Who Would You Cast? Mass Effect The Movie
August 23rd, 2012
A Mass Effect movie has long been rumored to be in the works, and there’s been a lot of speculation as to the casting of it. There are an extensive number of characters in the three games, so naturally there are a lot of spots to fill. Here is a look at our cast list for a Mass Effect movie.
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Eric Bana as Commander Shepard
The role of Commander Shepard requires an actor who can play a true leader, meaning someone who is bold and not afraid to send himself and his team into dangerous situations. Eric Bana would be an excellent choice, as he has played a leader on both ends of the morality spectrum (which is important, since that is a huge part of Mass Effect), from the villainous Nero in Star Trek to Hector, Prince of Troy.
Lena Heady as Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams comes from a military background. As such, it was only natural that she would sign up as soon as she got the chance. She’s a bold, tough, no-nonsense kind of gal, so you need an actress for this role who can play these sorts of characters. Calling Lena Heady, who has done just that, including Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Queen Gorgo in 300.
Brandon Routh as Kaidan Alenko
Kaidan Alenko is Shepard’s bro (or more than bro, depending on what romantic path you chose). He’s got your back, even willing to sacrifice his own life for the good of the mission. Brandon Routh would make a good Kaidan Alenko – they even kinda look alike (it’s the eyebrows).
Seth Green as Jeff “Joker” Moreau
Joker earned his nickname because he’s always quick to crack a joke, even in the most inappropriate of times. Seeing that Seth Green has voiced the character for all three games, he deserves to be the live-action version.
Keith David as David Anderson
Jeremy Renner as Garrus Vakarian
If you’re going to cast a sniper, you very well wanna consider Jeremy Renner – you might say the guy has a bit of a HAWKEYE for that sort of thing. Get it? Cause he played Hawkeye in The Avengers? But yeah, Renner would make a great Garrus.
Olivia Wilde as Liara T’Soni
Liara T’Soni is shy, nerdy and a bit awkward, though very compassionate. She spent the majority of her life studying ancient Prothean technology and culture, and finds some of the weirdest things interesting. Olivia Wilde would be a good choice for this role, as she’s no stranger to the sci-fi action genre.
Ron Perlman as Urdnot Wrex
The thing about the Krogan is they’re fierce, fearless and always gunnin’ for a fight. Ron Perlman’s deep vocals and affinity for tough-as-nails characters makes him a really good choice for the role of Wrex. Plus, he’d be used to wearing a huge amount of make-up, thanks to Hellboy (playing a Krogan would require a lot of make-up, you guys).
Summer Glau as Tali
Tali is sort of a fish-out-of-water aboard the Normandy, finding discomfort in her surroundings at first, slowly growing to get used to things. Plus, her people, the Quarians, are discriminated against by the other races in the galaxy. Summer Glau is no stranger to playing characters that others are suspicious of. Remember River from Firefly? Yeah, that was Summer.
Yvonne Strahovski as Miranda Lawson
Miranda Lawson was genetically engineered to be perfect in every way. So when the game creators were looking for someone to model this character after, they chose Yvonne Strahovski, both as the body and the voice. They must have had a reason for doing so, because we’ve also casted her to play the live-action equivalent.
Tyrese Gibson as Jacob Taylor
Tyrese Gibson has played a number of action roles in movies, most notably in the Transformers and The Fast and The Furious sagas. Jacob Taylor is a role that would require the same high octane energy that Gibson has been bringing to the big screen, thus making him a perfect fit for the role.
David Hyde Pierce as Mordin Solus
Intelligent with an almost robotic personality, Mordin Solus can sometimes be more of an annoyance than a help (in the game, you’re often presented with the option of interrupting Solus’ trains of thought, asking him to “get to the point”). David Hyde Pierce is one of the few actors who would have the ability to keep pace with Mordin’s fast-talking dialogue while maintaining an intellectual persona.
Ellen Page as Jack
Ellen Page has a knack for playing quirky characters who can kick a little ass, like she did in Super. She’d really be able to let loose in the role of Jack, a young woman who is out for revenge against the people who kidnapped her at a young age. Page could definitely pull this off.
Neal McDonough as Grunt
A young and hot-headed Krogan, Grunt is a super Krogan who exemplifies the best traits of his species. That means that he’s all about violence and has a serious bloodlust. Neal McDonough, who many might recognize as “Dum Dum” Dugan from Captain America, would be a good fit for the role, as he’s got the whole bad-ass action guy going on.
Zachary Quinto as Thane Krios
Deeply spiritual, yet a deadly killer, Thane Krios is a role most suited towards Zachary Quinto. It would be the perfect melding of two characters he’s played before: Sylar (Heroes), a cold-blooded killer who is oddly deep on a philosophical level, and Spock (Star Trek) who is intellectual though distant.
Maggie Q as Samara
Maggie Q is quite the action star, playing the title character in the remake of Nikita, and appearing in such films as Live Free or Die Hard and Mission: Impossible III. She’d be a good fit for Samara, who is no stranger to adventure and excitement herself.
D.C. Douglas as Legion
Lucy Liu as Kasumi Goto
Kasumi Goto is the master thief of Shepard’s team, and relies more on stealth and deception rather than combat to complete her missions. Lucy Liu would do a great job with a character like this, having played these deceptive and sneaky characters before.
Jason Statham as Zaeed Massani
Sure, Jason Statham is a bit young to be playing the scarred-up, war-torn bounty hunter, but that’s why movies have a make-up department. Zaeed’s bad-ass attitude would be perfectly captured in Statham’s performance, who has played these sorts of characters time and time again to great success.
Jim Parrack as James Vega
James Vega is actually voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., but he looks a lot like Jim Parrack (True Blood). Jim Parrack has kicked alien butt before in a little movie called Battle: Los Angeles, so just chalk that up to necessary experience for the character.
Tricia Helfer as EDI
In Mass Effect 2, EDI is just a voice (done by Tricia Helfer). But when the third game roles around, she gets a body, which allows her to kick serious ass. Tricia Helfer is well-known for her role as Cylon Number Six from Battlestar Galactica, which not only means she’s played a synthetic being before, but she’s also got the sex appeal to pull of EDI as she appears in Mass Effect 3.
Carolyn Seymour as Dr. Karin Chakwas
Martin Sheen as The Illusive Man
Carrie-Anne Moss as Aria T’Loak
Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Trilogy) provided the voice of Omega’s ruler. Moss has proven time and time again that she can fight, and embodies the right attitude for, not just Aria’s voice, but her looks as well.
Jessica Chobot as Diana Allers
Video game correspondent Jessica Chobot was both the voice and model for reporter Diana Allers. While her role in a motion picture would most likely get downplayed in comparison to the video game, a cameo from Miss Allers would be a definite fan-pleaser.