Friday, August 21, 2009

Preacher Casting

Garth Ennis' Preacher is a fantastic series for those of you who don't know, and it's going to be made into a movie or series or something, so I recommend checking it out before that happens. But in the meantime, I'm throwing out my ideas for who should be cast. Agree? Disagree? Who would you pick?

Lucas Black as Jesse Custer

I have a feeling that the role of Jesse will be filled by a big manly movie star like Gerard Butler or someone like that. However, being from Texas and all, I know a 'good ol boy' when I see one, and ultimately that's what Jesse is (he just happens to obtain this crazy mega-power). So I pick Lucas Black. He's been acting since he was a kid, and though as an adult his roles haven't been the most impressive, he's done some pretty dark stuff over the years. He's handsome and charming and southern, so, why not?

Blake Lively as Tulip O'Hare

This was a little tough. There are a lot of grown-up actresses who would've been perfect for Tulip when they were younger, and trying to pick someone out of the new crop of actresses was difficult. I went through a few different people in mind, but then I saw a Gossip Girl promo, and though I don't watch the show, Black Lively seems to be a pretty capable actress. She also has an interesting look that Tulip needs; she's very beautiful all done up, but her facial structure is very strong and I think in the right situations, she could be fairly intimidating.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cassidy

Originally my ideas for Cassidy were much older (i.e. Steve Buscemi), mainly because of the way he's drawn and his vicious nature. But then I remembered that he's supposed to at least look about the same age as Jesse and Tulip, so I started thinking about pointy faced talented actors from that age group. I've seen (500) Days of Summer and G.I. Joe in the course of a couple of weeks, and I love me some Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's cute, very talented, and a little off-the-mark. I think as Cassidy, he could really pull off the charm and instant likability, but he's got the acting chops to go there with that character. You know what I mean.

Clint Eastwood as the Saint of Killers

Okay, so I normally try to think outside the box when I play my little casting game, and this is kind of stereotypical casting, but fuck it. He's the perfect person for this role, hands down, and I'm not even a fan of westerns (well, Deadwood is starting to change that, but whatevs).

Josh Peck as Arseface

With the obvious facial configurations of Arseface, really anybody could play him, provided they were in the approximate age range. I was really struck by Josh Peck's performance in the Wackness (I highly recommend checking that movie out) so I thought he might be a great actor for this part. He's cute, but not super-handsome to begin with, so that makes him relatable pre-Cobain incident. And assuming his role int eh Wackness
wasn't a fluke, he's a pretty good actor, so maybe he could pull off acting via gibberish and slurps.

Michael Keaton as Herr Starr

Right? I love Micahel Keaton and I wish he was doing more stuff cause for me he will always be both Beetlejuice and Batman, and that's just awesome. But he's got that great face that's somehow so normal but so evil at the same time. It just really sucks that he's doing stuff like Post Grad.

Wendie Malick as Marie L'Angelle

This character in the book really freaked me out. There's just something about a scary old southern lady who's balding and totally evil. But I kept picturing Nina from Just Shoot Me (what? it's kind of funny) as this lady. I'm not sure what her acting capabilities are, but she's the person who I very distinctly visualized as this woman so I'm going with it.

Jeffrey Tambor as God

Though God really doesn't show up all that much, he does some crazy stuff, and he has to be both superior (and probably CGI'ed) and a regular man. I'm a huge Arrested Development fan and I think Jeffrey Tambor has one of the greatest voices of all time. I think for this story, which sort of turns everything on its side, he would make for a really interesting God figure.

I would totally watch this movie.


  1. I'm a fan of putting Keaton in anything, and he's on point as a pick for Starr. Good job.

    I'd cast everyone else much older though, so it doesn't become some old vs young thing. Also, why not have cassidey actually be Irish? There's Cillian Murphy, he'd be good. Or, um, well he's scottish, but damn, wouldn't David Tennant do a great turn as a badass?

    Julie Benz as Tulip.

    James Remar as Saint of Killers.

  2. Re: Joseph Gordon-Levitt: I don't know if you've seen a movie he did a few years ago called Mysterious skin. He plays a gay prostitute and it only gets more disturbing from that premise. It is an excellent movie. At any rate, after seeing that movie I can attest that he will be able to "go there" with the character.

    Josh Peck was great in The Wackness, but that movie was about 30 minutes too long.

  3. James: I did think about the age thing, and originally I was kinda leaning toward older, then something hit me about Lucas Black and that shifted my thought process. So I would say this would be 'movie Preacher' cast, cause if Preacher turns into a TV thing, the cast would definitely be older.

    And I like the idea of Cillian Murphy (I loves him..), but I thought for Cassidy it would be fun to have someone that looks more 'obviously' handsome and kind of unassuming, so that when you find out what he's really like, it hurts that much more.

    And as much as I loved Julie Benz in Buffy, she annoys the hell out of me in Dexter and that one Saw movie. My 'older' pic for Tulip was going to be Katee Sackhoff.

    Garland: I had heard of Mysterious Skin, but never seen it. I will definitely be checking that out.

  4. I always look forward to your casting call. I'm on board with pretty much all of them especially JG-L as Cassidy. He is unassuming enough that I would kinda feel him over his pining for Tulip. Michael Keaton would scare the crap outta me as Herr Starr. I can imagine that scene with him hopping down the desert on one leg.

  5. I like the idea of Wentworth Miller for Jesse Custer. I can't see anyone except Sam Elliot as the Saint of Killers.

  6. Yer all fools.
    Saint of Killers?
    Clancy Brown. He was made for the part.

    Look at that face.

    1. To me Saint of Killers looks like Brian Thompson

  7. Walt Goggins (The Shield, Justified) should play Jesse. He's got the right look, the right attitude, and a great accent.