Jurassic Park and The Lost World fancast
First and foremost this is the first article I have ever done. Although this book is not a comic book I felt the need to share my thoughts on it. Thank you for your time.
Jurassic Park was one of my favorite movies until I read the book, after reading it, I realized that the books put the movies to shame. So if they were to remake these and followed the books closely, it would basically give it a solid R rating.
Kiefer Sutherland as Dr. Alan Grant (Jurassic Park, The Lost World - cameo)
In the novel, Alan Grant is described as a barrel-chested, bearded man with a strong affinity for children, especially ones interested in dinosaurs. In the second novel, he makes only one appearance, proposing a theory that the Tyrannosaurus rex could not function in rainy climates and writing off fellow paleontologist Richard Levine's questions about rumors surrounding InGen cloning dinosaurs as "absurd".While Sam Neill did a decent job playing the role, I felt we needed someone a little younger to portray the character. I chose Keifer Sutherland because of how awesome he is and how great it would be to see him in a movie again as the hero. As we all know and have seen from 24 and other shows/movis he has ever done, he is an incredible actor and the perfect choice for the role in my opinion.
other choices: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman
Robert Downey Jr as Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park, The Lost World)
The character of Ian Malcolm functions as the "ironic commentator inside the story who talks about the action as it takes place". He is also a mathematician. In my honest opinion after watching the movies so many times, it felt like it started to get old listening to Jeff Goldblum talk and not have the best acting (the only decent movie I liked him in was Independence Day). While on the other hand, Robert Downey Jr., who is a talented actor and carry humor in a movie when he he is allowed to while at the same time do action sequences. I felt after wacthing several of his movies, that he could actually pull off the mathematician.
other choices: none
Emma Stone as Ellie Sattler (Jurassic Park)
Ellie Sattler is a graduate student studying under Dr. Alan Grant who specializes in paleobotany and is from Montana. The problem I had with Jurassic Park movie was that they combined a lot of Ellie Sattler with another character istead of showing the other character. Nothing against the actress that played her, it was just the way she was portrayed. I chose Emma Stone because after watching her performance in the Amazing Spiderman, I thought she was the only one to pull this character off.
other choices: Jennifer Lawrence
Kevin Costner as John Hammond (Jurassic Park)
While the movie portrayed by Sir Richard Attenborough as a gentle kind man, the book portrays him as a cold, eccentric CEO interested only in making a profit and succeeding in creating dinosaurs.He is also one of the primary antagonists of the novel. He is the owner of Jurassic Park and founder of InGen. Kevin Costner is one of my favorite actors in hollywood in our generations movies. While many of Costners movie have him play as the good guy, the one that stood out to me was his portrayal of Devil Anse Hatfield who was a stubborn man, and he played that part well.
other choices for the role: Michael Caine, William Hurt, Jeff Bridges, Jon Voight
Dr. Marty Guitierrez is one of the only characters that never made it into the movies and that upset me because he was one of my favorite characters. He is an American biologist who lives in Costa Rica. He plays an expository role in both novels. In the first novel, he identifies an unknown lizard that attacks a little girl as Basiliscus amoratus. He is initially unhappy with this identification because the lizard was more poisonous than expected and had three toes. He searches the beach where the she was attacked and finds the corpse of a similar lizard in the mouth of a howler monkey, which he promptly sends to the laboratory for tropical diseases at Columbia University in New York for further study.
In the second novel, he finds and shows Richard Levine a dried up corpse of an unknown creature, oddly similar to the ones found prior to the Jurassic Park incident. He informs Levine that no one knows where these creatures are coming from.
I chose Ewan McGregor to play the part because during my teen years he was one of my favorite actors (still is, I just havent seen him in a movie lately, last one being The Island). Honestly he looks like he could play a doctor and is actually really good at acting in my opinion.
other choices: Christian Bale, Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberpatch, Jude Law
Lex and Tim Murphy (Jurassic Park)
While the movie portrayed them as older girl younger boy, the book presented them the other way around, which was very upsetting to see. I couldnt think of anyone to play these roles as everyone is growing up. If you have a suggestion please share it.
