Dream cast!

If you could cast ten actors in a film, who would you bring together? Post your thoughts in the comments.

I remember “casting” Ian Holm as Bilbo and Ian McKellan as Gandalf in my dream Lord of the Rings film many years before Jackson took on the project, and he did oh so well with the rest of that casting.

But rarely have I been as excited about an assembling of actors as I am about the new film by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento).

I mean, just LOOK at it:

Andy Serkis has signed on to Touchstone Pictures’ The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan. He joins Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie and Piper Perabo.

Bale and Jackman will play rival magicians in turn-of-the-century London who battle each other for trade secrets. The title refers to the residue left after a magician’s successful trick.

Serkis plays the assistant of Bowie’s character. His credits include King Kong and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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  • Magnus

    I’ve only just come across this, so I will have to try and pick up the book at some point.
    Pete mention that you were a big Scarlett Johansson fan. I liked her in Lost in Translation, but can’t really think of anyother film where she really worked for me. People will mention Ghost World, but that was Thora Birch’s film the whole way.
    But I am definitely interested in The Prestige bythe mere fact that Nolan and Bale are attached, if Nothing else. (Big Michael Caine fan, but Caine and Jackman have a tendency to do very questionable films)

  • Anonymous

    Turn-of-the-century London — which century is that?

  • Anonymous

    In order to find The Prestige affecting, you have to believe that large amounts of electricity (like, 1.21 gigawatts) could be used to clone and transport a living human being. No dice. Can’t see how a screenplay would work around that, but here’s to hoping.

  • Anders

    I’m actually reading The Prestige right now–I’m that excited about this movie. Best. Cast. Ever.

    So far, my expectations for the movie are greatly increased.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Off the top of my head, here’s a long, long list — I would assemble ten from these names:

    ACTRESSES
    Juliette Binoche
    Irene Jacob
    Emily Watson
    Helen Mirren
    Kate Winslet
    Emma Thompson
    Holly Hunter
    Judi Dench
    Scarlett Johansson
    Miranda Richardson
    Patricia Clarkson

    ACTORS
    Daniel Day-Lewis
    Gary Oldman
    Paul Newman
    Ian McKellan
    Gene Hackman
    Geoffrey Rush
    Billy Bob Thornton
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    Johnny Depp
    Jeff Bridges
    Russell Crowe
    David Thewlis
    Val Kilmer
    Al Pacino
    Alan Rickman
    Timothy Spall
    David Bowie
    And… if they could return to their former glory: Robert De Niro and Steve Martin

  • Barbara

    This is fun. I guess we are limited to living actors?

    My dream cast would have to include Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Nicole Kidman, Paul Giamatti, Bobby Canavale, Judy Davis, Johnnie Depp and Russell Crowe.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Had no idea you were such a Piper Perabo fan.

  • Anna

    Scarlett Johansson, groan.


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