The Casting Call: Mass Effect
This month’s casting call will be a bit interesting. The game Mass Effect took the world by storm when it came out toward the end of the first decade of the new millennium. With part two already in the rearview mirror, and the third and final installment seemingly around the corner, there was an announcement at this past San Diego Comic-Con that a film was in the works. Now we here at GameDynamo don’t presume that we know more than the producers slated to make this movie, but we feel we would be remiss if we didn’t put our two cents into the casting jar. That’s not all, you see Mass Effect offers a bit of a conundrum when it comes to the casting, where there is a mix of both human and alien characters to consider. There is also the idea that Shepard, the star of the show, could be either male or female. So, without further explanation, we’re going to dive right in and try to cover all our bases.
Starring in Mass Effect the movie is:
Shepard (Male): Jim Caviezel
Jim Caviezel might be most famous for his role as Jesus Christ in Passion of the Christ, but check him out in the promos for his new series Person of Interest; he fits in quite nicely as a man of action. Early reports mention that the film will be solely based on the first game and not on any of the books or other media that fills out the Mass Effect universe. Caviezel is a very convincing actor who is just the right age to be a seasoned veteran and leader of men.
Shepard (Female): Angie Harmon
The Rizzoli & Isles star is as tough as she is beautiful, with a torchy voice and a take-no-crap demeanor. I think she would be perfect if they made Shepard a female. You might remember her as the tough and dedicated district attorney on Law & Order, as well as an apparent stint on Baywatch Nights (which we won’t hold against her). Even though they will likely put a male in this role, it would be awesome if they made the bold choice of putting a woman in the lead.
Ashley: Katherine Heigl
This was a close call, because I was thinking of Ashley Judd for the longest, but I figured that Heigl might do better with the physical stuff, and she's a bit younger. That’s only important in the sense that she would likely be Caviezel’s love interest. Heigl has shown that she can do all kinds of roles from the dramatic to the funny and back again. It doesn’t hurt that she’s very easy on the eyes. There is something about Ashley’s level of determination that makes you like her as a character. In fact, she’s one of my favorite video game characters of all time. I think she would be in good hands with Ms. Heigl.
Kaiden: Jason Statham
This is obviously not a cosmetic choice as Statham looks nothing like Kaiden. However, this would be an action movie and I think we would need an action hero in the mix. Statham is a fine actor who can convincingly shoot guns and beat people to the floor. He also works and plays well with an ensemble cast. What this movie needs is a graduate from the Bad Ass Academy and Statham graduated with honors.
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