Hugo Weaving as Dr. Lewis Dodgeson (Jurassic Park, The Lost World)
Dr. Dodgeson was probably the most poorly used character in the movies. according to the books he is the antagonist of the Jurassic Park series and one of the few characters that appears in both novels. He is also an ambitious scientist who is unafraid to make aggressive moves generally considered unethical to get what he wants, saying that he "won't be held back by regulations made for lesser souls".[lw 1] Dodgson works for Biosyn, a company that rivals Hammond's and has a far spottier scientific reputation. Dodgson is described in the novels as more of a salesman than a scientist, and someone who specializes in both reverse-engineering and the adulteration/theft of the work of others. He hopes to get his hands on Hammond's technology in order to create dinosaurs of his own. He and his company seek to clone dinosaurs not as an attraction, but as potential test subjects for laboratory applications. He is portrayed as cold, ruthless and impatient. During the first novel, Dodgson hires Dennis Nedry to steal dinosaur embryos for his company, but the plot fails. In the sequel novel, Dodgson is much more ambitious and takes a team to Isla Sorna in an attempt to collect fertilized dinosaur eggs. Dodgson and his team, unconcerned with the dangers of these animals, are quickly killed.I chose Hugo Weaving because of how well he can play the bad guy (Captain America, The Matrix Trilogy etc), and could pull off this character quite well.
other choices: Michael Shannon, Benedict Cumberpatch, Michael Fassbender
Denzel Washington as John "Ray" Arnold (Jurassic Park)
John Arnold is Jurassic Park's chief engineer, running the main control center from the visitor center. He is described as a thin, chain-smoking man and a chronic worrier. A gifted systems engineer, Arnold had designed weapons for the U.S. military and later worked at several different theme parks and zoos before joining the Jurassic Park team. He was a grudgingly optimistic man, who maintained total faith in the computer systems and continued to believe that despite the setbacks, things would work out in the end. When Dennis Nedry locks them out of the system, Arnold, after much persuasion by Donald Gennaro, shuts off all power to the park and resets the computer-control systems. After turning the power back on, he believes the problem has been solved, when it has actually been made worse. By shutting down the main power grid, he turned off several systems that were unaffected by Nedry's lockout, including the Velociraptor paddock. He realizes his mistake many hours later, and volunteers to go outside and restore power to the main generator. Before he is able to, however, he is killed by an escaped Velociraptor.
While Samuel L. Jackson's portrayal was good, I believe Denzel could pull off this role better, due to his performances that he has shown in his past movies.
other choices: Cuba Gooding Jr, Don Cheadle
Clark Gregg as Donald Gennaro (Jurassic Park)
Donald Gennaro is the attorney sent on behalf of Jurassic Park's investors to investigate the safety of the park after several reports of missing or dead workers.He was portrayed as someone who was short, muscular man and represents an "everyman" personality among the characters.Though he is initially worried only about disappointing his supervisors, he soon drops this when his life is threatened, focusing on survival instead.
In the movie, Donald Gennaro was portrayed with the negative aspects of Ed Regis and John Hammond and resulted in having someone who was cowardly, greedy, mean-spirited, and often worried about everything.
I chose Clark Gregg because of his role of Agent Phil Coulson in the Avengers and other Marvel movies, as described above he fits the role perfectly.
other choices: none
Liam Neeson as Dr. Gerry Harding (Jurassic Park)
Dr. Gerald (Gerry) Harding is Jurassic Park's chief veterinarian. Formerly a bird expert for a major zoo, he accepted the job because he wanted to become famous for being the first person to write up zoo guidelines for the care of dinosaurs. When the group first encounters him, he is looking after a sick stegosaur. With the help of Ellie Sattler, he finds the source of the animal's sickness and is able to treat it. Being the only doctor on the island, he is the one who treats Malcolm after he is attacked by the tyrannosaur. He is attacked by a Velociraptor during the assault on the visitor's center, but ultimately survives his time on the island. Though it is not addressed directly in either of the books, Michael Crichton later revealed that Sarah Harding is Gerry's daughter.
