Nicolas Cage + Left Behind = Awesome

How can something so wrong feel so right? Variety reports “Nicolas Cage in talks to star in ‘Left Behind’ reboot“:

Nicolas Cage is in negotiations to topline “Left Behind,” a mainstream reboot of the Christian-themed movie trilogy that will mark the first film from Stoney Lake Entertainment, a new production company led by Paul Lalonde of faith-oriented banner Cloud Ten Pictures.

The “Left Behind” franchise is based on the series of books written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide.

… The Christian-themed “Left Behind” reboot will follow a group of survivors during the first few hours after the Rapture.

The original trilogy, which launched in 2001, starred Kirk Cameron.

The reference to Cam-Cam there is surely misleading. Cage is 48 years old. Cameron played Cameron — Buck Williams, the Greatest Investigative Reporter of All Time  — and the 30-year-old reporter would be a stretch for Cage.

So does this mean Cage is set to play Rayford Steele? He wouldn’t be my first choice for the misogynist, pompous, repressed and hilariously un-self-aware pilot. For Rayford, I’d look for someone more like a young Fred Willard- or Mitt Romney-type, though I’m not sure who that would be in Hollywood today.

Will Ferrell could do Rayford justice. Maybe Steve Carell. Bryan Cranston would be awesome. Richard Jenkins maybe.

But then again, the primary characteristic of Rayford Steele is that he’s creepy — and Nicolas Cage is really good at creepy. So maybe that could work.

The ideal Left Behind role for Cage would be Dirk Burton — Buck’s paranoid, conspiracy-theorist “source” from the first book. Unfortunately, Dirk only appears briefly before he’s murdered by the conspiracy of international [don’t say ewish-Jay] financiers in a tangential sub-plot that is quickly forgotten and then made irrelevant to the story.

I could also see Cage as Bruce Barnes — especially as sweaty, disheveled, sleep-deprived Bruce. Bruce Barnes would be a lot more fun with a dose of H.I. McDunnough.

But how about Nicolas as Nicolae?

I would enjoy that. I would pay cash money to go and see that in a movie theater. I’m rather fond of Gordon Currie’s scenery-chewing, campy turn as the Antichrist in the original awful trilogy of movies. I think Cage could start there and crank it up to 11.

And the movie would benefit from making Nicolae Carpathia the “topline” character. Unlike the story’s nominal “heroes,” Buck and Rayford, the Antichrist actually does things, and stories tend to be much more interesting when they focus on characters who do things rather than on characters who never, ever do.

Alas, the sketchy initial reports on this Left Behind reboot don’t provide any further detail on the casting of the film. Hollywood Reporter focuses on the director, “Stunt Icon Vic Armstrong,” and offers this tidbit on the upcoming movie:

The story will be more in the mold of a classic disaster film. The plot unfolds during the first few hours after the Rapture and focuses on the survivors.

Filmophilia, Collider, FirstShowing, Film School Rejects and /Film all chime in on the news, but don’t add much detail to the Variety report. While Zack Hunt at American Jesus is hoping for more of a Left Behind/National Treasure mash-up:

My only hope is they tweak the story a little bit and Nicolas Cage ends up having to steal the Lamb’s Book of Life from heaven because there’s a secret map hidden inside that can save the world from Armageddon.

So let’s have some fun. Let’s either ignore this project’s reported small budget ($15 million is, in Hollywood terms, a small budget) or else pretend that every actor in tinsel-town is in the same desperate financial straits as Cage, and let’s cast this reboot.

Here’s my hasty initial take:

Rayford Steele: Will Ferrell

Buck Williams: Jonah Hill

Nicolae Carpathia: Nicolas Cage

Chloe Steele: Clea Duvall

Hattie Durham: Anna Faris

Bruce Barnes: Steve Buscemi

Drunken Businessman on Airplane: John Goodman

Chaim Rosenzweig: Alan Arkin

Dirk Burton: Harry Dean Stanton

In the event that Tim Burton can be convinced to direct, then I’d be quite pleased to have Johnny Depp as Nicolae, Helena Bonham Carter as Hattie, Bill Murray as Rayford, and Mark Wahlberg as Buck Williams. That would be fine, too.

