Dream Casting: Clue

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Aug 24, 2017

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.

Clue is an IDW comic by Paul Allor and Nelson Daniel, based on the classic board game. Of course that board game has been adapted before, most memorably as the cult classic 1985 movie Clue, starring Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, and a bunch of other amazingly talented people.

With so many properties from the past being revisited in recent years, a new Clue movie certainly sounds like something that could happen. But remaking the previous movie would be a disaster, because you could never measure up to it. Adapting Allor and Daniel's comic would be much more interesting, as they're taking the basic story of the board game in a whole new direction.

The comic version of Clue is set in the present and features some characters who are clearly based on real people, although those real-world resonances don't dominate the story. And while it's often funny, this Clue is less of an outright comedy and more of a twisty conspiracy story ... though it's still set in a mansion and features a butler, guests, and no shortage of murder.

Peter Capaldi as Upton

Capaldi's time on Doctor Who is coming to an end, and while he was a great Doctor, I'm ready to see him playing all different kinds of roles again. He'll have a lot of fun as Upton, the butler who knows exactly what's going on but chooses not to share.

Dennis Haysbert as Colonel Mustard

Haysbert (Incorporated) is great at speaking and acting with a strong sense of authority, which is perfect for a respected military man who's full of secrets.

Bella Heathcote as Miss Scarlett

Heathcote (The Neon Demon) definitely has the looks and the accent to play an Australian pop star. I'm not sure if she has any actual musical ability, but Miss Scarlett is based on Iggy Azalea, so I'm not so sure she does either.

Maulik Pancholy as Professor Plum

Best known for his role on 30 Rock, Pancholy has certainly played his share of nerds. Plum takes nerdery to a whole other level, constantly spouting irrelevant facts. I have faith in Pancholy to make that funny.

Natalie Morales as Senator White

The Parks and Recreation and The Grinder alum would be perfect for the role of the power-hungry politician.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Mr. Green

Mr. Green is directly based on Martin Shkreli, and while Levitt (Snowden) is himself very likable, he can definitely do a great job playing a smug jerk.

Kathy Bates as Mrs. Peacock

Mrs. Peacock doesn't get much to do in this story, but Kathy Bates (American Horror Story) is one of those performers who can do something great with any little thing you give her.

Sandrine Holt as Dr. Orchid

Holt (House of Cards) tends to play roles that focus on intelligence and competence, and medical researcher Dr. Orchid certainly fits that bill.

Katherine Moennig as Detective Amarillo

Moennig (Ray Donovan) can more than handle the tough-as-nails cop thing, and frankly she's also just an extremely charismatic actress who should really be in more stuff.

Lavell Crawford as Detective Ochre

As he amply displayed as Huell on Breaking Bad, Crawford combines a uniquely intimidating physical presence with a great sense of comedic timing, which will make him a perfect Ochre.