Casting Call
Five Actors Who Should Be the Universal Monsters

Firefilm | 16 Dec 2015 19:00
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In this series, we speculate on what actors would be the perfect choice to play an upcoming character, or what type of character a particular actor is best suited for. Feel free to unilaterally agree with all our picks voice your opinion in the comments!

In the wake of the Civil War trailer and the newest Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, there's been an exponentially growing pressure on other studios to nail down this "shared cinematic universe" concept. While Fox can't get their Fantastic Four off the ground to unite with the X-Men, Sony has recently scrapped their laughable plans for a Spider-Man Universe that would have given us an Aunt May origin movie. But Universal Studios has some older assets that haven't been touched for the requisite amount of time: the classic Universal monsters.

And sure enough this week we've had word that Sofia Boutella, the kick-ass henchwoman from Kingsman: The Secret Service among other things, is in talks to take the title role in The Mummy, opposite Tom Cruise as the adventure hero and taking place in present-day.

This sounds a little exciting. Maybe this can work. Okay, your mileage may vary on these ideas they are going with, but if the monsters are coming to the present day and they will hopefully be interacting with each other, that begs the question: who shall portray them all? We obviously won't have a Boris Karloff playing half of them this time around...

Zachary Levi - Guardians of the Galaxy premiere - July 2014 (cropped)


I'm still sad that Joe Johnston's film from a few years back never found an audience. Because Benicio Del Toro was a great fit for a moody, gothic take on the character. But for this new, adventure-oriented franchise being put together, we need someone with some action chops as well as an ability to portray painful transformation (not just physically, but emotionally).

I think Levi can pull it off great. His recent work on "Heroes Reborn" as a cold, vengeful killer is a stark contrast to the affable nerd on "Chuck" or his goofball thief from Tangled. The transformation and becoming haunted by what he does as the werewolf, we could watch a good man go dark until a team-up shows him how to use his curse. He's this universe's Hulk, a bit.

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