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  • Persephone

    Nicolas Cage makes everything awesomely crazy.

    Also here’s the best of him going crazy in film: (NSFW, language, eccentricity) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP1-oquwoL8

  • Persephone

     Oh, also violence. I forgot to mention violence.

  • Twig

    Just say “NSFW: Nicholas Cage Acting”

  • http://www.oliviareviews.com/ PepperjackCandy

    The alphabetization scene is the first thing I thought of.  And why I back Fred’s nomination of Cage as Nicolae.

    ETA: Unfortunately I almost never see movies or watch television any more. So I am unable to play the casting game. Though I would much rather see a Coen Brothers-directed LB than a Tim Burton-directed one.

  • http://kingdomofsharks.com/ D Johnston

    Seeing Goodman and Buscemi in your fantasy list makes me wonder what the Coen brothers might do with a project like this. An evangelical-flavored O Brother? I might unironically enjoy that.

  • Carstonio

    O Brother’s soundtrack is arguably evangelical-flavored already. As much as I love the movie and the soundtrack, I find the worldview in the lyrics to be both saddening and disturbing. Very much “Life is full of pain but I’ll be with Jesus soon.” I can understand the appeal of that message in the period depicted, but it still seems like a refusal to tackle the suffering that is within human ability to redress. Years ago Fred pointed out that the focus on an next life at the expense of this life arose as a rationalization of slavery, and the rationalization probably continued to hold sway during Jim Crow.

  • Eric B

    Rayford Steele:  Ty Burrell
    Buck Williams: Adam Scott
    Hattie Durham: Amy Adams
    Chloe Steele: Ellen Page 
    Bruce Barnes:  John Pinnette
    Steve Plank: Samuel L Jackson
    Stanon Bailey: Brian Doyle Murray
    Nicolae Carpathia: Robert Redford (made up to look like a young Robert Redford, of course)
    Dirk Burton: Nic Cage
    Chaim Rosenzwig: Rod Steiger
    Cardinal Matthews: William Devane
    Verna Zee: Angela Kinsey

  • Carstonio

    Is Cage in desperate financial straits, as Fred suggests? I’m wondering if the news item is the old tactic of negotiating through the entertainment press – perhaps another actor is playing hardball with the studio and this is the studio’s message that they have other options. I had understood Cage to be Catholic, unless he converted to PMD recently.

  • wendy

    Yeah, Cage is notoriously broke. He bought a bunch of extremely expensive properties at the height of the real estate bubble, then when the stock market crashed realized he hadn’t paid 3 years of income tax and was underwater on a bunch of mortgages and the IRS has liens on everything. 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    And we trust rich people to manage their money better than poor people because why, again?

  • EllieMurasaki

    We don’t. They just have more margin for error.

  • Jessica_R

    Rayford: Ciaran Hinds (Seriously, he was great as not Bill Clinton in Political Animals so he’d be aces at playing a pompous blowhard who could still find traces of humanity in the character.) 

    Buck: Matt Damon (So he’s obviously going to be likable and an actual journalist this time around.) 

    Chloe: Jennifer Lawrence 

    Bruce: Lance Henriksen 

    Stanton: Gene Hackman 

    Nicolae: Robert Downey Jr. 

    Dirk: Aaron Paul 

    Chaim: Mandy Patikin 

    Verna: Sigourney Weaver 

    Alice: Ellen Page 

  • Tricksterson

    No Hattie?

  • Matri

    Nicolae: Robert Downey Jr.

