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It's October, which means it's time to focus on horror and the macabre. This week that means Insexts, a gothic Victorian feminist horror comic by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina.
Lady Lalita Bertram, usually called simply Lady, is the young wife of a Viscount in Victorian London. Her husband is a brute, but she finds true love in the arms of her maid, Mariah. Together, Lady and Mariah allow themselves to become literally monstrous in the pursuit of revenge against those who would do violence against women. There's family drama, werewolf warrior monks, and an ancient evil that must be stopped.
This cast is based on the first volume of the series, which would make a fantastic period horror film. But if you've read the comic (and you should), you already know there'd be plenty left for a sequel.
Naomi Scott as Lady Bertram
Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) is certainly beautiful enough to play Lady, and she seems like the sort of actress who'd be up for turning into a vengeful bug monster.
Karen Gillan as Mariah
Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) is gorgeous as well, obviously, but what would really make her great for this part is the way she can turn fiercely aggressive on a dime, something Mariah often does in the defense of her beloved Lady.
James Norton as Dr. Taylor
Dr. Taylor is a well-meaning fellow who finds himself keeping the strangest of company. James Norton (Flatliners) has the kind of easy likability the part needs.
Dan Stevens as Harry Bertram
Lord Bertram isn't around for long once the story starts, but when he is he's an absolute slimeball. Dan Stevens (Legion) can be very scary when he wants to be, and casting an actor of his stature will make what Bertram turns out to be like, and what happens to him, more surprising to moviegoers.
Kate Winslet as the Hag
It sounds terrible to cast Kate Winslet (Divergent) as a character called the Hag, but as you can see she's quite beautiful on the outside ... at least until she isn't. But as the main villain of the story, the Hag serves as an embodiment of misogyny, which makes her the kind of complex and strange character Winslet can really sink her teeth into.
Omid Abtahi as Talal
Part of a holy order of werewolves, Talal eventually becomes an ally to Lady and Mariah. Omid Abtahi (American Gods) would bring a lot of charisma to the role, which is particularly important for a character we're not initially sure is trustworthy.
Jason Mantzoukas as Brother Asher
Asher, a member of the same order, turns out to be far less sympathetic than his brother. Obviously Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is known for comedy, but he's certainly a good enough actor to handle something a bit more serious. And really, that guy was born to play a werewolf.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Sylvia Bertram
Sylvia is the worst sort of haughty aristocrat, brimming with internalized misogyny, which is something Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Mad Max: Fury Road) can definitely handle.
Tobias Menzies as George Bertram
Count Bertram, Lady's brother-in-law, seems ineffectual but is ultimately a tool of evil. Tobias Menzies (Outlander) has a career's worth of experience in this kind of role.
Marguerite Bennett, Bombshells and Josie and the Pussycats Writer
For more on Insexts writer Marguerite Bennett, check out this interview from San Diego Comic-Con 2017.