It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited for a movie to come out that wasn’t part of the Marvel or DC Cinematic Universes. It has been announced that a reboot to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is in the works. The original film from 2003 was mired in problems, which is a shame since the LXG comics are actually amazing. Maybe this reboot will give these beloved stories the excellent adaptation they deserve?
There are numerous factors that play into whether a movie is good or not, and one of the most crucial aspects is the cast. The cast to the original film was mediocre at best, and I think Fox will have to take careful planning and consideration into picking the right people this time around. Here are our six ideal casting choices for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot.
6. Tilda Swinton as Orlando
The character of Orlando doesn’t appear until the third volume, The Black Dossier. However, he/she is still a major part of the League’s lore, and we should integrate him/her into the film universe. If you’re curious about why I’m using both male and female pronouns when discussing Orlando, it’s because this character actually alternates between being a man and a woman. Orlando is also immortal, and has been wandering the Earth since the days of Ancient Greece. He/she watched the Fall of Troy, sat with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and caused the fatal argument between Romulus and Remus. Orlando is full of mystery and wonder, which is why he/she would make a great addition to the film.
Because of Orlando’s alternating biological sex, I think it’s important that an androgynous person is cast in the role. Tilda Swinton is a great actress who really gets into her roles, both in appearance and in personality. She’s also fierce, as demonstrated by her performance in The Chronicles of Narnia. I can already picture her in the role of Orlando as he/she unsheathes the magical sword Excalibur and starts carving through a horde of enemies. Swinton would be the wisest choice for such a complex and assertive character; I can’t possibly imagine anyone else in the role.
5. David Tennant as Hawley Griffin
Dr. Hawley Griffin, more commonly known as the Invisible Man, is a scumbag. When the League first meets him, he’s using his invisibility to carry out terrible deeds at the local all-girls school. Later on, well, I don’t want to spoil it, but the Invisible Man is indeed a nasty member of the League. However, he’s also incredibly useful due to his lack of visibility. Whoever plays the role would have to be able to convey his emotions simply through dialogue, since we won’t be able to see his face. Who can pull it off?
I might be offending the Whovians who wouldn’t want to see David Tennant play such a vile character, but isn’t that what acting is all about? It’s about playing different characters. It’s not like Tennant is actually that despicable. He’s just playing a role. When I hear Tennant’s voice, I think of a smooth-talker with a quick wit and readily-available comeback. That’s what we need for Griffin. He’s a sassy little prick who always has some smart-ass answer. Tennant could bring that character to life by simple relying on his vocal performance.
4. Sendhil Ramamurthy as Captain Nemo
Let’s face it – it’s very difficult to come up with a decent Indian actor to play Captain Nemo. In all honesty, Naseeruddin Shah captured the essence of the role perfectly in 2003. Captain Nemo is a stoic pirate whose life revolves around solitude as he wanders around the sea in his ship, the Nautilus. He may be soft-spoken, but he’s also an excellent fighter, a seasoned leader, and a caring team member. Who can capture all of these qualities on the same level as Shah?
Sendhil Ramamurthy made a name for himself as Mohinder Suresh in Heroes, where he quickly became a fan favorite. He’s also had tiny appearances in other films and shows like The Slammin’ Salmon and The Office. In a lot of his roles, he plays an impatient, yet confident man who doesn’t joke around, especially when it involves serious matters. That’s Captain Nemo right there. We need an actor who won’t even smile, because Nemo is all about the mission. The only problem with Ramamurthy is that he may be too young, but that’s why we have the power of makeup and prosthetics! Or we could go another route and portray a younger version of Nemo for the reboot.