    *offers money*

  • Erikjohnsonillustrator

    If we can team up “Knowing” Nick Cage as Rayford with “Happening” Mark Wahlberg as Buck, and we may be looking at a movie that can match “Battlefield Earth” for wonderful awfulness. A pity we couldn’t rope in John Travolta to play Nicoale.

  • GeniusLemur

    I thought Nick Cage  was a $20-million-a-movie superstar. How could they possibly afford him?

    And yes, Nick Cage would be horribly miscast as Buck Williams, but in my experience, Nick Cage is horribly miscast as anything other than a 2X4.

  • Grey Seer

    Nicholas Cage as EVERYONE.

    http://niccageaseveryone.blogspot.co.uk/

    Seriously. I would pay money to see Cage playing the antichrist, all of his aides, all of the ‘heroes’ and the various assorted deities at once. It’d need a bit of CGI, but that’s what Hollywood does nowadays.

  • AnonaMiss

    Your pick of Johnny Depp as Nicolae is great, Fred. I never would have thought of it, but he’d be perfect for conveying the Antichrist’s creepy charisma-mojo.

    I gotta say, I don’t know where we could fit him in – Billings is the only character of the right age, but he would need to be played by someone who could do serene – but I’d love to see Clint Eastwood in the film somewhere.

    …Oh god, if only Leslie Nielson were alive. He’d do a killer Pastor Billings.

  • Tricksterson

    Maybe as Nicolae’s rich backer who gets shot?

  • ZackHunt

    Arnold Schwarzenegger really needs to be in this movie too: “Come with me if you want to get to heaven.”

  • AnonymousSam

    Come to think of it, Arnie’s probably the most representative of the Jesus in those books than anyone could ever possibly hope to be.

    Left Behind: Wrath of the Lambinator

  • Tricksterson

    He can play Jesus.

  • Kubricks_Rube

    I’m going all Mad Men:

    Rayford: John Slattery

    Buck: Vincent Kartheiser

    Chloe: Alison Brie

    Hattie: Christina Hendricks

    Bruce: Jarred Harris

    Nicolae: Jon Hamm

    Verna: Elisabeth Moss

    Chaim: Robert Morse

    Amanda: January Jones

    The Witnesses: Michael Gladis and Rich Sommer

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riastlin-Lovecraft/100000678992705 Riastlin Lovecraft

    I dunno why, but…Now I really wanna see Jeremy Irons as Nicolae.

  • PirateAnon

    Jeremy Irons already did ‘Omega Code’, another PMD inspired film, as a henchman, and was indeed the best part of that movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riastlin-Lovecraft/100000678992705 Riastlin Lovecraft

    My quick youtube search didn’t find any scenes with him, but show Micheal Ironside being in the movie too. Is it worth tracking down, or is Jeremy Irons the only good thing in it?

    EDIT: Oh, and Walken would be the perfect antichrist too

  • spinetingler

    Lord Vetinari  with extra mind-mojo!

  • Eamon Knight

    Waddya mean, Buck n’ Ray never do anything? Rayford flies planes while gritting his teeth and not-getting-it-on with Hattie! Buck buys SUVs which he drives on the shoulder! And they both work full-time snubbing every woman in sight! (Except their designated, properly virtuous and low-profile, love-interests).

    Action heroes, both of them!

  • Tybult

    Cage is 48 years old. Cameron played Cameron — Buck Williams, the Greatest Investigative Reporter of All Time  — and the 30-year-old reporter would be a stretch for Cage.

    Nicolas Cage laughs at your pitiful notions of “plausibility.” Nicolas Cage is the bulldozer that rips through the delicate rainforest of acting methodology, paving the way for the Michael Bay Supercenter.

