Remakes. Biographies. Comics to movies. Games to movies. Books to movies.
Let’s face it, there aren’t many completely new stories headed to theaters. This means by the time a movie hits production, fans already have an idea of what’s coming; and with that idea comes a mental image of the characters involved.
An exclamation from fans of “They cast who?!?!” can be the crowning glory or the kiss of death for a movie before the first scene is even shot. I was reminded of this while reading MJ’s thoughts on the numerous train wrecks that have resulted from film adaptions of Stephen King’s books.
I mean really – Molly Ringwald? WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!?!?!
I brought forth the potential for fun and games to the Powers That Be at Project Fandom (yes they exist). And now, with unlimited budget and no scheduling conflicts – we will give fans everywhere a place to tell casting agents the world over exactly how their jobs should be done.
To get the ball rolling – I have attempted to fantasy cast one of the greatest novels of our time. (Just accept this as truth – it will save us both a lot of time) Thankfully, Ben Affleck is on deck to give the world another chance at seeing The Stand the way it was meant to be seen (not horribly condensed for prime time network TV). A new Franny is ready to be born and will hopefully lack the smug lil whiny pouts of Ringwald.
I’d like to start with a truly Captain Obvious moment – THIS STORY HAS A SHIT TON OF CHARACTERS! I tried to narrow the casting lineup to those I felt most imperative to the story, but feel free to expand in your choices. I also found that “unlimited resources” do not prevent one from second guessing choices….
That said – here’s my dive into the deep end of the ocean. Feel free to chime in with opnions and other options!
Stuart Redman – THEN: Gary Sinise
Stuart Redman Now? – Viggo Mortensen
Frances Goldsmith – THEN: Molly Ringwald
Frances Goldsmith Now? – Jennifer Lawrence
Harold Lauder – THEN: Corin Nemec
Harold Lauder Now? – Casey Affleck
Glen Bateman – THEN: Ray Walston
Glen Bateman Now? – Hector Elizondo
Larry Underwood – THEN: Adam Storke
Larry Underwood Now? – Mark Wahlberg
Nadine Cross – THEN: Laura San Giacomo
Nadine Cross Now? – Emma Stone
Nick Andros – THEN: Rob Lowe
Nick Andros Now? – Joseph Gordon Levitt
Tom Cullen – THEN: Bill Fagerbakke
Tom Cullen Now? – Paul Bettany
Randall Flagg Then: Jamey Sheridan
Randall Flagg Now? – Tom Cruise