Movie adoptions of famous video games have always been a touchy subject in the past. Movies such as Doom and Super Mario Bros being a failure both as movies and in recreating the game world on the big screen. While video games often have professional voice acting and brilliantly written characters and stories a lot of this doesn’t translate to a movie. The biggest issue most fans have is the actors chosen for the film. Image is incredibly important when it comes to characters and in most cases voice actors from games look nothing like the characters they voice, a good voice actor doesn’t always mean a good movie actor.
While image plays a major role in the cast of a video game movie the actors voice also counts for quite a bit and this is where it gets difficult. Finding a lookalike isn’t too difficult but finding an actor who looks like the character and can act and sound like the character is very difficult. Unfortunately this is where the compromise must be made when it comes to movies based on games.
These lineups will likely never see the light of day, but if they do we have an actor wishlist ready to go for some video game movies.
Aaron Paul – Cole MacGrath(Infamous)
Acting the role of Cole from Infamous is a big jump from being Jessie Pinkman but after seeing his ability to act it shouldn’t be a problem. He ticks all 3 boxes to be able for the role. He looks quite similar to Cole, he could definitely make his voice sound like Cole (not that that’s a particularly difficult task) and he is a very talented actor. Infamous seems like the kind of game that would translate quite well to the cinema in terms of a dude finding out he has powers and big aliens attacking a city. There would need to be a lot of work done to create a good script but the idea is there and it would be great to see Aaron Paul in a role like this. Electricity Bitch!!
Dave Batista – Marcus Fenix (Gears of War)
The immediate reaction to this is Dave Batista is a WWE actor and 9 times out of 10 these guys suck when they are cast in movies but just think about the character that is Marcus Fenix. He is a brute of a field soldier, he isn’t super intelligent he’s nothing more than a big muscled brute of a soldier. Sounds like a role a WWE actor could play quite well. Batista does share a strong similarity to Marcus and he is also physically built for the job, so why not? who needs the Hammer of Dawn when you can hit that mother fucker with a steel chair!
Melissa Rauch – Bayonetta
This one might be a little difficult to picture at first due to the fact that there are no pictures around of Melissa Rauch with black hair. If you picture her with black hair and glasses we have a winner!
The role of Bayonetta is a difficult one as she is a total nut job! The actor will need some decent physical strength to pull off some nice acrobatic moves along with being able to get across that whole slutty stripper vibe Bayonetta gives off.
Dylan McDermott – Alan Wake
Alan wake is a funny one when it comes to actors. The image of Alan Wake is based of an actual actor called Ilkka Villi. He did not voice Alan Wake, I am assuming since he is from Finland that he had a Finnish accent and wasn’t too good at putting on an American accent.
For anyone who is a fan of American Horror Story they will recognise Dylan from various roles he has played in the show. Not only does he share a resemblance with Alan Wake but he does sound quite a lot like him when it comes to the voice. Playing Alan Wake would be quite a difficult role as its a very emotional game but it would be interesting to see how it might work out.
Jennifer Lawrence – Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Tomb raider is a movie that has been done already and Angelina Jolie played the role as she does have a strong resemblance to the old Lara. The new Lara is a more natural every day kind of woman. Some people might miss the big lips and massive boobs but when you consider putting Jennifer Lawrence in the boots of Lara it might change your mind. After seeing her in Hunger Games she will definitely fit the role perfectly.
Nathan Fillion – Nathan Drake (Uncharted)
This one has been subject to a lot of arguments over the internet when Mark Walberg was cast as Nathan Drake in the once planned Uncharted movie. There couldn’t be an actor more perfect for the role of Nathan Drake. For those who have seen Firefly its hard not to see the similarities between Malcolm Reynolds and Nathan Drake.
Nathan Fillion would be able to play the role of Drake perfectly, he also shares a likeness and his name is Nathan too, It’s a match made in heaven!
While Nathan Fillion is hands down the perfect man for the job there is another actor who shares such a likeness with drake that its worth a mention. David Boreanaz looks a lot like a real life version of Nathan Drake.
Jason Momoa – Kratos
Kratos is a very powerful character who is made up more of his physical image than his personality. Jason Momoa as Kahl Drogo is quite similar to Kratos when it comes to Drogos whole physical strength and having a strong intimidating presence when he is in a scene. Momoa is built like a tank so he definitely has the strength to wield the Blades of Athena!