The lights are on
As reported today,
it appears that a Mass Effect movie is on the way from Legendary
Features. Production is in its earliest stages, so no release date or
casting details are announced. That won't stop us from picking our
favorites for the film, however. Take a look below for who we'd like to see fill out the cast.
Male Shepard - Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation)
While male Shepard's appearance is a dead-ringer for the real-life model they used as a reference, a role this big would need to go to an actual actor. Lost's Matthew Fox may look a bit more like him, but we think Sam Worthington would be the best choice for the starring role.
Female Shepard - Annie Wersching (24)
Annie played federal agent Renee Walker in seasons 7 and 8 of 24, so she clearly has experience with pointing guns at things and questioning terrorists. Put a space rifle in her hands, switch aliens out for terrorists, and you've got a dead-on female Shepard.
Garrus Vakarian - Kiefer Sutherland (24)
Sticking with the 24 casting, Kiefer would be a great choice for the take-no-prisoners *** Garrus. However, we don't know if Garrus has quite the heroic alcohol tolerance that Mr. Sutherland has demonstrated throughout his career.
Miranda Lawson - Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck)
In some cases, the best pick is the very same actor/actress that Bioware chose for the character in the first place. Yvonne doesn't have a storied career yet, but her time modeling for and voicing Miranda make her the obvious choice.
Mordin Solus - David Hyde Pierce (Frasier)
Liara T'Soni - Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler)
Ashley Williams - Angelina Jolie (Wanted, Tomb Raider, Mr. & Mrs. Smith)
Thane Krios - That Dude Who Played Abe Sapien (Hellboy II)
Kaidan Alenko - Eric Bana (Munich, Hulk)
Just like no one cared about Ang Lee's Hulk, no one cared about Kaidan (since everyone was trying to sleep with Ashley).
Jack - Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta, Star Wars)
The Illusive Man - Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, John From Cincinatti)
While Martin Sheen did a great job voicing The Illusive Man, he's definitely getting up in years. We'd rather see character actor Bruce Greenwood fill the role.
Joker - Triple H (WWE, Blade: Trinity)
We can think of no one better for the wisecracking Joker than thirteen-time World Champion Triple H of WWE fame (seen here with an unidentified youngster).
Tali'Zorah vas Neema - Famke Janssen (Goldeneye, X-Men, Nip/Tuck)
You wouldn't see her face, but Famke has Tali's body as well as experience playing a Russian-accented soldier in 1995's Goldeneye.
Zaeed Massani - Gerard Butler (300, Gamer)
Gerard has the look and the accent to make him perfect for Mass Effect's veteran bounty hunter.
Samara - Sarah Clarke (24)
Jacob Taylor - Kanye West
Wrex/Grunt - Worf
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Seems like a good line-up. I'd be excited if about a fourth of these are in the actual movie. Hopefully Legendary will stay true to the Mass Effect world, and not make some dumb "let's make it unique" movie.
Well not bad until the last few :/
Jamie fox can fit the script for Jacob. To have that kind a line of good actors will sum up a huge movie flic as big as Avatar. But games to movies never really keep up with the hype. The only way is for them to go by the script of the game, dont follow through with random story arcs like (Resident evil) which is bad like a mixed bag of ***.
do you like fishsticks. . .then youre a gayfish!
How about Chris O'Donnell for Shepard? He looks the part fairly well and he's had plenty of practice holding a gun as NCIS:LA's Special Agent G. Callen.
I've always thought Jack looked like Natalie portman in V for Vendetta!!! This would be the greatest cast ever!!!!!
I can't stop laughing at the joker thing with Seth green. Oh and btw how would they decide what background and stuff shepard has. It'd be pretty hard to make such a non linear game into a movie.
Hugo weaving would be a great thane too
haha Triple H???? wtf? Kanye West!? HAHAHA
It's funny cause they started out serious, then they just went more and more to joking. Anyway great picks! =)
Kanye West... That's not even funny. On most of the rest, though, good call! Natalie Portman as Jack = Perfection. David Hyde Pierce would actually be really funny as Mordin. But I mostly want to here him sing as a Salarian.
i like how there are more movies based on games coming to theaters like uncharted, prince of persia, and mass effect. Of course I just hope it does not ruin any game story by puting in things that just don't belong
For Ashley, I'd go with Michelle Rodriguez. That's who I kept thinking she was modeled after.
Annie Wersching as Female Shepard would be an excellent choice. Nobody wants to see the movie starring Male Shepard (or Sam Worthington) anyway. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, we all want to see some girl-on-girl love scenes. :D
Oh, and to the comment about Kaiden, I thought his character was interesting. At least more interesting than Ashley. I sometimes avoided her because she annoyed me so much.
Some of the actors are dead on! I always thought Ashley was a video game version of Angelina. Frasier as Mordin, Bruce Greenwood as the Illusive Man, Natalie Portman (with the V cut) as Jack, and your Thane pick are all right on.
My pick for Joker is Justin Long (Mac commercial guy, Live Free or Die Hard).
As for whether or not to make the movie in the first place: I am always game for the attempt, it won't ruin my experience of the game. If its a bad movie, I won't watch it again (similar to my experience as a Classical Studies major with the movie Alexander). If it turns out well, it adds to the experience.
"Just like no one cared about Ang Lee's Hulk, no one cared about Kaidan (since everyone was trying to sleep with Ashley)."
Just noticed this part! Its so true that I actually didn't pay any attention to who you casted as Kaiden the first time I read through. Seriously, was it even a choice when one of them had to die? Someone really chose Kaiden to live on their first play through?
Very nice selection of potential cast members GI. Some of them were hilarious though, like the Star Trek one.
Anyways great pick and hopefully the directors are looking at this right now.
Not bad. Not bad at all. I disagree with Angelina Jolie as Ashley Williams.