Dream Casting: Prince of Cats

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Feb 2, 2018, 4:00 PM EST

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.

February is Black History Month, so I'm focusing on black creators and characters. In an era with Black Lightning on TV and Black Panther coming to cinemas, it's easy to imagine these properties getting adapted in the near future.

This week I'm looking at Prince of Cats, a graphic novel written and drawn by Ronald Wimberly. Prince of Cats is a retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet from Tybalt's point of view, but set in 1980s New York. With strong production design and an old-school hip hop soundtrack, Prince of Cats would make a fantastic movie.


Lakeith Stanfield as Tybalt

Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) is a star on the rise, and he definitely has the charisma to play the Prince of Cats himself.


Bernard David Jones as Sampson

Bernard David Jones is both goofy and likable on The Mayor, and if anybody can pull off Sampson's ultimate '80s look, it's him.


Chris Redd as Gregory

Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live) would make for a great comedic duo with Jones.


Herizen F. Guardiola as Juliet

Herizen Guardiola appeared from nowhere and impressed everyone with her beauty and talent in The Get Down, proving she has what it takes to play a version of theatre's greatest romantic heroine.


Kiersey Clemons as Rosalyn

Rosalyn is usually an unseen character who exists in Juliet's shadow, but here she's an important part of the story, and Kiersey Clemons (Flatliners) would bring her star quality to the role.


Harry Styles as Romeo

The perspective of this story casts Romeo as a less heroic figure than usual, and Harry Styles (Dunkirk) can bring that ambiguity to the role.


Shameik Moore as Mercutio

In any version of the story, Mercutio is the most animated and entertaining character, something Shameik Moore (Dope) is perfect for.


Thomas Mann as Benvolio

This Benvolio comes off like a bit of a loser, which honestly is something Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island) excels at portraying.


Bill Duke as Capulet

The patriarch of the Capulet family appears only briefly, and the legendary Bill Duke (Predator) would make that appearance unforgettable.


Lavell Crawford as Reverend Lawrence

Comedian Lavell Crawford (Breaking Bad) would make a great preacher, and he'd really look amazing in that ridiculous white wig.


Method Man as Mayor Escalus

Method Man (The Deuce) has spent so much of his acting career playing criminals that I like the idea of him as the official trying to keep the peace.