Doctor Strange Fan Cast Re-Cast
An MCott62094 fan cast to the sorcerer supreme. This is a re-cast to my original, with casting boo-boos fixed. Casting mistakes are re-cast and dual casts are down to one actor.
Hello all of out there. MCott62094 here again. Rather than bringing you a new fan cast, I am doing a re-cast. Some of you may remember my fan cast to Doctor Strange. With this re-cast, I have:
*Correcting some of my casting choices (particularly Baron Mordo)
*My dual casts (Doctor Strange, Dormammu, Umar) have all been "corrected" (I don't really have a better term for it) so that there is one actor cast in the role.
*Other than that it's the same for the most part.
So I'll start off with:
Stan Lee in one of his Marvel film cameos
Stan Lee always makes a cameo in Marvel films (most of the time, I don't remember seeing him in Ghost Rider or Punisher.) I think in this one, he would be a patient at the hospital where Strange works.
As Strange walks down the hall, A beautiful young hot blonde nurse runs by him with Lee in pursuit. He stops and turns to strange and says, "Never too old to have a bit of fun." And laughs before resuming his chase.
Stephen Strange/ Doctor Strange/ The Sorcerer Supreme: James Franco
Also considered: Jon Hamm
When I gave my original dual cast choice of Jon Hamm or James Franco, most of you said you preferred Franco to Hamm. What pleased me is that you guys had said that you didn't hate Hamm, you liked Hamm, but that you liked Franco more.
Giving it some thought, I realized I like Franco more too. He's shown us that he's a versatile actor with an amazing range. From screwball comedies (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) to heart wrenching dramas (127 Hours). Also, Franco is noticeably younger than the other actors I considered, which I think helps. at the beginning, Strange is arrogant and cocky, and those traits come with youth.
Now thinking about it, if it actually happened, this choice is sort of reminiscent of Chris Evans going from Fantastic Four to Captain America.
Wong: Jay Chou
Also Considered: Jet Li
I have nothing against Jet Li, he's an amazing actor and martial artists. But 1, I felt he was too old for Wong considering Franco is Strange and 2, this is just me, but I don't see him doing a comic book movie.
Jay Chou is an international star, probably most famous in the US for two movies. The action comedy comic book movie The Green Hornet and the Chinese foreign film Curse of the Golden Flower. In both he's played very different characters. In Hornet, Chou's character was a tough, no no-nonsense sidekick. Whereas in flower, he was the noble son of two royals. Like Franco, Chou has displayed versatility.
The Ancient One: Chow Yun-Fat
Also Considered: Jet Li
This choice is overdone, I know. But there's a reason it's overdone; it's a good choice. For the Ancient One, I wanted someone who was actually Chinese, which is why I ultimately didn't cast Watanabe or Chiba. Li, I felt didn't have the right energy for the role. And I started thinking Hong could do great, but I realized that he's mostly done comedies for the later part of his career, so I couldn't really see it.
My only concern is that I haven't seen Chow Yun-Fat play a role where he was a mentor (not to say he hasn't, I just haven't seen it).
Clea: Eva Green
Also Considered: Abbie Cornish
This would mark Eva's fourth time (if this film happened) playing a sorceress, and her second time playing a good sorceress. Her previous sorceress roles were Serefina in The Golden Compass, Morganna in the starz series Camelot, and Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows. Eva is immeasurably beautiful and captivating, and that's also what Clea is.
Eternity: voiced by Christopher Lee
Also Considered: James Earl Jones
Sir Ian McKellen
In my original cast, Eternity was voiced by Ian McKellen. I still like that choice, but there is that deep, powerful element to Lee's voice which ultimately sold me on Lee voicing the personification of the entire universe.
Nightmare: Robert Carlyle
Also Considered: Willem DaFore
Jackie Earle Haley
This choice is partially based on the series Once Upon a Tim and partially based on Carlyle's acting ability. In the show, Carlyle plays Rumpelstiltskin, the deranged deal-maker and sorcerer. His mere name inspires fear into the characters, and that's what Nightmare should be capable of. Carlyle has played creepy characters before like the shade Durza in the box office failure Eragon (while it was a bad movie, Carlyle was really good).
Based on who Nightmare is and what he does, I considered Haley or Englund as a sort of tribute to them playing Freddy Kruger (Englund in the original Elm Street series and Haley in the remake), but ultimately decided on Carlyle.
Baron Mordo: Russell Crowe
Also Considered: Jean Reno
You all made it clear in my last fan cast that you did not like Josh Brolin for this part. Some of you said Javier Bardem. The only problem is, I AM UNFAMILIAR WITH HIS WORK. I know No Country for Old Men, but I haven't seen it. So, he may be a good choice, but I can't say.
Butler and Farell have both played PHENOMENAL antagonists before. Butler in Law Abiding Citizen and Farell in Fright Night. But it just didn't feel right casting them. Nothing about them or the characters they've played said "sorcerer" to me.
I chose Crowe also because he is slightly older (Crowe is 48 to Franco's 34). Mordo was training long before Strange showed up. But the Ancient One ultimately chooses Strange to be Sorcerer Supreme. So I felt if you had someone who was older, and trained far longer than Strange, it would make the rejection and desire for revenge that more powerful.
Satannish: Voice and motion capture by Doug Jones
Also Considered: Steven Blum
What ultimately set me on Jones, is that if it were Hamill or Blum who got the role, it would be a voice role while the character was done with CG. Personally, I like mo cap to CG. With CG, the actor can add the motions to his or her voice, and that helps it to feel more real. Jones is sort of notorious for playing movie creatures, which also sold me on this choice.
Dormammu: Danny Huston
Also Considered: Ron Perlman
It's the Stannish argument all over again. With Dormammu, I wanted someone who could do motion capture, rather than voice and CG. Huston is a great actor. Some of you may give me grief because of X-Men Origins: Wolverine or some of you may praise me because of 30 Days of Night. What ultimately sold me on Huston was an underrated film called The Warrior's Way. I couldn't find clips of Huston's performance, but maybe the trailer will convince you to go and find it to watch.
Umar: Lana Parrilla
Also Considered: Julianne Moore
Kristin Bauer Van Stratten
Helena Bonham Carter
I only briefly considered Julianne because she is cast to play Margret White in the remake of Stephen King's Carrie. But, because we don't know what's she's going to be like and because she hasn't played any sinister roles, the choice was completely dropped.
When it came down to it, it was ultimately a choice between Lana and Helena. Umar has to have a certain level of sex appeal, and both Helena and Lana have it. I ultimately chose Lana because the type of evil she plays is more mentally stable than Helena's.
Examples of why Lana is good for this role:
Shuma-Gorath: Clancy Brown
Also Considered: None
Brown has a phenomenal voice. He's notable for playing sinister characters such as the Kurgan in Highlander or voicing Parallax in Green Lantern. It was his voicing Parallax that made this choice. While the GL film wasn't good, Brown's Parallax was great, and the way Parallax was portrayed, I saw similarities between it and Shuma-Gorath.
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