Dream Casting: Saga

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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 looking at Saga, a sci-fi comic book written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. With occasional scheduled breaks, it's been coming out from Image Comics since 2012. The story is an epic space opera, focusing on the birth of a child named Hazel, whose parents are from opposite sides of an interplanetary war. Mother Alana is a former soldier from a race of winged people who serve a robotic ruling class, while father Marko is from a horned people who practice magic. The very existence of Hazel is an act of treason for them both, so naturally they end up on the run, accompanied by Marko's parents and Hazel's babysitter, who's also a ghost.

It only gets more complex from there, but I've really only covered the first collected volume, which would hopefully be the first movie in a series of many.

Natalie Morales as Alana

Natalie Morales (Parks & Recreation) is a fantastic actress who just needs her big break to become a huge star. I'd like to imagine this could do the trick.

Harry Shum Jr. as Marko

Similarly, Harry Shum (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) usually plays supporting parts but absolutely has the look and skill to be a leading man.

Sadie Sink as Izabel

Sadie Sink made a strong impression as a teen faced with the supernatural in Stranger Things. She'd be perfect as a young ghost.

Tristan Risk as the Stalk

Tristan Risk (American Mary) is a burlesque performer turned horror actress, and as such she's uniquely capable of embodying the strange and disturbing physicality of the Stalk.

Luke Evans as the Will

Shave his head and Luke Evans (Professor Marston and the Wonder Women) will make a great ruggedly handsome bounty hunter. I also think he should use his British accent for the role.

Charlyne Yi as Lying Cat

I almost didn't cast anyone as Lying Cat, and then I thought about how much Vin Diesel brought to Groot, despite being an inhuman creature who only ever says one thing. I think Charlyne Yi (Steven Universe) can find a lot of entertaining ways to say the word "Lying."

Danai Gurira as Gwendolyn

Danai Gurira plays amazing badasses on The Walking Dead and in the upcoming Black Panther, and while Gwendolyn is different from either of those parts, Danai would be able to employ similar skills in her portrayal.

Michelle Yeoh as Klara

Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek: Discovery) is great at portraying the combination of warmth and harshness that's central to the character of Marko's mother.

Donnie Yen as Barr

Ever since Rogue One, I've just wanted to see Donnie Yen in as many things as possible. Marko's father isn't around for long, but Yen will be memorable with any amount of screen time.

Keegan-Michael Key as Prince Robot IV

Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu) is the sort of energetic actor who can find the physicality necessary to animate a character with no face, and I'm confident he'd also find the perfect voice for an aristocratic walking television.

Ben Hardy as Gale

It's not that I'm typecasting Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) as the guy with wings, it's just that he has a great face for playing a jerk, which is what Gale requires.