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Cast Party: Who Should Star In An OMAC Movie? [Sci-Fi Week]

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Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.

Sci-Fi Week is ending on ComicsAlliance, but I couldn’t resist doing one more special Cast Party. This time I’m focusing on one of DC’s all-time greatest sci-fi comics, Jack Kirby‘s OMAC.

OMAC stands for One Man Army Corps, and he used to be a regular guy named Buddy Blank, until a satellite named Brother Eye empowered him to become a mohawk-wearing superhero. This transformation is entirely according to the plans of the Global Peace Agency, who want to use OMAC as their agent in thwarting the schemes of people too evil to fit into their utopian future.

There’s a darkness built into the premise, however. When Blank becomes OMAC, his previous identity is basically destroyed, and as he goes on missions for the GPA, he must question who he is and whether anyone has his best interests at heart. An OMAC movie should be huge colorful sci-fi action on the surface, with a little bit of Philip K. Dick style existential angst just under the surface.


Edwin Hodge as OMAC

 

 

 
DC/TNT
DC/TNT

Hodge has emerged from the Purge movies as a promising action star in need of a vehicle, and he’ll look great with a mohawk and sideburns. Nerd him up and hide his muscles, and he can be Buddy Blank too.

Marc Maron as Brother Eye

 

 

 
DC/IFC
DC/IFC

I just like the idea of Brother Eye being a little neurotic. After all, he’s the one who constantly reminds OMAC of the things he needs to be worried about. You could go a lot ways with Brother Eye’s voice, but I think Maron would make it funny without getting in the way of the movie.

Stanley Tucci as Professor Forest

 

 

 
DC/Marvel
DC/Marvel

This is my only bit of stunt casting, hanging a lampshade on the intentional similarities between OMAC’s origin and Captain America’s. But Tucci’s such a great actor, he’ll bring something totally different to this part.

A Diverse Array Of Performers as The Global Peace Agency

 

 

 
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The idea of the GPA is that they appear as faceless figures so that they’ll be viewed as outside of race and nationality. For the movie, I’d want to take that much farther. Every time you see one of these characters, they’ll speak in a different voice, a different accent, even a different language (with subtitles). They’ll also be unreadable along gender lines as well.

Alexandra Daddario as Lila

 

 

 
DC/Lionsgate
DC/Lionsgate

Daddario has those great Meg Foster eyes, where you don’t have to put contacts on her or anything, and when she’s revealed to be an android, the audience will say, “Oh, that explains the eyes.”

Ian McKellan as Mr. Big

 

 

 
DC/Miramax
DC/Miramax

McKellan has played his share of warm and likable figures, but I really love him when he’s being nasty.

Titus Welliver as Kafka

 

 

 
DC/Amazon
DC/Amazon

Welliver’s Bosch now, but he pays a great villain, and with a beard he’ll look just like this guy.

Garret Dillahunt as Dr. Skuba

 

 

 
DC/FX
DC/FX

I’ve probably said this before, but nobody does creepy like Dillahunt. Give him some makeup to accentuate that creepiness to play this barely human scientist.

Cara Delevingne as Seaweed

 

 

 
DC/EuropaCorp
DC/EuropaCorp

Despite Suicide Squad‘s many problems, I continue to want to see Delevingne in movies, and to think she has something to bring to what would otherwise be generic “hot evil girl” characters.

Austin Butler as Apollo

 

 

 
DC/CW
DC/CW

Butler can definitely embody Apollo’s eerie, surfer-haired perfection.

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