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.
Here are our picks for a The Proposition remake!
Ben Foster | Charlie Burns
What you might have seen him in: 3:10 to Yuma, Leave no Trace, The Punisher
Why he’d be perfect for the role: A man of principles but with very loose morals, Charlie Burns is a man at the center of two extremes, that being the hard but fair Captain Stanley and the cold-blooded and ruthless Arthur. He seems to want to walk the path of a good man but can’t seem to manage doing it without bodies being left in his wake. He’s a complicated soul who just wants to take care of his brother, by any means necessary. Foster could do that kind of role in his sleep. He’s shown over the course of his career that he’s adept at playing villains and roles like The Punisher and the recent Leave No Trace demonstrate he can play both sweet and caring and also protective and unpredictable, all character traits that fundamentally makeup Charlie Burns.
Mel Gibson | Captain Stanley
What you might have seen him in: Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, Blood Father
Why he’d be perfect for the role: You would think that since Ray Winstone played Captain Stanley, he’d be the biggest badass in the film but the role is actually more nuanced than that. Playing against type, Winstone gives an understated performance, so much so, that he never once fires his gun. He’s a man of the law who isn’t afraid of the dangerous outback or the outlaws therein but he won’t sink to their level to stop them. If he was more violent, Mel Gibson would be the perfect person to play him, which is exactly why I think he should. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gibson give a real performance and I think this role is the perfect showcase for his talents.
Ray Stevenson | Arthur Burns
What you might have seen him in: Punisher: War Zone, Kill the Irishman, Rome
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Arthur Burns is a bit of an enigma. Outside of being the main character’s brother, very little is revealed about him. We know he’s the head of a gang that Charlie used to be a part of and we know he’s extremely dangerous. That’s about it and Danny Huston’s performance doesn’t really give us much to go on either. He plays him like a soft-spoken ghost who haunts the outback and leaves every location he visits a new graveyard. His danger is only ever hinted at, never explicitly shown. I think it’s that quality that Stevenson would nail. Just by looking at him, you could tell he’s a bad mofo; he has a look about him that reads killer and that’s exactly Arthur needs. A guy that doesn’t need to kill everyone in every scene for you to know that he could, you’d just have to look at him and you’d know.
Colin Farrell | Jellon Lamb
What you might have seen him in: Daredevil, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Lamb doesn’t have much screen time nor does he do much in the film but Hurt makes every second count. He holds your attention like only he could, so to replace him, you’d need another actor with that same kind of screen presence. Farrell isn’t as good an actor (few are) but, like Hurt, can do a lot with a little. You give him a five-minute role and he’ll give you an unforgettable character.
Paul Dano | Eden Fletcher
What you might have seen him in: There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine, Okja
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying Dano has probably the most punchable face in Hollywood. There’s something about that mug that makes you wanna hit it, which makes him the perfect choice to play Eden Fletcher, a man who’s sole purpose in the film is to make the audience hate him. David Wenham infused the character with the perfect amount of detestability but as good as he was, Dano could be even more hatable with even less effort.
Levi Miller | Mike Burns
What you might have seen him in: Pan, Better Watch Out, A Wrinkle in Time
Why he’d be perfect for the role: There’s honestly not much to Mike as a character outside of his capture as being the inciting incident and that he cries a lot. Frankly, based on his performance in Better Watch Out, I think Miller would be wasted in a role like this but if you beef it up and add more scenes between him and Foster, it has the potential to be a really great character.
Charlie Hunnam | Samuel Stoat
What you might have seen him in: Sons of Anarchy, Cold Mountain, Children of Men
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Hunnam is not a leading man. Because of Sons of Anarchy and because he’s good looking, Hollywood keeps trying to put him front and center and that’s not where he belongs. He belongs in the background, doing weird and interesting things. Cold Mountain proved he could be menacing, Children of Men showed he could disappear into a role and Green Street Hooligans (arguably his best performance) is the best example of my theory. Which is that he absolutely dominates as a supporting player. You give Hunnam an evil henchman like Stoat to play and he could easily knock it out of the park.
Laura Linney | Martha Stanley
What you might have seen her in: The Truman Show, Mystic River, Ozark
Why she’d be perfect for the role: Martha doesn’t have a huge part to play in the film and outside of one particularly grisly scene, she doesn’t have much to do either. She’s mostly there to humanize Captain Stanley and to provide the film with at least one decent person in the cast. Emily Watson did a fantastic job of bringing that character to life and imbuing it with a genuine heart. I think it would be disingenuous for me to say that she’s the emotional center of the film and that it’s her relationship with Captain Stanley that gives the film it’s the heart but with an actress like Linney, it could be.
Jeremy Saulnier | Director
What you might have seen him direct: Green Room, Blue Ruin
Why he’s perfect to direct: If you have seen a Saulnier movie then you know why he’s perfect to direct this. He directs despicable characters doing despicable things with brutal moments of violence that linger in your head long after his movies are over. He could easily match the kind of gritty and nasty nature of John Hillcoat’s original.
Alright, there are Double Impact’s casting choices! Do you agree or want to see other actors in these roles? Let us know in the comments!