5 Actors That Should Be Considered For Skeletor In Jon Chu's HE-MAN Movie

Who will play Skeletor in Jon Chu's Masters of the Universe? Nobody knows, but I present you with five actors that I think have the ability to portray Skeletor as the dastardly evil being that he is.

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By nailbiter111 - 1/15/2013


5. Idris Elba

Idris Elba is a fine actor, ask anyone that has seen him in the BBC1 detective show, Luthor, or as drug kingpin, Stringer Bell, in HBO's highly-acclaimed show, The Wire. While the British born actor has certainly done his fair share of dramatic roles, he has also featured a gift for comedy on NBC's The Office, and ability to do action, as one of the few bright spots in the thoroughly panned, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

So, why Idris? First off, we don't know how Skeletor is going to be put on screen. Is it going to be an actor covered in prosthetics? Or, will it be motion-capture like Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Either way, Skeletor will most likely be portrayed by an actor that has the ability to be very expressive with his voice, which is something Elba is quite capable of. His deep timbre is hypnotic, yet also capable driving a shiver down your spine with a sinister cackle. And best reason of all, who wouldn't want to see Idris unleash his rage with a ruthless villain like Skeletor? I know I sure would.


4. Jason Momoa

2011 should've been a big year for Jason Momoa. He starred as Conan in Conan the Barbarian and played Khal Drogo in HBO's hit television series, Game of Thrones. But after Conan flopped at the box office, and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he was returning to the role for his long overdue sequel, that nailed the coffin shut on any possibility of Momoa returning to the role. Also, his character in Game Thrones met his demise, and his career right now is hanging on by a thread with Sylvester Stallone's upcoming action film, Bullet to the Head.

So, why Momoa? First off, Momoa wasn't THAT bad as Conan. He was actually pretty good, but stuck in a film with a terrible script and surrounded by terrible supporting cast that seemed to be sleep walking through their lines. Is that all? No, Momoa has a quality that no other actor on this list has, and that is an impressive physical frame that would be able to match any actor that wins the role of He-Man. Think of all the money producers could save on CGI, or prosthetics for adding muscles, he'd need neither. Just shave his body and paint him blue.

He also has a booming voice, that could scare a flock of birds off a dumpster in a McDonald's parking lot. And let's face it, Momoa seems more fit for villain duty than the role of a hero.


3. Cillian Murphy

Why isn't Irish actor Cillian Murphy a bigger star yet? It baffles me, everything I see him in, I like. He has the ability to make small roles, seem big. Just look at his last two appearances as Dr. Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow) in the Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, or even better as Robert Fischer in another Nolan film, Inception.

But let's not forget his magnificent performance as Jim in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. His stardom began to rise shortly after that as audiences were captivated by his ability to go from a weak fragile victim coping with a zombie apocalypse, to a lean mean killing machine soaking with unbearable rage when confronted by human being that are more monstrous than the zombies. It's that ability to switch on a dime that adds so many layers to his character, but done in a genuine manor, which makes it all the more frightening.

While Murphy doesn't feature a large imposing frame like Momoa, he still has the ability demand your attention with a cold stare that is so intimidating that could make the Little Engine That Could pack up and go home. Director Jon Chu would be a lucky man if he was able to add an actor like Cillian Murphy to his cast.


2. Viggo Mortensen

Sure, most will only think of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Ring trilogy, but that would be a huge disservice to him and yourself. I've always considered him to be a pretty good actor, but when I saw him recently in 2009's The Road I was shocked at how much he has grown. Here was an actor that exuded so many feelings with the slightest body movements and with minimal dialogue. A man nearly crippled by malnutrition, with the weight of the world pressing upon his shoulders as he tried to keep himself and his son alive in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world that would literally chew you up for dinner.

I think his maturity and his ability to restrain his intensity would be ideal for Skeletor so that the character is not portrayed in a cartoonish manner. Yes the show was birthed from a toyline and nurtured through an animated series, but that doesn't mean Skeletor has to be silly. For me the most dangerous threat to Eternia should be just that, a threat.


1. Willem Dafoe

Let's face it, Willem Dafoe has a face that was made for Skeletor. Just look at those protruding cheek bones, it's like God spray painted on a thin layer of flesh. Think of all the time makeup artists could save working on that boney palette. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if the late great, Ray Harryhausen, considered Dafoe as a stop-motion skeleton warrior for Jason And The Argonauts.

Okay, so beyond having the "good" looks for Skeletor, why Dafoe? Because he has experience as a villain hiding behind gobs of makeup or a mask, while still being a powerful presence. I'm not a huge fan of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, but there is no doubt in my mind that Dafoe was an amazing Green Goblin. Where as most actors would've dimmed under that Power Ranger mask, Dafoe was able pull me in with his unique voice that seems to hiss like a cobra. The fact that Dafoe truly enjoyed playing the Green Goblin, chatting about the role with a childish glee makes me think that he could surely bring that same passion to Skeletor, and if so we'd be in for quite a treat.




