Dream Casting: Motor Crush

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Sep 7, 2017, 3:30 PM EDT

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.

Motor Crush is an Image Comic by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr, the same creative team that rebooted Batgirl back in 2014. It's a sci-fi comic about motorcycle racing and the shady world that surrounds it in a technologically advanced future. The three creators write together, but it's Tarr's artwork that really makes the book stand out. The first collection came out in June, if you want to catch up.

The hero of Motor Crush is Domino Swift, a young woman with an amazing knack for racing and more than a few secrets, some of which she's only starting to learn about. It would make an amazing movie, with elements of Speed Racer, The Fast and the Furious, and The Warriors, but with a queer black woman as its protagonist, something not nearly enough movies (or comics for that matter) have had.

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Samira Wiley as Domino Swift

I considered a lot of actresses for this role, but at the end of the day Samira Wiley (A Handmaid's Tale) not only looks exactly like Domino, she has the charisma and acting chops to play the lead in an action movie, which she'll hopefully get to do for real at some point.

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Callie Hernandez as Lola del Carmen

Obviously Callie Hernandez (Alien: Covenant) will need a huge pink wig and a high femme mechanic makeover to match, but she's cute enough to make that look work, and a strong enough actress to hold her own in scenes with Wiley.

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Ving Rhames as Sullivan Swift

Domino's dad is a large powerful man who loves his daughter fiercely, which is exactly the sort of role Ving Rhames (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) excels at. Plus he can pull off that mustache.

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Manny Montana as Lan

Lan's role in the story is brief, but contains a big twist in terms of his trustworthiness. Manny Montana (ABC's Conviction) is the sort of actor who can believably walk that line.

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Ariana Grande as Sonoya Vermillion

Sonoya's character is chirpy and enthusiastic to the point of being obnoxious, which is perfectly suited to pop star Ariana Grande.

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Timothy Olyphant as Calax Gothard

There's a lot of bikers in this story, but Calax is the only one who really fits the image we have of bikers here in the present. Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet, Justified) has a special talent for bringing nuance and humanity to this sort of stereotypically masculine role.

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Dascha Polanco as Decora

Polanco is best known as a prisoner on Orange is the New Black, where she rarely gets to be stylish and fashionable. As Decora, she'll be all of that plus a deadly gang leader.

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Aasif Mandvi as Mink Masters

Aasif Mandvi primarily does comedy, on The Daily Show and elsewhere. But in that comedy he often presents himself with a smug self-confidence that will make for a fantastic crime boss.

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Caleb Landry Jones as Clover Lazan

After his recent performance on Twin Peak: The Return, I'd say Caleb Landry Jones is the top actor when it comes to playing redhaired guys who everyone hates. Clover is exactly in that wheelhouse.

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Dominic Monaghan as King Tyre

Monaghan has weathered a bit since Lost, and we'd weather him even more for the part of chaotic biker King Tyre.

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Holly "Rosemary" Letkeman as Queen Christine

In looking for someone to play Christine, leader of the Royal Bastard Squad, I found myself thinking that I needed an actress who would be as intimidating in face paint as the professional wrestler known as Rosemary. Then I realized I can just cast Rosemary herself. She may be inexperienced as an actress, but she's a good talker, and Queen Christine won't require much nuance.

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Tyler Posey as Decimus Wexler

So far we don't know much about Decimus Wexler, except that he's the #1 racer and ridiculously handsome. Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) should be able to handle the former ... and he's definitely got the latter on lock.