Danger Girl Double Dose-An Animated AND Live-Action Fancast!
My double-scoop fancast of the hit spy spoof comic.
Image and Wildstorm comics are the type who get less multimedia exposure outside of statues and collector-based action figures. Some have found their way into the mainstream, but don't make a splash with an audience with years of DC and Marvel. Some of these include Spawn (HBO 3-season animated series and an awful movie), Wild CATS (short-lived cartoon series in 1995), Savage Dragon (short-lived cartoon series in 1997), Gen 13 (almost-released animated feature film made by Disney), Witchblade (an anime that reinterpreted the story), and Firebreather (computer-animated tv movie that didn't do so well). There is, however, one property that could be a hit if they ever decided to do a movie, live-action or animated. The property I speak of--DANGER GIRL, the hit spy spoof miniseries by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, released in 1998 and went on to have a few more minis and a crossover with Batman and an upcoming one with Army of Darkness.
For the uneducated, Danger Girl centers around a U.N.-backed almost all-female spy agency tasked with taking out global threats. The first story, which would be the first to be adapted, focuses on new recruit Abbey Chase as she helps the team try to keep three mystic artifacts (a helmet, a sword, and a shield) from falling into the hands of the paramilitary organization called the Hammer Empire, which arose from the pooled resources of Soviet loyalists and Neo-Nazis. The series spoofs and parodies many espionage elements of pop culture such as the James Bond novels and films, along with others (a trend with its roots in the 1967 Casino Royale, the TV series Get Smart, and the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery). Think James Bond meets Charlie's Angels meets Indiana Jones, with the Bond Girls being the stars of the story.
With this fancast (which is completely different than peterparker420's), I decided to do two in one, a cast for a live-action movie, and one for if DC (the current owners of Wildstorm) did it as an animated feature. On to the cast!
Abbey Chase-Rachel Taylor (live-action), Yvonne Strahovski (animated)
Chase is a Lara Croft/Indiana Jones-style adventuress and an ancient history scholar who acts as a bit of a Robin Hood. She gets recruited by Danger Girl with the task of helping them locate the artifacts before the Hammer Empire gets them. I went with Taylor because she's got the look and ability (and the fact that she's in the rebooted Charlie's Angel show coming out); Strahovski because of her experience on Chuck, and she's never done anything animated before.
Sydney Savage-Jennifer Love Hewitt (live-action), Janet Montgomery (animated)
Savage is a former Australian Special Ops soldier with a skill with the bullwhip and a thing for haute couture fashion. She's the only one to rebuff the advances of Johnny Barracuda. I went with Hewitt because I don't know of any action credits to her resume, and her ability as seen on Ghost Whisperer (though I've never seen the show); Montgomery because of her role on Human Target; plus, I'm sure either one could pull of an Australian accent.
"Silicon" Valerie-Emma Stone (live-action), Alyson Michalka or Lacey Chabert (animated)
Valerie is the team's resident tech head who wants to someday be a field agent, she's also the youngest member who's also a teenage prodigy that gradutated from Oxford at the top of her class, and has a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Barracuda. Emma's already a redhead and Easy A proves she's got some comedy chops, plus she looks like she could do geeky; Michalka or Chabert, either of them have good voices, but I'll leave that up to you guys.
Deuce-Sean Connery (live-action), Darrell Hammond (animated)
A former MI-6 agent who bears a striking resemblance to an aged Sean Connery, he is the leader of Danger Girl and can still kick some tail. Connery was an easy choice, since the guy is modeled after him (and who wouldn't want to see him rock a ponytail for the first time since 1975?); Hammond because of the "wickedly ridiculous" Connery impression he made famous on Saturday Night Live.
Johnny Barracuda-Mark Wahlberg (live-action), Ashton Kutcher (animated)
Johnny is a handsome, pun-spouting CIA agent who helps the team with their mission. He is also essentially an American Austin Powers because of his being a ladies' man with a huge ego and libido who can't go two steps with multiple women swooning over him. He also flirts with Abbey and Sydney throughout the entire thing. I went with Wahlberg because with this he could combine his bits from the remake of The Italian Job and The Good Guys; Kutcher because he could really play suave for once and make it funny.
Secret Agent Zero-Jason Statham (live-action), Diedrich Bader (animated)
Zero is a mercenary Deuce recruits to infiltrate and later aid the team against the Hammer Empire. He's a parody of the GI Joe character Snake Eyes, and unlike the Joe, he can speak. He also has a yet-to-be-confirmed connection to Abbey (her father?). I went with Statham because of his action and acting chops; Bader because of his voice (think Batman in Batman: the Brave and the Bold).
Falcon-Don Johnson (live-action), Christian Slater (animated)
A fellow agent of Johnny's who ends up captured, experimented on, and killed by the mad scientist of the Hammer Empire, right in front of Johnny's and Sydney's eyes. I went with Don Johnson so he could spoof his role of Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice; Slater because of a spy spoof (Jet Fusion) he voiced on Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
*Duncan, Abbey's contact and info broker, would be played by Seth Rogen.
