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Dream Casting: Magnus, Robot Fighter

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Nov 20, 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.

I was in a retro mood this week, so I decided to take on one of the classic sci-fi comics of the Silver Age, Russ Manning's Magnus, Robot Fighter. It's set in the year 4000, a future that's utopian on the surface but dark underneath. Mankind has become totally dependent on robots, and some robots are starting to take too much power for themselves. Into this world comes Magnus, an outsider trained to defeat robots in hand-to-hand combat, who seeks out tyrannical robots and destroys them.

I like imagining a Magnus, Robot Fighter movie with a retro-futuristic aesthetic and a strong sense of fun. This doesn't need to be a meditation on the meaning of humanity when it can just be about a muscular man punching evil robots in the face.

Michael B Jordan as Magnus

Michael B. Jordan as Magnus

Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed II) is a bona-fide acting star. He'll look great as Magnus whether they keep the classic toga outfit or give him pants, and you can't tell me it wouldn't be awesome to watch him beat up robots.

Lyndsy Fonseca as Leeja Clane

Lyndsy Fonseca as Leeja Clane

Lyndsy Fonseca (Agent Carter) is a great actress who would look amazing in a futuristic dress, and she'd be perfect as Magnus' love interest.

Marc Evan Jackson as 1-A

Marc Evan Jackson as 1-A

1-A is the good robot who raised Magnus and trained him to fight bad robots. If any actor can portray a robot and a father figure at the same time, it's Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn NineNine, The Good Place).

Bob Odenkirk as Senator Clane

Bob Odenkirk as Senator Clane

Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) is a comedian who became a character actor, and he'll bring a lot of personality to Leeja's politician father.

Rebecca Hazlewood as Serena

Rebecca Hazlewood as Serena

Rebecca Hazlewood (The Good Place) has an air of regality about her that will serve her well as a government official who becomes an ally to Magnus and Leeja.

Alfred Molina as Xyrkal

Alfred Molina as Xyrkal

Not only is Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) one of the all-time great villain actors, he can probably even pull off Xyrkal's ridiculous hair and mustache.

Noel Fielding as Mekman

Noel Fielding as Mekman

I wanted someone quirky for the part of this unusually humanoid robot villain, and Noel Fielding (The IT Crowd) has that in spades. It probably won't even be the first time he's been painted silver.

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