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It's October, which means things are getting spooky again! So I'm kicking off the season with Kim Reaper, a comic by British cartoonist Sarah Graley. It would make a great movie, but I can also imagine it as a BBC/Netflix kind of project.
Kim Reaper begins with college student Becka deciding to finally ask out her crush, a goth girl named Kim. She picks a bad moment to do it, however, and gets wrapped up in Kim's after-school job as a literal grim reaper. Things only get more complicated from there as Kim must attempt to balance a burgeoning romance with Becka against her responsibility to collect the souls of the dead. It's a perfect romantic comedy for the Halloween season.
Maisie Williams as Kim
First of all, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) would look great with punky purple hair. More importantly, we know she can definitely balance the sweetness and aggression that's central to Kim.
Simona Brown as Becka
For Simona Brown (Kiss Me First) on the other hand, sweetness (and a bit of bafflement) will be her main job as Kim's love interest, Becka.
Harry Richardson as Tyler
Tyler's a well-meaning and hirsute friend to Becka who tries to give her advice but knows she'll do what she wants, even if it means pursuing a grim reaper for a date. Harry Richardson (Poldark) is just the young Englishman for the job.
Drew McIntyre as the Muscular Cat Guy
This particular weirdo loves his muscles and his cats, and the two combine for a surprising power-up. Scottish wrestler Drew McIntyre has the physique for the part, and he's no stranger to acting a bit silly.
Tom Waits as a Grim Reaper
I cast U.K. actors as all the humans, but I decided to make the skeletons American, just to add variety. And no American has ever been better suited to voicing a skeleton than legendary singer/actor Tom Waits.
Steve Buscemi as the Head Reaper
Steve Buscemi (Horace and Pete) is always a fun actor to have around, and he can really chew the scenery as the excitable leader of the Grim Reapers.