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Dream Casting: SwordQuest

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Mar 8, 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.

Swordquest is a Dynamite comic based on a series of Atari games from the 1980s. The comic is written by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers, with art by Ghostwriter X. It follows up on a real contest that was part of the original Swordquest games and comics, in which someone was supposed to be able to win the actual sword. Neither the game series or the contest was ever completed, and nobody got the sword.

The new comic follows Peter Case, an unlucky 45-year-old who is reminded of his childhood quest for that sword in a moment of crisis and decides to track down the real things and steal it. With the help of his childhood friends Alvin and Amy and the mysterious Terry, he sets off on his quest, and then things get weird. I'm not going to reveal any of the twists, but Swordquest would make a fantastic movie, mixing human drama with video game inspired fantasy elements.

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Mark Duplass as Peter

Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed) is exactly the guy you want to play a down-on-his-luck middle-aged schlub who suddenly finds a less-than-rational purpose in life.

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Jeffrey Wright as Alvin

Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) is a great actor and a welcome presence in any project. It also helps that Alvin is drawn to look exactly like him in the comic.

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Aisha Tyler as Amy

Aisha Tyler (Archer) has never gotten the kind of starmaking live-action roles she deserves, and I'd love to see that corrected. Also, the fact that she's a big nerd in real life will bring an air of believability to Amy, who writes about 1980s video games.

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Margo Martindale as Peter's Mom

Character actress Margo Martindale (Sneaky Pete) is just the mom for this mom role, and she's talented enough to give the character a sense of inner life, even if the story doesn't offer her much to do.

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Jason Momoa as Terry

Terry is a strange, almost unearthly presence, and the supernaturally good-looking Jason Momoa (Justice League) has a bit of that in real life, to be honest.

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Jared Harris as Konrad Juros

Jared Harris (The Expanse) can be extremely creepy when he wants to be. Just give him weird Wolverine hair and he'd fully embody the evil software executive and suspected evil wizard that is Konrad Juros.