    The only way to not make this movie suck worse than Atlas Shrugged is to shoot the moon. So:

    Buck Williams: Nicolas Cage
    Chloe Steele: Kirsten Stewart
    Rayford Steele: RNC-style Clint Eastwood
    Amanda Steele: Megan Fox
    Nicolae: Christopher Walken at his Walken-est.
    Chaim Rosenweitz: Justin Long
    Tsion Ben-Judah: Fyvush Finkel
    Bruce: Kirk Cameron
    Director: Michael Bay

    You’ve got to take the pile of bullshit, set it on fire, strap monster truck wheels to it, and jump it over a racetrack full of ninjas and tigers.
    It’s the only way.

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ mistformsquirrel

     Now THAT is a movie I would see!

  • Funkula

    Oh wow, Brian Cranston as Rayford. With Aaron Paul as Buck, Anna Gunn as Hattie, Bob Odenkirk as Bruce, and Giancarlo Esposito as Nicolae. No really good candidates for Chloe, unless RJ Mitte in a dress works for you.

    Seriously, I’m just sitting here giggling, imagining Buck busting out with a “Yeah, bitch!”

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    GIANCARLO ESPOSITO WOULD MAKE AN AWESOME NICOLAE. YES. X-D

    Can you tell I’m a huge Breaking Bad fan? Oh, and he plays this awesome army captain guy in Revolutions.

    Oh yeah, and we totally need a Mike Ehrmantraut type. Actually I think Jonathan Banks would do a great Leon Fortunato, if they strip the buffoonery out.

    Now my idea?

    Chaim Rosenzweig: Alan Arkin

    No no nononononono.

    Terence Stamp!

  • http://mordicai.livejournal.com Mordicai

    “But how about Nicolas as Nicolae?  I would enjoy that. I would pay cash money to go and see that in a movie theater.”

    Not sure, but it might be more ethical to buy a ticket to ANOTHER movie & then sneak in to that movie, so your cash isn’t lining the pockets of these folks, right?

  • http://twitter.com/DavidTWeaver David Weaver

    I think my fantasy film casting would be

    Bruce Barnes: Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Rayford Steele: Nathan Fillion

    Buck Williams: Joseph Gordon Levitt

    Hattie Durham: Miranda July

    Chloe Steele: Natalie Portman

    Amanda Steele: Julianne Moore

    Nicolae: Anthony Stewart Head

    Directed by Wes Anderson as a whimsical  multi-narrative take on finding love in the apocalypse. 

  • AnonaMiss

    Oh god my sides you’re right Christopher Walken.

  • Queenisis98

    To all who are saying Christopher Walken: Upon reading the title of this article my first thought was that it’s Christopher Walken who should really play Nicolae Carpathia – preferably with the odd emphasis on the beats of his sentences while reading his lines that he often does, especially during the long public speeches that Nicolae would often give – coupled with Walken’s general creepiness, how awesome would that be?! I’m glad that other people agree with me about it.

  • Tybult

    There’s a scene in “True Romance” where he plays a Sicilian mob boss, and he introduces himself as the Antichrist.

    But I’ll be damned if I can find the clip.

  • Jim Roberts

     I want to hear Christopher Walken’s read on “Azerbaijan” and “Namibia.”

  • Victor

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118061012

    Fred if  our old friend Paul Lalonde of the early ninetees gets Nicolas Cage, I’m sorry but we’re going to go see “IT” and please try to find something nice to say about these guys or “I’M” going to send a few of sinner vic’s cells to pay you a visit for Halloween! Maybe? :)

    I hear ya Fred! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz4vuBm8lr0 :(

    Peace

  • Ursula L

    With the Rapture identified as a disaster and those left behind as survivors, the synopsis of this movie is already better than anything in the existing Left Behind cannon. 

  • Tomas

    As long as we’re wishing for the impossible…

    Build a time machine.  Get the cast and crew of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Set the whole thing to music…

  • vsm

    If our assets contain a time machine, we should get Howard Hawks to direct. He’ll get someone to rewrite it a couple of times until it’s about ace pilot Humphrey Bogart and war correspondent Cary Grant fighting Nazis and being competent and very shippable. Just to mess with everyone’s heads, Lauren Bacall plays Bogart’s daughter. The names will probably be changed, along with everything else, though Ray Steele is exactly the kind of name a Bogart character might have had (he once played a Dixon Steele).

