Fancast: STAR WARS Prequel Trilogy

Here is my fancast for a reboot of the much criticized Star Wars prequel trilogy. Hit the jump to check it out.

Follow Paul:
By Paul Romano - 4/18/2012
Hey all,

I realized it's been several months since I've posted a fancast, and recently I decided to fix that. I ended up going with a Star Wars fancast, since it's been something that I've been wanting to make for some time. I'm against the idea of remaking the original trilogy completely, so I decided to recast various characters in the prequel trilogy. I'm one of the few who doesn't hate that trilogy, but they (especially Attack Of The Clones) have a lot of flaws. If they ever decided to redo the prequels, here is a cast that I'd like to see.




Obi-Wan Kenobi - James McAvoy (The Conspirator, X-Men: First Class)





Typical choice, but a great one. McAvoy is one of the better actors in Hollywood right now, and I think he can play Obi-Wan very well. His performance in The Conspirator more or less confirmed that IMO.

Others I Considered: None




Anakin Skywalker - Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, In Treatment)





I was originally going to go with Garrett Hedlund, but I figured it was better to use someone younger and not as well known. I still have to see Chronicle, but from the trailers, DeHaan seems to be a pretty good actor. He's also older than he looks (he's 25, which is the perfect age for Anakin IMO), I think he would be good as Skywalker.

Others I Considered: Garrett Hedlund, Emile Hirsch




Padme Amidala - Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted)





One of the flaws in the prequel trilogy was that Padme was horribly written. And I mean horribly (horrible enough to make Natalie Portman unlikable). To start, I'd have her in her 20s in a redo of the trilogy. Kunis is a pretty good actress, I can definitely see her as the Queen of Naboo. She's also 28, three years younger than DeHaan (though, like DeHaan, Kunis can pass for 25 yrs or younger).

Others I Considered: Christina Ricci




Yoda - Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Lord Of The Rings Trilogy)





Unlike other incarnations, I'd have Yoda be motion-captured instead of completely CGI'd. And who better to play him than the King of Motion Capture? Serkis knows his way around the format, he was fantastic in Rise Of The Apes (he needed an Oscar nom).

Others I Considered: Spike Lee (JK)




Mace Windu - Wesley Snipes (Blade Trilogy)





I wanted to go with someone who was experienced with action roles, and Snipes is very experienced. Just watch the Blade movies and imagine Snipes with a lightsaber to see what I mean.

Others I Considered: Terry Crews, Michael Jai White




Qui Gon Jinn - Jared Harris (Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows)





This is definitely an out of the box choice, and I'm not sure if it can work well. But Harris is a good actor, and the two pictures above pretty much told me that he wouldn't be a bad choice for Jinn.

Others I Considered: Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean




C-3PO - Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit)





Not sure if I really need to explain this one. When I watch the Hobbit trailer, I can't help but imagine Freeman as 3PO. Not sure who should voice R2-D2 though.

Others I considered: Zachary Quinto




Emperor Palpatine - Colin Firth (The King's Speech, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)





Firth is a great actor, but he hasn't had a lot of variety concerning the characters he has played. Palpatine is very different, but I think he can pull it off.

Others I Considered: Gary Oldman




Darth Maul - Scott Adkins (Stunts), Sam Witer (Voice)





Maul is probably my favorite Star Wars villain next to Vader, and he was severely underused in Phantom Menace. He should be the villain of an entire trilogy. Adkins is fantastic when it comes to martial arts (see Ninja), while Witwer has done a good job voicing the character in The Clone Wars. Put them together for a new live action version, and you got a good representation.

Others I Considered: Liam Neeson/Ray Park




General Grievous - Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior)





Grievous was another underused villain in the prequel trilogy. I'd have in in at least two films, considering his potential as a threat. As for who should voice the character, I was interested in Tom Hardy after hearing him in The Dark Knight Rises prologue/trailer (yes, I love his voice). I can imagine a similar voice used for Grievous.

Others I Considered: Gary Oldman, Crispin Glover




Jango Fett - Cillian Murphy (Inception, Batman Begins)





To play the father of Boba Fett, you need to be a real boss. Enter Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow. Murphy's a great actor, his performance in In Time inspired me to have him in this cast as Fett.

Others I Considered: Joe Manganiello




Well, that's my cast for a reboot of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. As usual, comments/feedback/suggestions are always welcome.









