Dream Casting: Madman

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Jan 11, 2018

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.

Written and drawn by Mike Allred, with colors by Laura Allred, Madman is a classic indie comic of the 1990s that still makes an impact (and occasionally scores a revival) today. It follows Frank Einstein, a young man who's been revived from the dead with no memories and hides his Frankenstein-esque visage behind a mask, becoming something a bit like a superhero. The Allreds mix emotional realism with an absurd Pop Art world full of beatniks, aliens, robots, and mad scientists. For all the influence it's had on comics that followed, nothing has ever matched the tone and style of Madman.

Robert Rodriguez has talked about making a Madman movie for years, and he'd be a great choice for the job. Whoever makes it, the movie should be just as jazzy and colorful as the comic; realism shouldn't be the goal, but relatable characters should.

Nicholas Hoult as Frank Einstein

Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse) has done his share of genre work, including spending time under various prosthetics. If anyone can play the intensely likable Frankenstein monster that is Madman, it's him.

Alia Shawkat as Joe Lombard

Frank's love interest, Joe, is a mix of freckles, tomboy style, and endearing sincerity. Basically, she's a perfect role for Alia Shawkat (Search Party).

Paul Giamatti as Dr. Boiffard

The role of Dr. Boiffard, who resurrected Frank Einstein before losing his humanity to brain-expanding experiments, is a unique acting challenge of the sort Paul Giamatti (John Dies at the End) can really sink his teeth into.

Christopher Eccleston as Dr. Flem

Dr. Flem, Boiffard's gruff but well-meaning colleague, is a perfect part for underrated Doctor Who alum Christopher Eccleston.

Christina Hendricks as Bonnie

There was only ever one choice for Bonnie, a beehive-haired old-school pinup type who turns out to be a well-rounded character in her own right. This role has Christina Hendricks (Drive) written all over it.

Samira Wiley as Dr. Gail Gale

We will see Gail's face (and her astronomical tattoos) at some point in the movie, but even when she's invisible and all wrapped up, the voice and physical acting of Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale) will bring plenty to the role.

Nicholas Hoult as Astroman

Astroman is basically a robotic clone of Madman, and it'll be fun to see Hoult in a second role with completely different makeup.

AJ Michalka as Machina

I mostly choice AJ Michalka (Steven Universe) for her unique voice, but I'd also like to see some of her face and physicality within the metal form of Machina.

Stephen Fry as Mott

I just like the idea of Stephen Fry (The Hobbit) lending his voice to a big green monster, and Mott (from the planet Hoople) is well-mannered enough for it to work.

Udo Kier as Monstadt

Udo Kier (Downsizing) has been playing scary German guys for half a century, and I can't imagine a better choice for the supervillainous Monstadt.

Cillian Murphy as The Blast

The Blast is a conflicted IRA member who becomes an even more conflicted costumed villain. Cillian Murphy (Sunshine) can absolutely handle that sort of emotional journey.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Mike Mattress

Mike's a jerk as well as an escapee from Hell, and he and his partner Dean Crept (see below) could easily spin off into their own movie. (In fact, they already had an indie movie in 2000, but this could lead to a bigger-budget remake.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) would have a lot of fun with the part and could help carry the spinoff.

Bokeem Woodbine as Dean Crept

Dean's the other G-Man from Hell, and Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming) would be perfect for capturing his more taciturn badassitude.

Henry Cavill as the Devil

The Devil only has a cameo here, but I think seeing Henry Cavill (Justice League) in the role would be a lot of fun. Plus, he'll get to show off his excellent mustache.