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Dream-Casting: CHEW

Featured and casting images by Brendan Graham.  Comic panels are property of Image Comics, Rob Guillory and John Layman.

CHEW is the fantastic series written by John Layman and superbly drawn by Rob Guillory. As the title page of the series often states:

Basically, he’s got a power that enables him to get a complete psychic history  of anything he consumes, past to the very present. Needless to say, when a case goes seriously wrong, and Tony must munch on a culprit in public to make sure they’re caught, he doesn’t really get much opportunity to explain himself, and gets booted from his local police force. Luckily, he’s recruited by an alternate version of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where his powers are put to proper use in stranger and stranger cases involving similarly powered individuals.

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It’s rare that while drafting a Dream-Casting, I think of one actor and am absolutely certain they’d fit the bill. Luckily I saw plenty of Ken Leung as Miles on Lost, a character that seems to be a prototype for Tony, with both sharing odd superhuman abilities and a lack of patience for their job partner’s relaxed approach to police work…

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John Colby, Tony’s partner in crime busting is a carefree, rather morality-loose character. While most of the FDA is fighting against the public consuming chicken (for reasons as yet unrevealed besides tenuous at best association to a killer avian flu outbreak in-story), Colby is more than okay with its consumption, as you can see by his character picture.

As for who should play him, I could think of few better picks than Bradley Cooper, a guy who pretty much got his start as well playing a similar character in the Hangover films. Phil was pretty much the troublestarter in the Wolf Pack, being the little nudge the other members of the group would need to have more fun (and trouble) than they originally bargained for.

 

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Initially, Savoy acts as Tony’s mentor, guiding him through the ins and outs of the FDA and the use of cibopathy (Tony’s food power, which Savoy shares). So, to properly cast Savoy, you need an actor known for playing intelligent, teaching roles. Who better than Frasier Crane? He’s got the intelligence and excellent vocabulary down, and has shown a new willingness to play more villainous characters. Personally, if either he gains a bit more muscle or the studio producing an adaptation decides to use either CGI or wire-work fight scenes, I think he’d be fantastic in the role. The only reason I don’t say he’d be perfect is because the actor who would be is dead, unfortunately

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Mike Applebee is the boss to Chu and Colby, and Savoy’s former boss. He’s abrasive, loud, a bit gross and constantly in denial of how to properly treat his employees. Sound a bit familiar? If you saw the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, this may sound a lot like J. Jonah Jameson, who was played spot-on by J.K. Simmons, so who else would be better than him to play the role? Now, this is not to say J.K. Simmons is the character, just that he’s great at playing that type of role.

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Now, Amelia Mintz was the toughest of the main group of characters to decide upon in my opinion. Amelia is a food reviewer for a local newspaper near Tony’s office with a power of her own; she can write so vividly about food that her readers can taste the very recipes themselves. This leads to very positive and negative reactions in her readership…

There are a lot of talented young actresses who have expressed a willingness to engage in quirky, out there comedies, but few seemed as open to it as Banks and Cuthbert.  Banks has played roles in several James Gunn projects, including Slither, showing she can handle being a part in a gory genre project, and Cuthbert has shown that she’s not afraid to do what it takes for comedy in roles like Alex in Happy Endings.

Most importantly in the role, you need someone who can portray a worldly, intelligent woman, and both fit this like a glove. In both interviews and the projects they’ve worked on, it is evident both women are very bright and can easily handle this role.

 

Hope you enjoyed my Dream-Casting picks for CHEW. Did you like what you saw? Any agreements or disagreements? Who would you like to see in the roles? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments!

Dream-Casting: Cowboy Bebop

This article was written by both CinematiChris and Phantomhour, contrary to the header. Just FYI.

While it may be considered a pretty obvious fact that we here at FFR love film, it may not also be well-known that one of our favorite side hobbies is to come up with our own personal Dream Casts for roles in films either being remade or have yet to be made. In our first, introductory gaze into Dream-Casting, we’re going to present to you, our loyal readers, our dream casts for a live action Cowboy Bebop film.

Spike Spiegel:

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Starting out our Dream-Casting out with the main member of the Bebop’s crew, and our favorite bounty hunter (sorry, Boba Fett), we unanimously thought that Joseph Gordon Levitt should play Spike. With a background playing tough guys, laid back slackers, and comedic roles that required him to be a bit goofy at times, he’s certainly got the chops to play the part. Hell, he’s even done neo-noir movies, one of the major influences of Bebop, when he played the lead in Brick.  He is also going to be in the new film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, so extra noir practice will be on his shoulders. He’s a fantastic fit.

Jet Black:

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The captain of the Bebop, and essentially the glue holding everything together, the actor playing Jet Black needs to be confident,  able to bark orders, and show he’s got a friendly, intelligent side. Black has also lived a life both inside and outside of the law, and shows dedication to his personal code of ethics and his pseudo-family, so an actor portraying him would need to do so as well. So, to represent our picks to play him, we chose Bryan Cranston and Idris Elba, both of which are guys that have extremely authoritative voices and can easily switch between being action hero types as well as father figures, as seen by some of their biggest works (Pacific Rim & Breaking Bad, respectively).

Faye Valentine:

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Contrary to her sultry and sexy appearance, Faye Valentine is in all actuality a hardcore tomboy. Born in our modern age, and frozen until the future Cowboy Bebop is set in, she’s basically Captain America for hetero men… with slightly less black and white morality. Okay, okay, she’s got a lot more wiggle room in the morality counter. That’s besides the point. She’s a complex character, with sex appeal, youth, and charisma, and we both couldn’t think of a better actress than newcomer Alexandra Dadarrio.

Ed:

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While Jet may be the muscle holding the body of the crew together, and Faye may be the soul searching for redemption, the androgynous Ed is certainly the brain. With her hyperactive personality and fondness for computer hacking, Ed opens up a lot of doors to the crew, and is often the caretaker/best friend to Ein, the crew’s resident corgi. So, the young actress playing her must clearly be able to act jubilant and hyperactive, as well as portray a computer super-genius. Out of our super-expansive knowledge of child actresses (read: very, very limited), we figured there were two really good candidates in Mackenzie Foy and Joey King. While Foy is relatively inexperienced, King has played a similar character in the Little China Girl in Oz the Great and Powerful, so it wouldn’t be too strenuous on her in our belief.

Vicious:

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It’s not very often that you see a villain that’s the strong, silent type. Vicious, is as his name suggests, a quiet, controlling, sadistic sociopath who happens to be skilled with a blade. We chose Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Felton, as very strong contenders for this role. Cumberbatch nailed the villain role before in Star Trek Into Darkness, and through his role in Sherlock, his character performances are quite stellar. Felton has grown to be quite the talented actor, from being Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter universe, we all know he can be a sly, slimy and thoughtful bad guy. Both of their ages match well with our Spike, though Felton looks slightly closer to JGL’s youthful appearance and they both would have excellent chemistry with our next casting choice.

Julia:

1940167_672674422788831_313730978_nJulia was a tough one to cast, just because she’s more of a reserved beauty, with a deeply intertwined past with both Spike and Vicious. It’s a tragic love story deeply rooted in traditional detective and noir flair. She’s a huge driving force in Spike’s past and present, both a painful and warm memory inside of his fragile emotional state of being. We went with Olivia Wilde because she’s proven to be a respectable and talented actress, and her performances in TV’s House M.D. and even Tron Legacy have shown a range of her abilities to tackle the emotional and the physical components of what makes the role of Julia a difficult one.

Do you agree? Would you cast anyone differently? Comment and let us know!