Nothing gets a conversation and/or debate going faster than an alternate casting. Everyone has their own opinion about what actor should play which role and more importantly, nobody can ever agree with anyone else’s picks. If it’s even slightly different than what you pictured in your head, you will immediately disregard it and ridicule the person who suggested it. The aim of the FanCast is to inspire conversation, create debate, and provide ammo for the bloodthirsty nerds who can’t ever be wrong.
Recently, Double Impact revisited 1987’s dystopian action film The Running Man starring massive action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger. We decided to FanCast a remake with actors from today. We wanted to trim some fat and go with more of a serious tone with actors and a director that will help give us the action story this movie deserves. Here are our picks!
Herny Cavill | Ben Richards
What you might have seen him in: Man of Steel, Mission Impossible: Fallout
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Wanted someone who could be physical and serious. As a former police pilot, Cavill will bring some gravity to someone who has been framed and falsely imprisoned while having to deal with being hunted by sadistic killers for entertainment. He will be able to use brute force and smarts when needed to survive. Ben has to go from the hunted to the hunter while trying to figure out a way to not only live through this but also get some revenge. Henry Cavill will bring the same physicality as Arnie but without the cheesy one-liners.
Moon Bloodgood | Amber Mendez
What you might have seen her in: Terminator Salvation, Faster, The Sessions
Why she’d be perfect for the role: No offense to Maria Conchita Alonso but Amber Mendez is the fucking worst. She shrieks more than a howler monkey and is as useless as nipples on a fish. So to make her more important to the plot, we eliminated the two assholes that follow Ben Richards around and cast an actress that can hold her own against anything the film throws at her. Bloodgood was easily the best thing about Terminator Salvation and showed real acting chops in the film The Sessions. Frankly, she’s too good for this movie.
Eddie Murphy | Damon Killian
What you might have seen him in: Dolemite Is My Name, Beverly Hills Cop
Why he’d be perfect for the role: I love Eddie Murphy so much and with his resurgence into more mature content, we believe he would make a perfect Damon Killian. Eddie can play the game show host with the big smile, kissing babies, and signing autographs part easily enough but to have him turn on the slimy behind the camera cut-throat businessman will be where he will shine. Killian goes from being a thoughtful celebrity to firing a janitor behind his back for simply doing his job in Killian’s path. Eddie will be able to turn on that charm in front of the camera, then become the devil in a split second and I’m here for that.
Terry Crews | Subzero
What you might have seen him in: The Expendables, Deadpool 2, Brooklyn 99
Why he’d be perfect for the role: The stalkers need to be huge and/or memorable, so going with the best wrestlers working today would make the most sense, but instead of going with the obvious picks like Bray Wyatt or Nathan Jones or whoever, we decided to focus on memorable and huge for this pick. Terry Crews is as big as any wrestler and has as much charisma as any comedic actor. But he can also be a great bad guy when given the chance like his villainous turn in the film Gamer.
Adam Scherr aka Braun Strowman | Buzzsaw
What you might have seen him in: WWE, Holmes & Watson
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Standing at 6’8″ and 385 pounds, Scherr is just a big ol slab of meat that doesn’t have to do much but growl and grunt while fighting Ben Richards. He will tower over Cavill and be a huge threat and a physical presence unlike anyone else on the screen in this movie. He is a perfect Buzzsaw who will seem like a legitimate threat.
Bishop Briggs | Dynamo
What you might have seen her in: This would be her debut
Why she’d be perfect for the role: Besides his rotund stature and electrical powers, the defining characteristic of Dynamo is his opera singing. It’s the most memorable thing about him, so that’s the thing we zeroed in on. But instead of going opera, we decided a punk rocker chick would be more interesting. While not exactly punk, Bishop Briggs still has that same type of energy and presence and we think she’d bring something new and interesting to the role.
Michael Jai White | Fireball
What you might have seen him in: Black Dynamite, Spawn, The Dark Knight
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Among the top five most underrated action stars working today, Michael Jai White can do anything. He’s done comedy, he’s done drama, he’s been a romantic lead and he can clearly kick an enormous amount of ass. He’s being wasted in direct-to-video trash and Tyler Perry garbage. He needs to be a badass again and while Fireball isn’t the biggest role, he’s good enough to make it memorable.
Arnold Schwarzeneggar | Captain Freedom
What you might have seen him in: The Terminator, The Running Man
Why he’d be perfect for the role: This actually makes a lot of sense here because Captain Freedom is a retired Stalker who is like an old football player who is now in the announcer’s booth. He comes out of retirement once all the stalkers are killed by Ben Richards to try and return to his old glory. Arnold is still an imposing individual who could stand toe to toe with Henry Cavill with some well-done editing and cheating like in the original.
Chad Stahelski | Director
What you might have seen him in: John Wick Series
Why he’d be perfect for the role: As of now, Stahelski hasn’t done much outside of John Wick so we think he would be the right fit here to bring the serious but fun action we want. He has the ability to develop characters while giving us exhilarating action sequences. There is a neon 80s touch to his updated and sleek John Wick films that begs for him to touch up a film ripe for a remake today. We don’t need a message or political view here. Just give us snapping limbs and cool kills in an exciting way.
That’s who we would FanCast, what about you?