DISCLAIMER: This article was submitted by a volunteer contributor who has agreed to our code of conduct. ComicBookMovie.com is protected from liability under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and "safe harbor" provisions. CBM will disable users who knowingly commit plagiarism, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement. Please contact us for expeditious removal of copyrighted/trademarked content. You may also learn more about our copyright and trademark policies HERE.
1
LIKE!
17 Comments
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/18/2012, 11:23 AM
Amazing cast dude
OptimusBurgundyMaximus - 4/18/2012, 11:31 AM
The cast for anakin is pretty solid ..
TheSoulEater - 4/18/2012, 11:34 AM
The anakin part sold me, everyone else I think can be left be...except the emperor, I like that choice
superbatspiderman - 4/18/2012, 2:24 PM
Very good cast. This totally kicks the crap out of the actual trilogy even tho Ewan McGregor was perfect. The only casting I don't like of yours is Cillian Murphy, Norman Reedus would be better.
Christuffer - 4/18/2012, 2:54 PM
Give Andy Serkis a break, geez.

Good cast though.
MrCameron - 4/18/2012, 7:07 PM
This is a really good cast, only ones I can really knock you on are James McAvoy (because he's overused) and Cillian Murphy (because he just seems off). Like SUPERBATSPIDERMAN said, Norman Reedus would be better for the latter role.

And you know what's funny; I've actually thought of DeHaan as Anikan myself. It's like you stole that idea from me Inception style lol.
Vafrous - 4/18/2012, 10:17 PM
This is beast. Amazing Anakin...
l0rdleg0las - 4/19/2012, 1:25 AM
alright, i haven't watched the prequel trilogy since Lucas shit them out at theaters. and i haven't watched the Clone Wars series, because Lucas has so [frick]ed up my love of Star Wars that as far as I am concerned there are only 3 movies and nothing else.

but, did Darth Maul ever actually speak in Phantom Menace?

and I agree, his character should have been a pain in the ass for the entire trilogy or at least 2 movies. and not gotten tthe completely lame ass death he got. i mean seriously, he went straight up ninja badass against Obi Wan and Qui Gon Jinn only to turn into a dumbass with a stick when he has Obi Wan hanging by his fingertips.

but regardless of my rant here, i actually like this cast. the only one i am unsure of is the kid you chose for Luke and that stems more from the fact that i haven't seen him in anything before
TheSoulEater - 4/19/2012, 5:20 AM
Oh and for my money, Keifer Sutherland as Qui Gon
PaulRom - 4/19/2012, 7:20 AM
@l0rdleg0las: Maul only had a couple lines or so. Probably all in one scene.

And thanks for the comments folks, appreciate it.
nowtheresaBATman - 4/19/2012, 8:54 PM
Great pick for Anakin, that DeHaan kid looks like Luke Skywalker. I've always thought Charlie Hunnam would be interesting.
SuperDude001 - 4/20/2012, 12:02 PM
McAvoy as Kenobi and Freeman as C3P-O are perfection!! Best choices ever!
The others are all really good, although I'm not too sure about Kunis (but I'd give her a chance).
Well done dude, brilliant casting!
PaulRom - 4/20/2012, 1:33 PM
@nowtheresaBATman: Yeah, one of the reasons I cast DeHaan was because I wanted someone who looked like he could be Luke Skywalker's father.
nowtheresaBATman - 4/20/2012, 3:27 PM
your Obi-Wan pick is good too he's the only other actor after Ewan I would even consider
BIGBMH - 4/21/2012, 12:40 AM
I liked Dane Dehaan in chronicle, but I'm not sure if I could see him as Anakin. For one thing, I don't believe he's as tall as Darth Vader. For another, I'm not sure if he could really be a good, heroic Anakin the way we see him on Clone Wars (which is really the most likeable version of the character).
Dane to me is more Luke, the guy that's trying to find his way and become the hero he needs to be in desperate circumstances. Anakin has more of a natural confidence.
RedNTheHood - 9/29/2012, 4:18 AM
This is GREAT!
BumblingCK - 7/26/2013, 5:50 PM
http://www.imdb.com/list/arbopZGY9Xc/ - prequel trilogy
http://www.imdb.com/list/oiDe6krHZI4/ - sequel trilogy

Please log in to post comments.

Don't have an account?
Please Register.