Although casted in several fan roles everywhere online, I believe Liam Neeson should make some sort of appearance in a movie like this. To me, for some reason, it seemed like this was the only role that he seemed to fit in, and he would make a great cameo appearance in the second one with Sarah Harding, where he "threatens" Ian Malcolm to bring his daughter back safe or dont back at all type scenario which would be funny to watch.
other choices: none
Daniel Craig as Robert Muldoon (Jurassic Park)
Robert Muldoon is Jurassic Park's game warden. Described as a burly man about fifty years of age with deep blue eyes and a steel gray mustache, Muldoon is a former wildlife hunter who had worked with Hammond on one of his previous parks in Kenya. He has experience working with dangerous animals and has a unique view of the dinosaurs. While most people are mystified by the creatures, Muldoon holds a realistic, unromantic view of the animals from his experience working with other dangerous predators. Muldoon is one of the few people who is truly aware of the potential danger that would be present if the dinosaurs ever escaped,saying "raptors are smart. Very smart. Believe me, all the problems we have so far are nothing compared with what we'd have if the raptors ever got out of their holding pen." He firmly believes that these animals should be destroyed, and constantly urges Hammond to get more, better weapons in case of an emergency. Hammond ignores these warnings and in one scene calls Muldoon a drunk. He spends most of the novel riding around the park, usually with Gennaro, attempting to restore order. He is later attacked by a pack of Velociraptors, but survives by wedging himself into a pipe. He manages to kill a few of them, and eventually escapes the island with the other survivors.
I really like Daniel Craig for his roles of James Bond and Cowboys and Aliens. I believe that he could do a role like this since he is big into action movies that involve a lot of shooting.
other choices: Nicolas Cage, Jason Statham, Kiefer Sutherland, Sam Worthington
Jack Black as Dennis Nedry (Jurassic Park)
Dennis Nedry is one of the novel's human antagonists. He is described as an obese, messy computer scientist. Nedry, Hammond's step-son, works for Hammond as the system's programmer and is in charge of networking Jurassic Park's computers. Though he was not given any details about InGen's operation, Nedry was expected to fix numerous bugs and issues without knowing the ultimate goal. He feels left out of the loop and doesn't feel like he is respected or paid enough for the very essential job he does. This leads him to make a deal with Dodgson of Biosyn to steal several dinosaur embryos for $1.5 million. In order to do this, he shuts down the park's security systems, including several electric fences surrounding select dinosaur paddocks. He intended to steal embryos from a secure lab, drive them through the park to a waiting agent at the dock, and return to his post before being noticed. Though it was only meant to be temporary, he crashes his Jeep and is subsequently blinded and killed by a Dilophosaurus. Though his pride in his knowledge of complex computer systems made him feel more important than the other workers, Tim is later able to easily navigate the system in order to restore power to the visitor's center.
Yes, yes, I know, he's a comedian and considered a horrible actor according to the world, but hear me out, the reason I chose him was because of some movies that he did that really impressed me such as King Kong and Enemy of the State, both of which are my favorites. So I have confidence that he can do it.
other choices: none
Jet Li as Dr. Henry Wu (Jurassic Park)
Dr. Henry Wu is a character in the first novel. Dr. Wu is the chief geneticist in Jurassic Park and head of the team that created the dinosaurs. He was a child prodigy, gaining early attention from his undergraduate thesis at MIT. Though he is the one that brings the dinosaurs to life, he demonstrates little concern for the animals, to the extent that he can't even remember exactly what species he has created. He proposes genetically altering the dinosaurs, not to improve them, but to make them more manageable, but could not get Hammond's approval. When he is later presented with the fact that the dinosaurs have been breeding, essentially proving that he had failed to engineer them properly, he mistook it as a "tremendous validation of his work". In the novel, he is killed during the assault on the visitor's center when a Velociraptor jumps down onto him from the center's roof.
