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The Stand Adaptation Casting Call

Posted in Fantasy Casting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by xymarla

With the news that Warner Bros. and CBS are teaming up to bring Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic The Stand to the big screen (a move that is unsurprisingly not sanctioned by King himself), you had to know this was coming, right? Welcome to my Fantasy Casting of The Stand Adaptation!

My love for King’s The Dark Tower series has been officially recorded in the annals of the internet (like, a lot), but my love for The Stand is also deep and abiding. There was a long period of my youth in which I read that novel every single summer break. It was a significant tradition for me to crack open my fat, worn paperback on the first day of freedom and delve into King’s “dark chest of wonders” with gusto. The Stand is prodigious, engaging and profound. It’s also horrifying and hilarious. I don’t believe that any one adaptation can grasp the depth and scope of this vast story, but I believe Hollywood can do a better job than the 1994 mini-series. Don’t get me wrong–I love the mini-series. I own it! And Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe are both perfectly cast as Stu and Nick, respectively. But the series is silly and cheap when it should be terrifying, and many of the other actors are miscast. I hardly think one two-hour feature film can deliver this monumental narrative, but hopefully The Powers That Be will turn it into a trilogy or at least a two-parter. That shit could melt our collective faces, y’all.

So let’s jump in! (I tried to keep this from being too spoilery for those who haven’t read the book. Also: READ THE BOOK.)

Stuart Redman (Stu):

Originally played to perfection by Gary Sinise, Stu’s an intelligent, taciturn East Texan man who is forced into an experimental lab after the government realizes he’s immune to the superflu. Stu makes his escape and, while mild and laidback,  eventually emerges as the leader of the survivors as they try to rebuild an approximation of society. Stu is wise and brave, the closest thing to a main character in this sprawling ensemble of characters.

Mischa Collins:

As Castiel on Supernatural, Collins has established that he has poise, charisma and major chops. He can play mild or intense, which is key for Stu, and Collins has a pleasant, everyman way about him. I think he could definitely stand out in the crowd of cast members this adaptation will necessitate. Continue reading

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2011 by xymarla

Yummy, sufficiently square-jawed British actor Henry Cavill has been cast as Zack Snyder’s Superman in the upcoming flick produced by Christopher Nolan. Cavill previously represented the hottest part of The Tudors as Charles Brandon. Hollywood can rest easy: I approve.

Now that The Dark Tower series adaptation is allegedly taking off, Hollywood is turning its eye to another epic Stephen King property, The Stand.  Warner Bros. are planning to adapt the film onto the big screen, unlike the lovably shitty 90s mini-series. This will need to be made into at least two movies, I believe.

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In related news, Javier Bardem has officially been offered the part of Roland in The Dark Tower series. Bardem’s a fiercely talented, duly craggy actor, so I’m pleased. I’d be pleased-er if Bardem turned down the role and then it went to Viggo, but we can’t get everything we want, can we? Check out my Dark Tower casting call: Round One (the main ka-tet), Round Two (the allies) and Round Three (the villains). You can also read my thorough predictions for the upcoming adaptation here.

Bardem has also been offered the villain’s role in the latest Bond film, should MGM get its shit together and that movie ever actually happens. Bardem was also recently nominated for an Oscar and just had a baby with the brain-searingly hot Penelope Cruz, so he’s officially having the Best Week Ever. Continue reading