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.
The classic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has been having an upsurge in popularity recently. With that in mind, it makes sense to revisit the idea of a Dungeons & Dragons movie, now that people have had time to forget the 2000 effort. Full disclosure, I only found out there is actually a movie in the works after I put this cast together. Fortunately, there aren't enough details out to completely contradict my take on it.
This is different from the movies I usually envision because there aren't specific characters. I just took inspiration from the art in the main D&D sourcebooks and put together a cast of archetypes that I think you could build a fun, upbeat fantasy adventure story around.
Winston Duke as a Fighter
Winston Duke is a big, formidable-looking guy who would make a believable human fighter, and he deserves some starring roles after the impression he made in Black Panther.
Lauren Lapkus as a Gnome Ranger
Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World) has a uniquely appealing look that will combine with special effects to make her a perfect gnome. She'll also be an upbeat and humorous presence in the movie.
Charlie Hunnam as a Noble Barbarian
With his hair and beard grown out, Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) will make for a weary, Viking-esque warrior.
Freema Agyeman as a Cleric
In addition to being a great actress with a great look, Freema Agyeman (Sense8) has a serenity about her that suits the spiritual heart of an adventuring party.
Hannah Fierman as a Wild Druid
In contrast, Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren) is all wild eyes and frantic movies, making her ideal to play someone who lives in nature, isolated from society.
Tao Okamoto as an Elf Wizard
Tao Okamoto (Westworld) has a timeless beauty perfect for an immortal elf, and the regal bearing to play a powerful wizard.
Beth Ditto as a Dwarf Paladin
Musician Beth Ditto has been receiving praise for her film acting debut in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and I think her sense of confidence and swagger would serve her well as a dwarf warrior.
Sam Neill as an Evil Wizard
Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) has played a lot of creepy characters over the years, and with long hair and a long gray beard, he'll subvert the Gandalf/Dumbledore image into something much scarier.
Hugo Weaving as a Dragon
Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Hobbit) is a mainstay of sci-fi/fantasy films, and he has exactly the sort of voice you want to hear when a dragon speaks.
Penn Badgley as a Tiefling Assassin
Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) has spent most of his career getting cast for his good looks, but I think he'd make a great devil-human hybrid.
James Corden as a Halfling Merchant
I just think James Corden (The Late Late Show) would make a good halfling, and he'd probably have fun doing a small role in the movie.