[LAEM] Pick the cast...

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Postby backseatjesus » Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:37 am

If Patrick Wolf can act, he'd be perfect for kaworu.

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Postby Timstuff » Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:53 am

The other day I was watching Slumdog Millionaire, and I couldn't keep the thought out of my head that Dev Patel might make a good Toji. He's a really good actor and has got loads of charm, and I could easily see him as a brash but likable basketball jock. He's also 6' 1", which would keep the height dynamic between him and Shinji if they got Anton Yelchin to play the latter (Yelchin is 5' 9"). And if my number 1 choice for director, Danny Boyle somehow gets to helm this thing (yeah, I can dream, right?), it doesn't seem so far fetched that he'd get Patel involved since Patel helped nab him an Oscar. :)

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So, for now my Evangelion dream cast stands as follows:

Shinji: Anton Yelchin
Gendo: Hugh Laurie
Fuyutsuki: Morgan Freeman
Toji: Dev Patel

I'm not sure who I'd cast as Rei since there aren't very many known Asian actresses in the West who'd fit the part. Chances are she'll be an unknown or semi-unknown from Canada since that's where all of our young Asian Actresses seem to come from these days. However, it might be cool if they could get a known actress from Japan to play her. I wish I knew if Aya Ueto could speak English...

Then there's Asuka and Misato... I've heard people mention Ellen Page for Asuka, but honestly I don't see it-- she's just not "glam" enough. She's cute, but she's not really the kind of head turner that Asuka is supposed to be. As for Misato, the only two names that spring to mind right now are Evangeline Lily and Grace Park, although I'd have to research a lot more candidates before I'd definitively throw my support behind anyone for either character (although I can at least say that I don't want Ellen Page).

As for Kaworu, I think that the movie should interpret him as being a blond haired, blue-eyed Nordic kid who embodies the stereotypical "angelic" look of western art. He should be so pretty that all the girls swoon when they see him, while the guys will simultaneously want to beat him up (just like the anime version, hehehe).
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Postby backseatjesus » Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:12 am

Christina Hendricks for Misato. ALL THE WAY!
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Oh, and here's Patrick Wolf
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Postby Timstuff » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:56 am

Eh, not really seeing Misato in Hendricks, and besides, we wouldn't want to toss another redhead in there to steal Asuka's thunder, would we? :wink:

Also, is Patrick Wolf even an actor? I can't seem to find him on IMDB, and besides that, he looks a bit too "high maintenance" to be Kaworu. Kaworu is supposed to be a pretty boy, but not a full-blown metro.
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Postby Fast Tony DeNiro » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:55 am

Timstuff wrote:Then there's Asuka and Misato... I've heard people mention Ellen Page for Asuka, but honestly I don't see it-- she's just not "glam" enough. She's cute, but she's not really the kind of head turner that Asuka is supposed to be.


Haha I just mentioned Ellen Page for Asuka in a different thread. I thought I was onto something new, I didn't realize the idea had already been thrown around....dang.

I think she could do it from an acting standpoint, but I agree with you on the "head turner" part.

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Postby Reichu » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:59 pm

Timstuff wrote:I highly doubt that they will have White people playing "Japanese characters," (snip)

Okay, so let me get this straight. Even though you LAEM enthusiasts are constantly proposing

(Japanese character): (random whitey actor)

there is this tacit acknowledgment among you that the random whitey actors will NOT, in fact, be playing Japanese characters, but whitey characters BASED on Japanese ones?

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Postby Timstuff » Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:41 pm

Well, by those standards Samuel L. Jackson wasn't really playing Nick Fury in Iron Man, but rather a character based on Nick Fury who has the same name. If you ask me though, Nick Fury is still Nick Fury whether he's black or white, and Sam Jackson is perfect actor to play him.

The "westernized" Eva characters will be different versions of the characters, yes, but being Westernized does not make them different characters. I do not believe that a character's identity is tied directly to their race or nationality, because it's all about their personality and how they interact with the plot and other characters.
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Postby Reichu » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:19 pm

I think I was mostly asking whether or not the tacit acknowledgment was that the names would be changed to Anglo ones.

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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:19 pm

Going by the history of crappy adaptations of Japanese movies by Hollywood, I expect no different than characters like Ray Whatsherface and Kate Rose.

Timstuff wrote:If you ask me though, Nick Fury is still Nick Fury whether he's black or white, and Sam Jackson is perfect actor to play him.
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Postby Timstuff » Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:02 am

Today, Lyndsy Fonseca caught my eye, and I noticed she might be a good candidate for Asuka. She's mostly a TV actress and hasn't really had a breakthrough role, so she's a fresh face. At 22, she's got enough of "teh sexy" to keep the big boys interested, while simultaneously having enough "teen-ish" quality to her that she'd still be believable as a high school teen (unlike Megan Fox in Transformers). I haven't seen enough of her work to give her my full endorsement, but I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for her.

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She'd also be quite the looker with red hair (even if it's just shooped).

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Postby chee » Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:49 pm

So I was watching this Japanese flick called "All About Lily Chou-Chou", , and it's about this meek teenage boy with feminine features who listens to his headphones while spacing out a lot and doesn't stand up for himself much and WAIT WHAT THE FUCK

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WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE








Also, the director's name is Shunji Iwai.
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Postby Orphan Of Darkness » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:05 am

too lazy to read this whole thread so sorry if any of these have been said.


Ellen Page as Rei or maybe Asuka.

Kate Beckinsale as Misato.

Judi Dench as Keel.

Kate Winslet as Ritsuko.

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Fuyutski.

Alan Rickman as a Seele member.


and just cuz, Michael C Scott as Aoba.
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Postby StevieC » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:55 pm

Hoffman's not thin enough to be Fuyutsuki.

While I've said in the past that Hugo Weaving should be Gendo, I'm now going to say it's a tossup between Hugo Weaving and Hugh Laurie.

Fuyutsuki is a tossup between Sam Neill, Sir Ian MacKellan, and Liam Neeson (leaning towards Neeson)

Michael Riley as Kaji
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Not sure who else to suggest right now though

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Postby backseatjesus » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:13 pm

The obvious choice for Kaji is Johnny Depp. Why? Because he's hip, cool, and every 13 year olds fantasy.

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Postby Sharaz Destler » Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:27 am

Doug Jones as most if not all of the Angels.
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Postby Timstuff » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:07 am

Doug Jones should provide mo-cap for the berserk Evas. :thumbsup:

Kaji: BAG (aka Brian Austin Green)

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Keel: Brian Cox

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Some possible Misato candidates:

Evangeline Lily

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Rachel McAdams

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Michelle Monaghan

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Postby Sharaz Destler » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:08 pm

Right, I just remembered who I wanted, if I haven't said it before:

Malcolm McDowell as Kiel.

By the way, is there any way to get an actual Bosnian actor to play Shinji? :leekspin:
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Postby Guyver Spawn » Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:12 pm

I think Jeff Goldblum should have a role in the movie. I think he would be perfect to play as Gendo maybe.
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Postby cambaprecoz » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:26 pm

Robin William's face structure is pretty similar to Keel Loren's.
And if this ever gets made, be sure to hear about him trying to land a role in it!
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