    Alternatively, we could give the story to Billy Wilder, who’d see it as a hilarious farce. Fred MacMurray would be the perfect Rayford Steele, being a peerless interpreter of profoundly unpleasant masculinity. Jack Lemmon plays Buck (“please call me Cameron”) Williams as a hapless everyman stuck in a bizarre prophecy. Kirk Douglas is the Antichrist, dripping smarm. Pamela Tiffin has a great comic turn as Chloe Steele, an initially competent woman whose personality changes completely the moment she says the magic words.

    Hattie Durham, Whore of Babylon, will of course be played by Marilyn Monroe in both films. The Hawks version will be the Nazi general’s cuckoolander moll who helps the heroes at a crucial moment, while the Wilder character will be both hilarious and achingly sad, the only truly human character along with Cameron.

  • Jessica_R

    Aw damnit, I want to see the multiverse(s) where the Hawks and/or Wilder Left Behind regularly play TCM. Don’t forget that Hawks would use Walter Brennan as Stanton, lovable coot office manger of Grant’s paper. And Wilder would slip in William Holden as Bruce, bitter knows too much preacher man, who hates himself for doing the right thing. 

  • Kiba

    Frank-N-Furter as Nicolae. Yes. I just might watch that.

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ mistformsquirrel

    (T_T) I’m now imagining Nicolae doing this song.

    Sadly “Just a sweet po-tent-ate” doesn’t have the same ring.

  • Kiba

    Great minds must think alike ’cause that’s the song that was going through my head when I wrote that. ^_^

  • Claire

    Or how about Uwe Boll directing it?  Low budget AND movie plot having little to nothing to do with the book plot. :)  So it’d be a terrible movie.  It’d be better than the books!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alan-Alexander/502988241 Alan Alexander

    I’ve been toying with an idea for a Rapture themed story for NaNoWriMo. The hook would be that you don’t know it’s a Rapture story until halfway through because it’s only kids and the developmentally disabled who disappear. Most people think it’s aliens, and all the Rightwing Religious LaHaye-types who got left behind with everyone else all categorically deny that  it was the Rapture and instead blame it all on gays and abortionists. Then, halfway through, the protagonists discover that some adult Christians DID disappear, but they amounted to less than .01% of all practicing Christians and no one noticed when a tiny handful of nuns and soup kitchen managers vanished in all the confusion.

  • flat

    Well the good news for Fred is if this movie got made, he might get more visitors for his blog.

  • Chris M

    Ha!  I love all the castings you all have done.  I don’t have one to add, but I did find it curious that the  quote referred to the cast as “survivors of the Rapture.”  Especially after all the discussion by Fred and everyone on whether the rapturees are dead or not.  I wonder if that’s Variety’s take on it or from the press release.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Nicholas Cage has been in nothing but jaw-droppingly misogynistic movies over the past few years. If something has him in it these days, I know it’s going to be a movie largely centered on the worship of penii and hatred of women. So this is perfect casting.

    Oh, he’s also deeply in debt, partly because of his ridiculous collection of cars.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    By the way: Lucy Liu as every white guy. 

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     While I have never especially liked Lucy Liu, I want to go on record right now as saying that her Watson is the only thing I actually like about “Elementary”.

  • http://twitter.com/jonhendry Jonathan W. Hendry

    Rayford Steele: Bruce Campbell

  • reynard61

    “Rayford Steele: Bruce Campbell”

    Have him channelling Ash from Army of Darkness and you’ve got yourself a deal!

  • Wingedwyrm

    Is anybody else thinking of this in terms of rewriting old cartoon characters?  Or new?  I kinda think this deserves the Family Guy treatment more than Star Wars did.  But, how about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Tribulation Team?