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novaprime - 1/15/2013, 7:19 PM
1st and yea i like idris
novaprime - 1/15/2013, 7:21 PM
i feel idris hasnt gotten that big role yett like fox did with django, ray charles and collateral!! elbas great, i wish he wasnt heindall for he can take the place of a LUKE CAGE IN A SOLO SPIN OFF!!! SKELETOR WOULD BE GREAT FOR HIM!!
novaprime - 1/15/2013, 7:22 PM
I DONT LIKE CILIAN IN THE LIST, OR DEFOE AS THE # 1 CHOICE
AlexRival - 1/15/2013, 7:24 PM
It won't be prosthetics, it will be CGI
kooldeath - 1/15/2013, 7:24 PM
What about Hugo Weaving ? He did a great job as the Red Skull and he can be really evil.
nailbiter111 - 1/15/2013, 7:26 PM
kooldeath - for one, Hugo Weaving doesn't even want to do Red Skull anymore. Two, that's typecasting, he is a good actor, but he can't play ever villain, it gets tiresome for him and the viewer.
CrashTest - 1/15/2013, 7:29 PM
Hugo would be boss, I like Idris, he would be very interesting.
caveman - 1/15/2013, 7:29 PM
Or Nolan.
superbatspiderman - 1/15/2013, 7:30 PM
I gotta go with Willem dafoe. He is an amazing actor and he is already creepy so why not.
triplecero - 1/15/2013, 7:35 PM
I'm voting for any actor who has swing a sword as big as him like a chinese stick and also has a cold killer look, so Jason Momoa and Idris Elba are my choices, one for "Conan the Barbarian" and the other one for "Thor". And I'm letting Viggo Mortensen out because he's more as cold anti-hero than a villain.
Vital - 1/15/2013, 7:36 PM
All good choices. Good stuff nail.

@kool, really? What is it with people on this site and lazy casting lol? You want somebody who played literally a Red Skull to play Skeletor, another skull/skeleton lol? Just wow. You should probably keep that type of lazy ass casting picks to yourself lol. Or try harder, I mean, just a little bit, you could have named anyone else and it would have been less of a facepalm lol.
Vital - 1/15/2013, 7:38 PM
It's literally like choosing Jason Momoa to be He-Man cause he was Conan the Barbarian lol. Laziest type-casting pick ever lol.
sinister84 - 1/15/2013, 7:39 PM
good choices! agree!
Optimus83 - 1/15/2013, 7:41 PM


John Glover (Smallville) is a better choice. ...
SmellofDuty - 1/15/2013, 8:00 PM
Me!
DrDoom - 1/15/2013, 8:01 PM
ManOfSteel1013 is correct. Skeletor should be played by a voice actor.
gastitdk - 1/15/2013, 8:07 PM
I would love Joseph Gordon Levitt. Why? Because he is Joseph Gordon Levitt. And after Skeletor dies in the film, JGL becomes the new JGL that plays Skeletor
TankD - 1/15/2013, 8:08 PM
@nail I agree he even said hes just tired of playing the big roles. Ill count him out. But any of these actors playing skeletor haha your graspin dude.
Godzillafart - 1/15/2013, 8:08 PM
Does anyone expect this to be good? Does anyone think any of these guys would even consider the role? Not trying to be a jerk. Serious questions.
TankD - 1/15/2013, 8:12 PM
@ fart No and @ marvelpsycho that would be interesting but I doubt itl ever happen I dont doubt his chops though his character in GoT is flawless.
Billium3 - 1/15/2013, 8:14 PM
Before I even read this, DaFoe was my first choice. He's clearly the correct choice.
DrDoom - 1/15/2013, 8:14 PM
@Godzillafart

It could be great, given the right script.
DrDoom - 1/15/2013, 8:15 PM
Also what is a Green Gobline?
Optimus83 - 1/15/2013, 8:15 PM
thanks @Nomis
TankD - 1/15/2013, 8:17 PM
Christian kane for the xmen reboot and Michael Massee for osborn(just high hopes)
jessepostal - 1/15/2013, 8:18 PM
I think Ben Foster could give it some life
novaprime - 1/15/2013, 8:32 PM
DANIEL DAY LEWIS FOR SKELETOR!!!
CHRISTOPH WALTZ FOR REDSKULL IN A CAP 2 OR 3 RETURN!!
bazinga85 - 1/15/2013, 8:40 PM
@novaprime
Christoph Waltz is incredible, but not right for red skull...too short
monstalova - 1/15/2013, 8:45 PM
Nice choices!!
Frank Langellas Skeletor is my fav movie villain of all time
dracula - 1/15/2013, 8:53 PM
hugo weaving and ralph fiennes
greenmonkey - 1/15/2013, 9:13 PM
You've all got it wrong. The correct choice is Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead.
l0rdleg0las - 1/15/2013, 9:17 PM
Cillian for Star Lord!
Kevwebsz - 1/15/2013, 9:52 PM
Macaulay Culkin

TheSoulEater - 1/15/2013, 10:04 PM
How about none of those actors, since I actually like them and don't want them attached to this movie in anyway
pepe - 1/15/2013, 10:36 PM
Yeah... Macauly whatever whatshisname...
Durf - 1/15/2013, 11:27 PM
Good choices. I would go with Murphy or Dafoe. Seem the best to me

@Optimus83: Damn, that's some inspired casting dude! I would be down for him

@Nomis: Yeah Langella was pretty badass
ahhmynuts - 1/15/2013, 11:28 PM
patrick stewarts old ass lol
vanhelsing - 1/15/2013, 11:47 PM
my fav is viggo
mgeoff88 - 1/16/2013, 12:30 AM
Cillian Murphy is an incredible actor, but he isn't the right choice for Skeletor IMO.

I think Willem Dafoe would be the best choice on this list too. He has the perfect presence and voice for Skeletor.

@Optimus Wow, he is such a great choice! I wouldn't mind if John Glover played Skeletor at all!
GUNSMITH - 1/16/2013, 12:48 AM

I'D LOVE TO SEE A HUGE WITH NO EYES JUST LIKE THE CARTOON SKELETOR..SO I'D GO WITH JUST THE VOICE AND DEFOE IS A DEAD RINGER TO THE VOICE IN THE ICONIC CARTOONS..
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