Jet Li was the only choice I had because I dont watch much of the other actors who are chinese or of Hong Kong origin and felt he was better useful than Jackie Chan for this type of role.
other choices: none
Aaron Eckhart as Ed Regis (Jurassic Park)
Ed Regis was another character left out of the series and actually had an interesting role. But instead of using him that combined him with Ellie Sattler and Donald Gennaro. Ed Regis is a publicist for InGen. Regis is often given odd jobs by Hammond that are beyond his area of expertise, such as escorting a wounded worker to a Costa Rican hospital and acting as a babysitter for Lex and Tim during their visit to the park. Despite being overconfident about the park and almost negligent about the accidents that have been occurring, fear overtakes him quickly as things begin to go wrong. When the Tyrannosaurus breaks free of its pen, he abandons the tour vehicle, leaving Lex and Tim behind. After hiding between some boulders, he tries to make his way back up to the cars but is pounced upon and ripped apart by a juvenile Tyrannosaurus. His severed leg is later discovered by Gennaro and Muldoon as they investigate the attack.
I chose Aaron Eckhart because he can fit pretty much any role given to him in my opinion.
other choices: none
The Lost World:
Edward Norton as Richard Levine (The Lost World)
Richard Levine is one of the world's most brilliant and richest paleontologists. Dr. Marty Guitierrez seems to be his only real friend, though he eventually forms a delicate relationship with Ian Malcolm. Levine's egotism and spontaneous personality prove to be a source of constant irritation to the rest of his colleagues, mainly Malcolm. The children, Arby Benton and Kelly Curtis, however, look up to him, causing him to develop a paternal attitude towards them.Levine originally intended to travel to Isla Sorna as part of Malcolm's team, but, instead, heads out on his own before the Costa Rican government has a chance to destroy the island. When the rest of his team arrives, they find themselves constantly running after him when he decides to continue his research regardless of what else is happening around him. Though he is bitten twice by compies, he ultimately escapes the island without major harm.
other choices: none
Willem Dafoe as Jack "Doc" Thorne (The Lost World)
Jack "Doc" Thorne is a materials engineer who specializes in building field equipment, vehicles, and weaponry for scientists all over the world. He is an eclectic mix of character traits, relying on both practical expertise and Eastern philosophy, claiming that one needs to know philosophy and history to succeed in engineering. His company, Mobile Field Systems, is hired by Richard Levine to outfit his expedition to study the dinosaur population on Isla Sorna. Thorne's contribution to Levine's mission includes a large research trailer, nicknamed "The Challenger", an electric SUV, a motor bike, a pair of Lindstradt air rifles, and a modified satellite phone. When Levine goes missing on the island, Thorne ends up heading to Isla Sorna with Ian Malcolm and Eddie Carr to retrieve him. On the island, Thorne ends up saving his friends multiple times, and ends up surviving his time on the island.
I chose Willem Dafoe not only because I liked him but because he is an impressive actor (Spiderman, The Hunter). If given the chance, I know he will do fantastic as the bad ass of the group.
other choices: Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Lawrence Fishbourne
Kevin Spacey as Eddie Carr (The Lost World)
Eddie Carr is the group's field equipment expert. He is added to the team sent to the island because the vehicles he designed had not been field-tested. Eddie is frightened by Isla Sorna and wants nothing more than to retrieve Richard Levine and get off the island as soon as possible. He has a slightly antagonistic relationship with Ian Malcolm, who does not like that Carr's world is so heavily influenced by unreliable electronics. He is eventually killed by a pack of raptors while fighting them off with an iron pipe. Kevin Spacey became my choice for this character because of few roles I have seen him do and thought he would fit well in this part.
other choices: Tom Hardy, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Strong
Kelly Curtis-Malcolm and R.B. "Arby" Benton (The Lost World)
Kelly Malcolm and Arby Benton were another two pair that were friends. Kelly being the daughter of Ian Malcolm and Arby being her younger black best friend.I couldnt think of anyone to play these roles as everyone is growing up. If you have a suggestion please share it.
