5 Actors That Should Be Considered For He-Man In MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is all but set to direct the next live-action version of Masters of the Universe, but who will play He-Man? Click the jump to check out my top five choices.
5. JOE MANGANIELLO
The 35-year-old actor has already come close to playing a superhero in the past when he was considered for Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, but a scheduling issue with HBO's True Blood prevented him from completing his audition. Just recently he expressed interest in playing The Punisher and Batman in a future reboot. But could he be interested in dying his hair blonde and riding a green tiger? He certainly has the body for the role and being the tallest actor on the list at 6 feet 5 inches ain't too shabby either. Throw in the fact that he spent most of Magic Mike in a thong he certainly won't mind wearing He-Man's skanky costume.
4. JAI COURTNEY
Jai's star is certainly on the rise. Yeah you might have seen him in Starz's Spartacus: Vengeance, but if you missed him in that you will surely notice him in his upcoming films. He has roles in Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher movie, Aaron Eckhart's I, Frankenstein, and a starring role opposite Bruce Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard. Any actor that can beat out Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, and James Badge Dale for the coveted role of John McClane's son in the next Die Hard is certainly someone to watch for in the future.
3. LIAM HEMSWORTH
In a perfect world Chris Hemsworth would play He-Man. He has the look and the attitude that you need, but sadly He-Man is far too similar of a role to Thor to have that happen. If you can't have Chris why not grab the next best thing, his younger brother. Liam was the runner-up to Chris for the role of the Asgardian superhero, that has to mean Marvel saw some heroic qualities in the young actor. So far Liam is best known for a small role in Hunger Games, and for banging Miley Cyrus, his fiance. I believe he would leap at a chance to make his mark in Hollywood with his own big budget superhero film. It sure would create an interesting sibling rivalry.
2. TREVOR DONOVAN
"By the power of Greyskull!" - I consider this the Christopher Reeve/Brandon Routh pick of the list. Grab a relatively unknown actor that physically fits the part and has loads of talent, but minus the stardom. Someone that will be genuinely excited to have a chance at a starring role in a major franchise, like Masters of the Universe.. The general audience for the most part won't see him as anyone else but He-Man, which is a huge advantage. So far Trevor is best known for playing a gay character, Teddy Montgomery, on 90210. Even more recently he was considered a top contender for Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games' sequel, Catching Fire.
1. CHARLIE HUNNAM
If we use G.I. Joe: Retaliation as a guide to how casting will go, it seems pretty important that Jon M. Chu goes after a lead with star power, like he did with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. It was so important for him to land "The Rock", that he let him pick his role from a long list of G.I. Joe characters and adapted the script to fit his choice. So if Chu is looking for an actor that looks like He-Man, but also brings some star power that would be Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). Right now Charlie doesn't fit that last statement, but if we look one year, two years out he will. Charlie is the lead in Guillermo del Toro's much anticipated tent-pole, Pacific Rim. It's not out of the realm out possibility that Charlie will soar to the A-list category if Pacific Rim is a summer blockbuster.
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