Dream Casting: Mister Miracle

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Aug 17, 2017, 7:13 PM EDT (Updated)

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.

Last week saw the launch of Mister Miracle, a new DC comic by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. If you haven't read it (and you should), you probably remember Mister Miracle as a creation of the greatest comic book creator of all time, Jack Kirby, who had his own series as part of Kirby's Fourth World line in the early 1970s.

Scott Free, the man known as Mister Miracle, is a superhero and celebrity escape artist who also happens to be the son of Highfather, an Odin-like space god who rules the peaceful planet of New Genesis. But Scott wasn't lucky enough to grow up on that planet. As an infant, he was traded under the terms of a peace treaty. Highfather raised Orion, the son of the evil Darkseid, while Scott grew up in Granny Goodness' orphanage on Darkseid's planet Apokolips. That's where he met the warrior Barda, who became his wife.

The new series takes all of this background and uses it in a very different way. Scott appears to be living peacefully on Earth but with mental health issues too serious to be dismissed as a midlife crisis. There's only one issue out so far, so we can only guess where the story's going. But I'm already convinced this would make a fantastic movie. It's a superhero story, but not at all the kind we're used to seeing on screen.

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Justin Theroux as Scott Free

Mister Miracle is the world's greatest escape artist, a veteran superhero, and a god from outer space. But he's also a middle-aged man who doesn't know why his life feels so empty or what to do about it. Theroux (The Leftovers) is custom-built to live in that space.

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Gwendoline Christie as Barda

I try to avoid the obvious choices where I can, but the truth is Christie (Game of Thrones) is just about the only actress working today with the combination of looks and physicality that defines Big Barda. She'll need a long black wig, of course, but that's the easy part.

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Bokeem Woodbine as Orion

In both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Season 2 of Fargo, Woodbine projects a kind of strength that makes him seem dangerous but also charismatic. He can wear the helmet of Orion without looking even a little bit silly.

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Ian McKellen as Highfather

McKellen (Mr. Holmes) has played more than his share of wise old wizard roles, but he's such a great actor that he can find something unique to bring to the ruler of New Genesis, who's also Scott's father.

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Michael J. Anderson as Oberon

Anderson is one of the great little person actors of all time. In Twin Peaks, he talked backwards, but in Mister Miracle, he'll give it to you straight.

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Conan O'Brien as Godfrey

Why hire someone to play Evil Conan when you could just hire Conan and ask him to be evil? The famously nerdy talk show host will surely have fun playing his own Apokoliptian doppelganger.

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Grace Zabriskie as Granny Goodness

Granny hasn't show up in this story yet (hence the lack of Mitch Gerads artwork), but she's mentioned in the synopsis for Issue 2, and it wouldn't be a Mister Miracle series without her. Zabriskie (Twin Peaks) is a fantastic actress who can be absolutely terrifying when needed. If you want a more serious take on Granny Goodness, she seems like the obvious choice.

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Tony Todd as Darkseid

Darkseid has also yet to appear on panel, but his name is on almost every page. If he appears in his traditional rock-faced form, the spine-chilling voice of Tony Todd (Candyman) will fit perfectly. And if they decide to go with a Darkseid in human form, Todd also looks quite a bit like Freddie E. Williams II's take a human Darkseid in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldier: Mister Miracle.

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If you want more insight into the series, here's Tom King himself discussing the task of taking on Mister Miracle.