Natalie Portman as Dr. Sarah Harding (The Lost World)
Dr. Sarah Harding is an animal behaviorist who specializes in African predators. She is intelligent and rugged, and employs common sense and practicality in dangerous situations, putting the safety of her colleagues first. Her calm, skilled personality permits her to quickly take command of the group and devise ways for them to survive and escape the island. She and Ian Malcolm were in a relationship for a period, where, at one point, she claimed she was in love with him. The relationship didn't work out, though they still remained close friends. She is idolized by Kelly who sees her as tough and smart. Though it doesn't say in either the films or the novels, Michael Crichton confirmed that she was Dr. Gerry Harding's daughter.
Natalie Portman is a beautiful, talented actress. In most movies today, we always see the guys take all the fame and glory for everything, and the women are always in the background as the world expects to view of women. but in reality women are tough, smart and all out attractive. While Natalie Portman fulfills all these qualities, I believe she could pull off a role like this after watching her in the movie Brothers.
other choices: Kiera Knightely
Elijah Wood as Howard King (The Lost World)
Howard King is an assistant to Lewis Dodgson. Once a successful biologist employed by Biosyn, he lost credibility when his research on blood-coagulation factors failed. Dodgson hired King as his assistant in the reverse engineering department. He is divorced and has one child, who he sees only on weekends. In the novel, he accompanies Dodgson to the island, but they separate when they fail to retrieve eggs from a Tyrannosaurus nest. King eventually begins to disagree with Dodgson's dark desires, relieved when he sees his beaten body. Eventually, he is killed by Velociraptors while trying to escape from a field.
Although Elijah Wood has played a lot of good guys in all his movies, I think this would be a good chance to see him play as one of the bad guys for a change.
other choices: Shia Labeouf, Daniel Radcliffe, William Moseley
Cillian Murphy as George Baselton (The Lost World)
George Baselton is Stanford University's Professor of Biology and assistant to Lewis Dodgson. It is his job to keep Dodgson and Biosyn in the clear, no matter what happens. When he and Dodgson are trying to steal tyrannosaur eggs, the sonic device Dodgson is using to keep the parent Tyrannosaurs at bay becomes unplugged. Both men stand absolutely still, falsely believing the dinosaurs' vision is based on movement. The Tyrannosaurs subsequently kill him.
Cillian Murphy is just brilliant at everything he does, especially as one of the bad guys. And since this character is one of the bad guys, I think he would do really well in this role.
other choices: Josh Duhamel, Johnny Depp
Joseph Gordon Levitt as Diego (Tour Guide) (The Lost World)
Diego is Levine's guide on Isla Sorna. He is a young, enthusiastic Costa Rican who went to the island several times as a boy and knows the land better than anyone else. He does not believe there are dinosaurs there and, even when Levine warns him to be quiet, he simply says that they have nothing to fear. He seems to annoy Levine many times, not only through his insistence that only birds live on the island, but also through disobeying his orders to refrain from using items like cigarettes while on Isla Sorna. Diego is killed when he is ambushed by a Carnotaurus while he and Levine watch a Mussaurus in total awe.
While Joseph Gordon Levitt is not Costa Rican, I believe that whoever the director would be, would be able to alter his appearance to look like one as the director did with Robert Downey Jr in Tropic Thunder. He is also a really great actor that can do really well in a film like this.
other choices: none
Orlando Bloom as Ed James (The Lost World)
Ed James was hired by Dodgson shortly after the events in the first novel to get information from the survivors of the Isla Nublar incident. After following Richard Levine around for a while, he learns the location of Isla Sorna, which he then reports to Dodgson. He does not accompany either team to Isla Sorna.
While many hate Orlando Bloom, I find him to be a pretty good actor with a lot of potential in his later in his career. I really liked him in the Lord of the Rings and the first Pirates of the Caribbean and I would really like to see him tackle an anti-hero/anti-bad guy type of role.
other choices: none
Well thats my fancast. let me know what you think of it in the comments below.
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