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.
June is Pride Month, so I'm looking at some LGBTQ-oriented comics. This week we're focusing on Iceman, the founding X-Man who came out as gay back in 2015 and has since starred in a solo series written by Sina Grace with art by Allessandro Vitti and Robert Gill.
I've cast a movie version of that Iceman series without wondering too much about where it might fit into the future of the X-Men film franchise. I left out the younger time-displaced version of Bobby Drake, who would just complicate things, as well as most of the X-Men students and members of the Champions, because those could be their own editions of this column sooner or later.
Dan Amboyer as Iceman
Dan Amboyer (Younger) has the look you want for a superhero (in fact, when he played a small role as a pilot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, everyone assumed he'd turn out to be Hal Jordan). He's also a strong enough actor to guide us through Bobby's internal struggles throughout this story.
Jordan Gavaris as Judah
Jordan Gavaris is known almost exclusively for Orphan Black, but this would be a great opportunity for him to break out into other roles. Plus he'll make a great love interest for Bobby.
Mike Starr as Robert Drake Sr.
Mike Starr (Ed Wood) is great at the kind of gruff uncompromising demeanor that defines Bobby's problematic dad.
Laurie Metcalf as Madeline Drake
Laurie Metcalf is finally getting the widespread recognition she deserves for being such a great actress. I'd love to see her as Bobby's less-than-supportive mother.
Ellie Kendrick as Kitty Pryde
Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones) not only has the perfect look for the role, she can also combine youth with authority in a way that's essential to X-Men leader Kitty Pryde.
Adria Arjona as Michaela
Michaela turns out to be an impressive young woman despite her ridiculous super power (she can solidify her saliva). Adria Arjona (Emerald City, Pacific Rim: Uprising) can carry off that surprising heroism.
Roshon Fegan as Zach
Roshon Fegan (Greenleaf) is a musician as well as an actor, and he can bring some of that flashiness to the role of Zach, a good kid gone bad.
Godfrey Gao as Daken
Daken, Wolverine's amoral son, needs to be supernaturally charismatic and attractive. Godfrey Gao (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) is one of the few actors who can realistically pull that off.