly, growly voice would lend itself wonderfully to Ripred’s terse, sarcastic comments, and because it’s Ford, the viewers would already be open to the idea of Ripred being nicer/awesomer than he seems at first. (And don’t forget the Tragic Backstory. I’m getting emotional just thinking of how Harrison Ford would handle Ripred telling Lizzy all about it.)
// Vikus – Liam Neeson //
Vikus is someone who needs to be portrayed with care, because he could end up being too gung-ho for the war effort or too limp-wristed and wimpy. Liam Neeson would balance Vikus’ peace loving ways and inner steel, and it would be amazing.
// Solovet – Cate Blanchett //
I believe Solovet was the first person I cast, except maybe Hamnet. Cate Blanchett is the BOSS and if I could have only one casting choice on this list make it to the big screen, it would be this one. She’s a liiiittle young to play Liam Neeson’s wife, but I know they could pull it off. And seeing her leading the army and being sympathetic and manipulative and almost a villain before her ultimately tragic end…GAH. She’s perfect for the part.
// Voice of Bane – Alan Tudyk //
Looking at Tudyk’s screen credits, I saw that he’s voiced a lot of controlling, deceptive, power-hungry characters – King Candy (‘Wreck-It Ralph’), Duke Weselton (‘Frozen’), and Alistair Krei (‘Big Hero 6’). He can do so many voices so well and I know he’d do a great job, voicing Bane.
// Voice of Temp – Hank Azaria //
The dude has great range for voice acting – I watched featurette for ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ where he went through a bunch of different voices for Kahmanrah and it was awesome. Plus, he voiced Abraham Lincoln in that as well and Rasputin’s creepy sidekick in ‘Anastasia’. Voicing a talking cockroach? Easy!
// Gregor’s Dad – Ralph Macchio //
Gregor’s dad is a pretty important role, since the quest for him is what moves the first book along (at least partly). I think Ralph Macchio could do frail and weak and just-recovering-from-being-kept-in-a-pit-by-rats, but also trying to help Gregor be the best person he can be very well indeed.
// Gregor’s Mom – Emily Blunt //
Those scenes in the Underland when Gregor’s mom first comes down would be hilarious. And I hope that if Emily Blunt was cast, they’d make Gregor’s mom a stronger character with more to do, so that would be great.
// Voice of Ares – Chadwick Boseman //
*screams and flails into the distance* (Because Chadwick Boseman.) I sometimes forget that Ares is quite young because he’s so serious and brooding, and Boseman would do an amazing job of bringing out the best in Ares – his loyalty, bravery, and general awesomeness.
// Hamnet – Jonas Armstrong //
Ohhhh, boy. I know if I ever see Hamnet on-screen, I’ll be crying so hard I probably won’t actually see him. (Slight exaggeration there. But still.) Jonas Armstrong does ‘wounded by his past’ incredibly well (hello, BBC Robin Hood) and he looks quite a bit like the Hamnet I picture in my head and, yeah, he’d be more than able to play Hamnet as the warrior, the peacemaker, the lost son who never came home… *chills* I only ask that they do flashbacks to when Solovet locked him up and the Garden of the Hesperides and that he says his “I do no harm. I do no more harm.” line.
// Mareth – Jeremy Renner //
Mareth is a pretty small role, but he helps Gregor several times and goes on their journey to kill the Bane and is best buds with Howard and Hamnet and, yeah, he’s pretty awesome. Jeremy Renner does a lot of action-y stuff, so he could definitely pull off the battle scenes. And he’d bring good characterization to what is almost a bit part.
// Perdita – Gal Gadot //
Perdita is a true bit part, to be honest. She does become the head of Regalia’s army, but I pretty much added her just because she was in the fanfiction I wrote and I had the brilliant brainstorm of having her played by Gal Gadot. Because she would be brilliant in the role. Plus, this would be the second film/film series in which she plays opposite (opposite-ish) a character named Ares. How can you pass up that opportunity?
So, that’s my list! I still have some characters to cast: Boots, Howard, Henry, Lizzy, Mrs. Cormaci, etc., so if you have suggestions for those characters, please let me know. 🙂