Jedi Morningfire wrote:
Knowing how Hollywood thinks, they'd probably put The Rock in the role of Duke. Which considering the guy actually has some acting chops, might not be as horrible as Brad Pitt's turn as Achilles in Troy.
Cobra Commander: Somebody with a very eccentric voice, but not immediately recognizable. Would have to be able to work behind a mask with no facial expressions visible. William DaFoe? I've heard Hugo Weaving did great work as V, but his voice is too recognizable due to "Mr. Anderson."
Snake-Eyes: An in-his-prime martial arts expert. Don't have to worry about voice since Snake-Eyes can't speak. If I remember right, a few of the actors on the older versions of Power Rangers were actual martial artists, so they might fit the bill.
Scarlett: Milla Jovavich seems to play a lot of roles that are kung-fu heroine, so she'd make a decent fit. Kate Beckinsale would work too.
Baroness: Again, have to be a hot actress that can pull off a convincing (not wince-inducing) Eastern European accent. Nothing comes to mind.
Actually...I'm thinking maybe Milla would work better as the baroness on account of being Eastern European by descent. Since you also mentioned Beckinsale, she might be good as Baroness visually (she's accustomed to leather these days...) but I don't like it when she does eastern european accents...Or hell, maybe even Angelina.
I think they should try to establish Scarlet as a slightly younger character. Not a rookie by any means, but more like a mid-level character who still makes mistakes, but is seasoned enough to be able to atone for the mistakes she made in the past (poor Snake-Eyes...). I realyreallyreally wanna say Scarlett Johanssen because she already has the scarlet part going on...She hasn't done much in the way of action material, but then again, she's got an amazon flick coming up which will likely involve combat training. And after all, Angelina Jolie didn't know squat about action until she signed on for Tomb Raider. Scarlett's gotta start somewhere.
The Rock as Duke would really be a visual departure. That might work, but the Rock wasn't terribly convincing as a military man in Doom. Luckily, Duke doesn't have to be a huge powerfully built dude, though. Maybe Viggo Mortensen or Matthew McConnaghey.
Also, are they gonna have Snake-eyes, hawk and Stalker be veterans of the Vietnam War as in the comic? or are they gonna do a "youthful update" and have them be Gulf War vets instead? It might change the character dynamic a great deal if they do.
Assuming they stay with the Nam, maybe cast Delroy Lindo as Stalker. Or if they wanna go younger, maybe Dennis Haysbert And Ed Harris as Hawk. maybe even Michael Biehn as Hawk. Both can do military roles in their sleep. The beauty of Snake-Eyes, of course, is the mask and the silence. They could cast anyone, regardless of the actor's race or ethnicity. It'd be great if they could find someone versed in actual ninja skills, but if not, Tony Jaa from ong Bak might be a good choce.
Cobra Commander...how cheesy do they wanna go with him? He was an absurd villain in the cartoon, with that crazy-ass Starscream voice. But if that guy is still alive, they could have him do voiceover for whoever is behind the mask. If they wanna do a new take of Cobra Commander, however, all bets are off.
Roadblock...how about Michael Duncan Clarke? Of course, he's typecast as a big huge guy...because he's...a big huge guy.