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.
This week we're turning to a recent graphic novel by Kyle Starks. Kill Them All is a violent high-octane action thriller that also has no shortage of comedy. It focuses on a young woman with an unlikely name who is targeted by the criminal organization that raised her from childhood to be an assassin, all because she dumped her loser boyfriend and he lied to them that she was a snitch. She finds unlikely allies in a hard-drinking ex-cop and a nebbishy current cop. Together, the trio makes its way up a towering office building full of trained killers.
If you can't tell from that description, Kill Them All would make a fantastic movie. And I've put together just the cast for it.
Arden Cho as the Tiger's Daughter
Arden Cho (Teen Wolf) is a very likable actress with action experience, and playing the lead in this movie could take her career to the next level.
Keanu Reeves as Mason Iruka
Mason Iruka is, as he'll be the first to tell you, the ultimate stone cold badass. In this post-John Wick stage of his career, that's basically Keanu Reeves' specialty.
Aziz Ansari as Khan
Khan is the cop that other cops make fun of, but he turns out to be an invaluable ally. Aziz Ansari (Master of None) would bring his comedy chops and unique squirreliness to the role.
Joe Keery as Mark Newsmeyer
Joe Keery is a fan favorite on Stranger Things, where his character Steve gets a lot more likable in Season 2. But Keery still has what it takes to play a smug jerk like Mark.
Benjamin Bratt as Requin
Benjamin Bratt (Doctor Strange) can be likable one minute and scary the next, which will serve him well as sociopathic crime boss Requin.
Betty White as Baba Yaga
I don't know if Betty White (Golden Girls) can do a Russian accent (although I wouldn't be surprised if she can), but I know that a little old lady who curses like a sailor and frequently points guns at people is exactly in her wheelhouse.
Ricky Banderas as Matanza Jefe
I'm of the opinion that if you're looking for someone to play a luchador, your best bet is an actual luchador. Ricky Banderas is best known as the deadly Mil Muertes on Lucha Underground, and his impressive frame will look all the more striking in a gold mask and matching suit.
Alice Eve as Tammy
Tammy is a former assassin turned accountant, and Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into Darkness) would play well with that duality.
Garret Dillahunt as Gun Beard
This guy loves guns so much that it even makes the other hardened criminals uneasy. Garret Dillahunt (The Gifted) plays creepy obsessive weirdos better than just about anyone else.
Emma Roberts as Whispering Crane
Whispering Crane is a bit like a more cynical version of the Tiger's Daughter, which makes how things end between them even more interesting. Emma Roberts (Scream Queens) has a great expressive face that can capture that cynicism.
Michael Chiklis as Sargeant Miles
Michael Chiklis (The Shield) built his career playing cops, and he's still great at it. Miles is a uniquely awful sort of cop, and Chiklis is just the actor to get that across.