  • lovecomesfromlife

    I love all your ideas!  I love that even though you’ve taken literally YEARS breaking down these novels and movies and showing them for all their terrible theology, all their racism and sexism, and all their total lack of artistic sense you can find it within yourself to hope for better.  To see this story take on the shape it was meant to take on.  That’s some serious optimism.

  • PollyAmory

    In light of this news, there is bound to be a renewed interest in the series from a lot of people. So I hope Fred restores the links to the Left Behind compendium that used to be on the sidebar but have either gone away or made harder to locate.

    I can’t think of a better way to get to know the LF universe, without actually reading the wretched books.

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ mistformsquirrel

     Ramen to that ( ._.)b

  • Anton_Mates

    The story will be more in the mold of a classic disaster film. The plot
    unfolds during the first few hours after the Rapture and focuses on the
    survivors.

    So…during the period before it occurs to anyone that this was the Rapture, then?  It’s just a bunch of non-RTCs running around being shattered/desperate/heroic in the midst of a disaster no one has an explanation for?

    I’m a tad unclear on why RTCs would want that movie made.

  • Victor Savard

     Come on PepperjackCandy, just about every body goes by-polar now and then so what’s wrong with Nicolas Cage doing “IT” in the movies where “IT” won’t hurt society besides he’s only human and if that was your family, you might go crazy too!

    I hear ya! Hey folks! Victor’s Back!

    Real cute sinner vic and you make fun out of me, butt don’t you know that “I” just got out

    Darn Victor! You didn’t even tell U>S that you were in! So tell U>S (usual sinners) how long were you in for?

    Give “IT” UP sinner vic cause you know that me, myself and i have just come back from church where we received the body and blood of “Jesus”.

    “Christ”? Tell U>S (usual sinners) all about “IT”. butt on second thought, forget “IT” Victor cause the last thing we gods want to do is open UP another can of worms like the last time. Butt you know what they say, “What doesn’t kill ya, will make ya stronger” butt please, no more bees as shock treatment.

    Victor! Let me tell ya what ya don’t know cause as soon as Fred gives U>S (usual sinning gods) our certified cheque for a Billion, we’re off in our space ship bell time machine with the rest of the aliens cells who have enough money to pay for the trip that is.

    Look Victor! Wake UP! Don’t be so silly like those  apostles of this so called “Jesus” were.

     Even after we had ten of them convinced that they could be number one, they still chose to continue to follow this “Jesus”, butt Victor, I ask ya! Where is HE NOW?

    Victor! Victor! Victor, we gods have been more than fair to HIM, As a matter of fact, I went down to visit HIM over 2012 years ago and what did “IT” get me? Yes, I listened to HIS preaching and to tell ya the truth, He almost had me believing in HIM after HE gave me “ONE” of HIS Complements butt Victor, HE quickly took “IT” all back! Go Figure.

    OK! I’ll bite sinner vic! How did HE do that?

    Victor, I’ll ignore that bite remark for the moment and tell ya that after I explained to HIM that “I” was as good as any of HIS so called followers back then, HE agreed and then tells me that “I” had “ONE” more thing to do and that was for me god to cell, I mean sell everything me gods owned and give “IT” all to the poor and then follow HIM.

    So why didn’t ya do “IT” sinner vic?

    Victor! Wake UP! These alien may have Fred under their spell butt not me gods cause these aliens are last and if “Jesus” has His way, we’ll need to serve not only the humans but these aliens also.  Ha yes! And some of these humans have ungly sins but nothing compared to these aliens.

     Some of these aliens are so ungly that only the love of a good mother on their pay day could help them live a normal life.

    Listen we don’t mind helping these human so called trans vest types but not these alien types cause some of them are just too mean and ungly! Besides they don’t want to be helped and most of them honestly believe that they’re Normal and nothing is wrong with them. Believe “IT” or not that’s why the majority of Kirk’s cells gave UP acting with them.

