FLASH GORDON Reboot?

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  1. Johnny Rico

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    I heard rumors a while back that a Flash Gordon reboot film was in the works. If so, I thought I'd throw out my Casting Wish List...(and this is my attempt at using current actors to mimic the cast from the 1980 film.

    OK, here goes:

    Flash Gordon: Chris Hemsworth (Yes, I know, he's in everything now, but so what...looks enough like Sam Jones to me.)

    Dr. Hans Zarkov: A full-bearded Ben Afleck. (Hey, why not?)

    Dale Arden: Megan Fox

    Ming the Merciless: Ben Kingsley or Tom Hardy

    Princess Aura: Mila Kunis

    Prince Vultan: Gerald Butler

    Prince Barin: Clive Owen

    Klytus: William Dafoe

    Prince of Ardentia: (minor roll) Peter Mensah (messenger in '300')

    Kala: Lena Headey

    Vultan's right hand man: Charlie Hunnam


    What do you all think?
     
  2. CorporalCaptain

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    I think that I'd rather this thread had been about news of an actual reboot.
     
  3. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Zarkov: Edward James Olmos
     
  4. Johnny Rico

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    I can see that, but he's too old now, isn't he? He's 67 now, plus he really doesn't look the part.
     
  5. sojourner

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    Coming from the guy that suggested Affleck.

    Flash: Chris Evans
    Dale: :shrug:
    Zarkov: Eddie Izzard
    Ming: Liam Neeson
    Prince Baron: Michael Fassbender (my "go to" actor for any fantasy casting right now)
    Vultan: Nicholas Cage
    Aura: Olivia Wilde
     
  6. Saga

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    aside from Cage that would be a great cast. not sure who i would pick for Dale either. certainly not Megan Fox.
     
  7. sojourner

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    Are you kidding? Nic Cage is perfect for such an over the top part. He's one of the few people I can see pulling off, "Hawkmen! DIIIIVE!!!!"
     
  8. Marc

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    Could he pull off "Gordon's Alive?" though?
     
  9. Guy Gardener

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    Ming the Merciless: Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    Flash Gordon: Chad Michael Murray

    Dr. Hans Zarkov: John Rhys Davies

    Dale Arden: Cassidy Freeman

    Princess Aura: Emma Watson

    Prince Vultan: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

    Prince Barin: Lee Pace.
     
  10. sojourner

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    With David Lynch directing?
     
  11. Guy Gardener

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    If David is directing, then he's also playing Klytus.
     
  12. Nightowl1701

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    My reboot would be much like the Alex Ross comic Zeitgeist - mixing the best elements of the 1980 film with the original 1930's comics, adding a huge fx budget (hence a not-quite-all-star cast) and keeping at least the Queen theme to go with the epic Howard Shore score (who better? After all, the LOTR composer did it with Queen the first time)...

    Flash Gordon: Channing Tatum
    Dale Arden: Lizzy Caplan
    Hans Zarkov: Alex Veadov
    Ming the Merciless: John Turturro
    Princess Aura: Renee Olstead
    Prince Barin of the Treemen: Luke Evans
    Prince Vultan of the Hawkmen: Gerard Butler
    Prince Thun of the Lionmen: Daniel Bryan
    King Kala of the Sharkmen: John Cena
    Queen Fria of Frigia: Sarah Gadon
    Klytus: Guy Pearce
    General Ziva (Kala in the 1980 movie): Noomi Rapace
     
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  13. Morpheus 02

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    Thank you, Nightowl1701, for including Thun....my favorite from the 80's cartoon & the movie serials.

    i'd like to see a few thigns switched up...like maybe having either Dale or even Flash not be white.

    With Ming...i hate to go back to ethnic stereotype...but Byron Mann pulled off a great charismatic leader in Man with The Iron Fists...so he'd be good as Ming, i think.

    isn;t there a queen of Frigia? It'd be funny/interesting if someone ethnic did whiteface fo rit. (But i guess no one might care...Jesse Rath's been doing it on Defiance).
     
  14. Nightowl1701

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    Figured I had to save something for the sequel, but okay, Fria's in too. :)
     
  15. Guy Gardener

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    I had a change of Heart.

    Ming the Merciless:
    Laurence Fishburn.

    Flash Gordon: Mehcad Brooks

    Dr. Hans Zarkov: Jaleel White

    Dale Arden: Dana Davis

    Princess Aura: Rihanna

    Prince Vultan: Idris Elba

    Prince Barin: D.B. Woodside

    Klytus: Joe Morton

    General Ziva (Kala in the 1980 movie): Lisa Bonet.

    ...

    To make this list I had to enter the phrase "Large black Men" into Google.
     
  16. BigJake

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    You people are way overthinking this.

    Just cast Eddie Murphy. Have him play all the parts. Or split 'em up between him and Jack Black. BOOM. Done.
     
  17. RJDiogenes

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    This was kind of hard, especially since I watch more movies from the 1930s than I do from the 21st century. It was hard for me to think of a blond heroic kind of actor. The guy who plays Jason on True Blood is hot and blond, but his character is such an idiot that it's tough to imagine him as Flash. Same with Chris Pine. The obvious choice is Chris Evans, but he's already played two heroic types. So for Flash I had to give a dark-haired actor a dye job. Zarkov and Ming were also tough, because they also require very specific ethnic types. So here's what I got:

    Flash - Jensen Ackles
    Dale - Seychelle Gabriel
    Zarkov - Saul Rubinek (or maybe Christopher Heyerdahl)
    Ming - Daniel Dae Kim (or maybe Naveen Andrews)
    Aura - Anna Silk
    Barin - Sam Witwer
    Vultan - John Rhys-Davies
     
  18. Guy Gardener

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    Ryan Kwanten who plays Jason in true Blood: Not America.

    Australian would you believe?
     
  19. RJDiogenes

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    Australians can't be heroes?
     
  20. 2takesfrakes

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    I think the idea of rebooting FLASH GORDON ... is cool. It lends itself very easily to even more of the kind of fun and excitement the STAR TREK reboots have given us.