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.