So the timewasting exercise of the blog strikes again as I give you my ideal casting for the Shadow Legion and related people. To wit, it’s time to cast Alan Dennings, The Ferryman.
The thing about The Ferryman is that he’s a man of influence who, due to tragic circumstances, gains an ability that, as we’ll learn as the saga of the Legion continues, is going to drive him a little nuts. Besieged by the spirits of the newly murdered, he is driven to avenge them and silence the howling in his head. So we’d need somebody who’s classy but a little off, as if something will snap at any time.
Now onto the here and now....
There was one actor who I had considered who turned out to be too old, so I ended up going with 39 year old Irish actor Cillian Murphy for the role. Ever since I first saw him in the Wes Craven trifle Red Eye, I’ve always been struck by
the way Murphy is good looking but...off. A lot of it is, of course, those far away eyes of his that always make me think he’s plotting something unsavory. More importantly, we’ve seen him play sober and serious as well as massively deranged--in the case of Batman Begins, in the very same movie! I can easily see him slowly transitioning from urbane socialite to tortured avenger over the course of a movie until the point where he’s actively scary.
Incidentally, given that my first two casting choices were in their late 30‘s, I’m thinking I may have to adjust my requirements upwards so everyone can appear to be, well, peers.
Do you agree? Disagree? Have another idea? Let me know.