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TR Contest: Casting Call

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?Besides asking to read PJ’s Remembrances of FFFs Past, the other question that showed up most frequently during last week’s Suggestion contest was my opinion of who should be cast in a live-action Masters of the Universe movie. Back when I was at Anime Insider, we did a regular feature called Casting Call — hell, all the Wizard magazines did it, because it was fun — where we imagined possible celebrities for anime movies, comic movies, toy movies, etc. We always drove a few folks insane with our choices, but that was to be expected (except the time I jokingly wrote that Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller had been cast in a live-action Naruto movie and a section of the Naruto Nation lost its collective shit).

So cast a live-action He-Man movie? I can do this in my sleep.

Man-at-Arms: Jason Statham
Teela: Kristen Bell
King Randor: Jeff Bridges (he classes up everything)
Mekaneck: Zachary Levi
Skeletor: Rupert Everett (mostly voice)
Beast-Man: Alan Tudyk (you know he’d make it work)
Evil-Lyn: Keira Knightley
Tri-Klops: Jackie Earle Haley

I could go on, but I need to start the contest: Oh, and I didn’t pick He-Man because the actor’s physical stature is at least as important as his acting talent. I wouldn’t cast Ryan Reynolds or Matt Maconaughey just because they’re built; this dude would have to be massive, like Schwarzenegger in his prime. Otherwise don’t bother.

So: Your turn. Casting your own favorite nerd projects — comics, anime, cartoons, toylines, videogames, etc. Feel free to reboot whatever series you want (fuck, if Spider-Man‘s getting a reboot already, there’s no reason G.I. Joe can’t). You can pick one role or several, but you’d best quit at a dozen because I’ll get tired and stop reading. I’ll likely award the best idea and the most entertaining, so feel free to go nuts. But one casting call per person, and the contest ends on Monday the 18th at 12:01am. See you cats on Monday.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.