    You mean Kirk Douglas??

    NO! NO! Not him silly! Don’t be so ignorant Victor! Talk to some of William Shatner imaginary cells and they might be able to set you straight if you know what “I” mean?

    I’ve got to go now Victor!

    So where’s the fire sinner vic?

    “IT’s” in your kitchen on the stove and “IT” is scaring the hell out of your wife so you better get down there before “IT” is too late. Get my drift?

     

    By the way tell Paul Lalonde of faith-oriented banner Cloud Ten Pictures that for a small commission we’ll talk to a few of Mike Douglas reality cells cause we think that he could make a great Anti-Christ too.

    Peace

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    Nathan Fillion as Rayford Steele and Jonah Hill as Buck. 

    I will never be able to unsee this.

    And that is a good thing.

  • spinetingler

     “But how about Nicolas as Nicolae?  I would enjoy that. I would pay cash money to go and see that in a movie theater.”

    As would I.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.maki Jon Maki

    Rayford – As has been selected many times already, and because there seems to be some sort of requirement that he be in everything these days, Bryan Cranston  (I’m not complaining, as he’s great, but seriously, dude is everywhere now.)

    Buck – Mark Wahlberg, with his look of perpetual bewilderment solidly in place

    Chole – Jennifer Lawrence (see my comments about the requirement for Bryan Cranston to be in everything)

    Nicolae – Tom Cruise

    Hattie – Scarlett Johansson (Seriously, if I were the Antichrist, that’s totally who I would choose as my girlfriend…)

    Dirk Burton – Rainn Wilson

    Bruce Barnes – Paul Giamatti

    Steve Plank – Philip Seymour Hoffman

    And Nicolas Cage as Chaim Rosenzweig.  Just imagine it.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    This is off-topic, but I must tell someone.  Also, it is awesome, just like casting a new LB movie.

    Watching the weather forecast on the news just now–weatherperson instructed us to look at “the overhead portion of the sky.”

    The overhead portion of the sky.

    Overhead.

    I just don’t even.

  • http://ifindaudio.blogspot.com/2010/02/joe-hill-sung-by-paul-robeson.html Murfyn

    I haven’t liked Cage in anything since “Raising Arizona.”  He was great in that though.

  • Jessica_R

    Forgot Hattie, and I thought of a few more characters that pop up in the sequels… 

    Hattie: Zoe Saldana 

    Nurse Patty: CCH Pounder 

    Amanda: Angela Bassett 

    Loretta: Ellen Burnstyn 

    Leon(a): Tilda Swinton (Seriously, I want to see Swinton and Downey play scenes off each other.) 

    Cardinal: Carl Reiner 

    Flight Attendant Caroline: Emma Stone 

  • EllieMurasaki

    Hattie: Zoe Saldana

    Now that I would pay money to see. Possibly twice. I have the sneaking suspicion that LaHaye and Jenkins would have heart attacks at the idea of Rayford having romantic interest in a brown person, though, and you know how I’d hate to see bad things happen to them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

    If this movie ever gets made, I think that would be it for humanity as a species. I mean, what else would we have to look forward to? Nothing we do beyond this could ever top that.

  • revrocky210

            PRETRIB RAPTURE VETTING

         “If politicians need
    vetting, so do evangelical ‘rapture’ promoters who make millions palming
    off a 19th century fantasy as Bible fact – a fantasy that’s
    anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Muslim!”
         This is what journalist/historian Dave MacPherson began thinking in 1968.
        
