Cast Party: Who Should Star in a ‘Forever People’ Movie?
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. This week we’re returning to Jack Kirby‘s Fourth World, for the next chapter in my imaginary film series, The Forever People.
The Wachowski sisters will obviously return again to direct, with Michael Ironside, Ron Perlman, and Zeljko Ivanek will reprise their roles as Darkseid, Highfather, and Desaad respectively. This time, however, the focus will be on a group of young runaways from New Genesis who escape to Earth on the run from the minions of Darkseid who are pursuing the cosmic secrets hidden in Beautiful Dreamer's head. If you've read the "Happyland" story arc, you know there's going to be some creepy stuff in this movie, but the light of youth will triumph over ancient evil, just like Kirby would have wanted.
Since there were three Fourth World series, I initially envisioned Forever People as the final part of a trilogy. But to properly wrap up the saga, we'd probably need a fourth movie to do some of what The Hunger Dogs graphic novel did, in wrapping up Kirby's story with a final confrontation between Orion and Darkseid. I probably won't dedicate a column to that movie, however, since this edition pretty much completes the saga's central cast.
Gomez has the perfect youthful look for Dreamer, and she brings a little star power to the table.
Iacono has a great smile and a unique charisma that will bring some personality to Moonrider.
Wilds has displayed a lot range between The Wire and 902010, and I think he has what it takes to play DC Comics' first black superhero.
Big Bear is the powerhouse of the team, but he's also a gentle, fun-loving guy. Ludwig has the look and the likability to pull it off.
I usually try to avoid casting actors just so they can repeat previous performances, but Ehrenreich was so good as a naive young cowboy in Hail, Caesar that I can't pretend I don't want to see him do it again.
A stoic superhero with a flawless look and no discernible personality? Roman Reigns, meet the part you were born to play.
Godfrey is by far the most culturally relevant Fourth World villain, a leader who convinces his followers that the evil he's leading them into is all in the name of good. Branagh is great at this kind of insidious charisma.
This isn't a tough one. Mantis is creepy. Del Toro does creepy well. This is how I cast a lot of villains to be honest.