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Dream Casting: The Wrong Earth

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Dec 11, 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.

The Wrong Earth is a superhero comic, but it's also a comic about superhero comics. Writer Tom Peyer and artist Jamal Igle explore the tropes and tones with which the superhero genre has wrestled over the decades. Dragonflyman lives in a lighthearted Silver Age world where heroes smile and nothing is too deadly. The Dragonfly looks very much like his counterpart, but he's a grim man in a grim deadly world. When the two heroes and their arch-nemeses, both known as Number One, travel to each other's Earth's and become stuck there, each hero must adjust to the strange world he finds himself in.

The lead actors in this movie will have to play dual roles as the characters from each Earth, and the filmmaking style should also reflect the difference, switching between something reminiscent of Batman '66, and a more Zack Snyder-esque style.

Bill Hader as Dragonfly and Dragonflyman

Bill Hader as Dragonfly and Dragonflyman

Bill Hader (Barry) has proven himself at both broad comedy and human drama. He can play the campy Dragonflyman and the deadly serious Dragonfly and explore how they can be fundamentally the same man despite such different demeanors, all without ever winking at the audience.

Alan Cumming as Number One

Alan Cumming as Number One

Similarly, Alan Cumming (X2, Instinct) can have great fun with the showbiz glitz of Earth Alpha's Number One and then turn around and play the utterly twisted sociopath that is the Number One of Earth Omega.

Juno Temple as Deuce

Juno Temple as Deuce

Number One's #2 turns out to be surprisingly formidable when she meets her boss' more psychopathic counterpart. Juno Temple (Maleficent) will be great at portraying that twist, plus she can totally pull off the outfit.

Gaten Matarazzo as Stinger

Gaten Matarazzo as Stinger

Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things) can bring some personality to the role of a classic teen sidekick. He can probably play the departed Earth Omega version in flashback as well.

Lakeith Stanfield as Triviac

Lakeith Stanfield as Triviac

Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) is pretty much a leading man these days, but giving this secondary villain role to someone of his stature will help Triviac seem like a villain who matters in the world of Dragonflyman.

Jermaine Crawford as Huit

Jermaine Crawford as Huit

Jermaine Crawford (The Wire) will make an impression in a small role as young man to whom Dragonflyman attemps to show kindness, which doesn't work out well for either of them.

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