    Since then he’s been vetting those who’ve been trafficking in what is
    known theologically as the “pretribulation rapture” – everyone from John
    Darby to John Walvoord and John Hagee.
         To see just a scrap of
    MacPherson’s voluminous “library” of vetting, Google “The Unoriginal
    John Darby,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Edward
    Irving is Unnerving,” “Walvoord Melts Ice,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),”
    “LaHaye’s Temperament,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not
    Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrets,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” and
    “Pretrib Rapture Politics” (anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and
    anti-Muslim!).
         Or better yet, get his 300-page nonfiction book
    “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books) – a veritable “internet” on
    the long hidden history of this 182-year-old, fringe-British-invented
    pretrib rapture craze!
         BTW, many of MacPherson’s articles are on
    the “End Times Passover” blog owned by Southern California media figure
    Joe Ortiz.

  • Ben English

    Rayford: Joel Murray
    Buck: Seth Rogen
    Chloe: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    Hattie: Diane Kruger
    Carpathia: Nicholas Cage
    Leon: Brad Dourif
    Chaim: Leonard Nimoy
    Fitzhugh: Billy Bob Thornton
    Billings: Samuel L. Jackson
    Bruce: Lawrence Fishburne
    Loretta: Nichelle Nichols
    Amanda: Sigourney WeaverVerna: Ellen DeGeneres

  • Mrs Grimble

    I really like the idea of Jon Hamm playing Nicolea.  No need for mind-control stuff  – his Antichrist would win over the masses with some AWESOME Powerpoint presentations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riastlin-Lovecraft/100000678992705 Riastlin Lovecraft

    *Snaps fingers* Director: Mel Brooks. Because we must ridicule the absurd so it will never be taken seriously again…shit, did I just Godwin this thread? :S

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30319652 Tim Lehnerer

    I want to see Dick Miller playing the Antichrist.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    Supporting characters:

    Leon Fortunato: Steve Schirripa

    Viv Ivins: Betty White

    “Mac” MacCullem: Damian Lewis

    Leah Rose:  Catherine Tate

    David Hassid: James McAvoy

    Annie Christopher: Michelle Williams

    Hannah Palemoon: Rachelle White Wind Arbez

    Chang Wong: Haruma Miura

    Ming Wong Toy Woo:  Yang Mi

    Tiffany (David’s assistant):  Amanda Seyfried

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Chang Wong: Haruma Miura

    he’s cute. :P

    Seriously though, James McAvoy for Hayseed? he doesn’t have the cute-douchebag look that I imagine Hayseed has because he’s, well, a douchebag.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    The way I figure it, he’s cute and a good actor.  So I’m betting he could play a charming douchebag.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Hmmm. If I had to pick cute, charming, arrogant douchebag types I’d probably cast, hmm….

    Well, I guess Hayden Christensen or Alex Pettyfer could probably pull it off. :)

  • EllieMurasaki

    David Hassid: James McAvoy

    I can’t remember whether Hassid’s Israeli or not. If he is, I know there are Israeli actors who speak English. Only one I can think of offhand is Alona Tal, though…actually Alona Tal as Deborah Hassid would be highly entertaining. And also likely to give LaHaye and Jenkins heart attacks.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    Hayseed is Polish, but of Israeli ancestry. * **

    *I remember this because it is actually a Very Important Plotpoint later on.

    ** Despite being Polish and, by his own admission, never having set foot in the U.S., he is read with an American accent in the audio versions.

  • VMink

    Can we get Eddie Izzard as Guy Blod?

  • Jay

    How about Travolta as Rayford and Samuel Jackson as Bruce Barnes, with dialogue by Quentin Tarantino?  It would make all the damn phone calls soooo much more watchable.

  • Parisienne

    I feel like Jeff Goldblum should be in it, on account of how much of his career can be summed up as “stereotypical Jewish guy”. I thought of him for Chaim first, but actually I think he needs to be cast as Tsion ben Judah (AKA Jewy McJewstein the Jew).

  • http://profiles.google.com/vlowe7294 Vaughn Lowe

    Cage’s character in “Lord of War” was one of the most evil people in existence… and yet he somehow managed to get you to root for him.  Perfect Nicholae.  I’d go see that movie, if for nothing else than the apoplectic fit that it’d give L&J.


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