Natalia Kassle-Scarlett Johannson (live-action), Famke Jannsen (animated)
Kassle is an ex-KGB agent who is also the team's former field leader/trainer and skilled with knives, who turns out to be a double-agent for the Hammer Empire. I went with Johannson because I was inspired by her performance in the 2008 adaptation of The Spirit and her role as the Black Widow in Iron Man 2; Jannsen because it'd be like spoofing her role in the James Bond movie GoldenEye, and I bet she's never done animation before.
Hammer Empire Leader-Anthony Hopkins (live-action), Ed O'Neill (animated), with the rejuvinated version voiced by Fred Tatasciore
The "Fuhrer" of the Hammer Empire, who wants to use the artifacts to give him great power to rule the world. I went with Hopkins because he'd be spoofing Hannibal Lecter (a bit) and it'd be a similar move to casting Michael Caine in Goldmember; O'Neill because I just thought it'd be a good change of pace, and allow him to flex his voiceover muscles.
Major Maxim-Dolph Lundgren (live-action), Daran Norris (animated)
The field commander of Hammer Empire's troops with superhuman strength and his face hidden by a mask, he got his power via a serum created by the organization's head scientist. I went with Lundgren so he could spoof his Ivan Drago role a bit; Norris because of his wickedly ridiculous Arnold Schwartzenegger impression as Jorgen Von Strangle on The FairlyOdd Parents.
Dr. Kharnov Von Kripplor-Terrence Stamp (live-action), Dwight Schultz (animated)
The resident mad scientist of the Hammer Empire, he is insane "and proud of it". I went with Stamp because of his role as Siegfried in the remake of Get Smart; Schultz because of the lunacy he brought to HM Murdock on The A-Team and Dr. Animo (a similar character) on Ben 10 and its subsequent successors.
Assassin X-Jet Li (live-action), Gedde Watanabe (animated)
The Hammer Empire's resident ninja master, he's a parody of the GI Joe character Storm Shadow, and like him he has a deep-seated rivalry with Secret Agent Zero, but unlike Storm Shadow, he's blind. I went with Jet Li so he could get one last hurrah in an action film (that's also a spoof); Watanabe because of a role he once played, the Repeller, on an episode of Batman Beyond.
The Peach-Danny DeVito (live-action AND animated)
A former Russian weapons dealer who isn't seen without his black trenchcoat and his favorite hand fruit in hand (a peach), he is tasked by the Hammer Empire with retrieving one of the artifacts (the shield) and trading it at a swanky party in the Swiss Alps. I went with DeVito because I wanted to see if he could do a Russian accent, and channel some of the evil of the Penguin in a comedic light.
Cain and Abel-Armie Hammer (live-action), Neil Patrick Harris (animated)
The twin grandsons of the Hammer Empire's leader, they host the party in the Alps and do the exchange with the Peach. I went with Hammer so he could spoof his role from The Social Network, and I'm sure he could pull off both a flamboyant demeanor and a German accent; same goes for NPH, who proved his comedy and voiceover chops (see his role as the main villain in the musical Batman: the Brave and the Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!").
Kid Dynamo-Luis Guzman (live-action, with the motion capture they used for the Hobbits), Tom Kenny (animated)
A dwarf enforcer for the Hammer Empire with a grudge against Johnny Barracuda, who uses golden extendable arms as weapons. I chose Guzman because he's pretty funny; Kenny because he could do a great impression of Hervé Villechaize, the French actor who played Nick Nack in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
*His partner, Mr. Giggles, would be played by Doug Jones (live-action) or Larry Drake (animated).
Donavin Conrad-Will Ferrell (live-action), Seth MacFarlane (animated)
Despite being a stereotypical aristocratic villain, he's a bit of a cartoonish buffon putting on an obvious charade. He wears a toupee and lost his right eye to Abbey, and tries to get back from her a golden skull (which he had stolen earlier). I went with Ferrell because of a role he had in the first two Austin Powers films, the assassin Mustafa, and he could combine that with his Robert Goulet imitation; MacFarlane because of his voice and comedy work.
Eddie Owen-Danny McBride (live-action), John DiMaggio (animated)
A Texas-born game designer who created a popular online RPG that Valerie plays, he also posesses one of the artifacts (the helmet) and ends up accompanying the team when it gets stolen in an ambush by the Hammer troops. I went with McBride because of his stature and comedic chops; DiMaggio speaks for himself.
Additional Voices (for the animated version):
-Grey DeLisle as a Hammer Kommandant (seen in the ambush) and a few ski girls (who swoon over Johnny).
-Kevin Michael Richardson as one of Donavin's goons and a few Hammer troopers.
-James Arnold Taylor as a Hammer communications trooper, one of Donavin's goons, and a few Hammer troopers.
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