FAN CAST: Dead Space!

FAN CAST: Dead Space!

My picks for who I would cast in the game's movie adaptation as well as everything anyone who hasnt played the game needs to know!

THE PLOT: Set in the far future, Earth's appetite for natural resources has become a major motivator for deep space exploration. Immense, privately-owned and operated mining ships called "planetcrackers" orbit planets and use sophisticated equipment to carve out entire city-sized chunks of rock, reducing them to component elements and raw ore. When communications go dead on-board the USG Ishimura, a famous planetcracker -- systems engineer Isaac Clarke -- is sent in to fix the problem. Once on-board the vessel, Isaac discovers that the crew has unearthed an ancient and malevolent alien presence far beneath the planet's surface and brought it on-board. Weaponless, alone and terrified, this lone engineer is burdened with much more than simple survival -- he must seal the alien horror back into the dark rock.


Isaac Clarke
The main character and protagonist of the game. Isaac is a ship system specialist and an engineer traveling aboard the shuttle Kellion to investigate and repair the USG Ishimura. Accompanied by three security personnel and a computer specialist they are thrust into the middle of the nightmare that the USG Ishimura has become. Clarke is also trying to find his girlfriend, Nicole, a medical specialist assigned to the ship, whose fate is unknown at the start of the game.



During the course of the game, the character of Isaac never speaks or shows his face (until the very last few moments) However, for a movie adaptation it's pretty obvious that the lead character WILL talk and will more than likely be a big name star - that is why I have chosen, Kiefer Sutherland.

Kendra Daniels
Kendra is a technologist and part of the team sent aboard the Ishimura to repair communication systems. She helps the player through the Ishimura in many ways, giving directions and assisting through areas of the ship that would otherwise be inaccessible. She frequently expresses distrust of Hammond, but turns out to know more about the situation than anyone previously thought.


Both the voice and likeness of Kendre is supplied by actress Tonantzin Carmelo. She is best known for her performance in, 'Into the West' (for which she was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries) For this reason, I think it would be good if she were to keep the role for the film.

Zach Hammond
The senior security officer on board the Kellion who travels with both Isaac and Kendra to the Ishimura. Hammond's initial desire to complete the original mission and not immediately abort puts him at odds with Kendra, who finds this suspicious. Throughout the game, he works to fulfill their original mission, but as time goes on, he becomes more disillusioned and focuses instead on getting himself and the rest of the surviving team off the ship.


Actor Peter Mensah supplied both his voice and likeness for the game. He has appeared in numerous films, most notably 300, The Incredible Hulk and Avatar as well as appearances in television shows such as Star Trek: Enterprise. Again as with Carmelo his performance in the game was very good and as an experienced actor there is no reason wy he couldnt also appear in the film.

Dr. Challus Mercer
A doctor aboard the USG Ishimura, a devout Unitologist and one of the main antagonists of Dead Space. In the wake of the calamity that has gripped the Ishimura, Mercer has become a religious fanatic, attempting to convince the crew of the Ishimura to commit mass suicide. Mercer often works to bar the progress of Isaac and even attempts to kill him outright.


Again, actor Navid Negahban lent his voice and likeness to the game. As his performance in the game was actually one of THE stand out moments I think it would again be perfect if he also returned to the role. His previous TV credits include hit TV shows like 'Lost' '24' 'The Shield' 'The Unit' and Law & Order: SVU'.

Doctor Terrence Kyne
The Chief Science Officer of the Ishimura who appears later in the game and asks for help from the surviving members of the Kellion team. He seems to be a bit eccentric, perhaps deranged, but offers to aid Isaac in stopping the nightmare that has gripped the Aegis System and the Ishimura.


Keith Szarabajka lent his voice and likeness to the game. As with Negahban, his performance in the game was a stand out moment. If he could give that good a performance with just his voice, I think that he would be even better in the live action movie. He has appeared in several sci-fi TV shows such as 'Angel' and 'The X-Files' but might be best known by CBM fans for the role of Detective Stephens in the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight.

Nicole Brennan - Isaac's girlfriend and a medical specialist assigned to the Ishimura. The game starts with a video from Nicole, asking for help after the ship's infestation, establishing one of Clarke's reasons for coming to the Ishimura. He both sees and hears her as he moves through the ship and she repeatedly asks Isaac to "make us whole again."


The characters voice and likeness is provided by 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' actress Iyari Limon. However, I think that as this character plays a larger role (appearing frequently in messages and hallucinations throughout the game) than most of the other characters who are only seen between levels, that it would be better to have a more recognisable actress for the part which is why I have chosen the beautiful Kristen Bell.

THE VILLAINS: The major threats of Dead Space are a species of violent aliens known as "Necromorphs", most of which are human corpses that have been reanimated by a strange alien microbe. Throughout the game, Isaac uses his tools as weapons killing these creatures by cutting off their limbs. Here's a little of what you can hopefully expect to see...


THE END! I hope that fans of the game enjoyed this and for those who havent played the game, I hope this was useful in getting you up to speed with what you can expect from the movie!
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