If I were casting Infected as a movie …
.. or TV show. (Really, I think this was made for the serial format, but what do I know?)
I was talking with a friend, and we decided to “cast” this imaginary project. So I thought just for fun I’d share my idea of what it would look like, if I were the god and could make this happen.
For whatever reason, I had the hardest time casting the leads. The secondary characters were damn easy, but Roan and Paris? In fact, I haven’t cast Paris at all – my friend suggested a name, so I’ve included him. She didn’t like my idea for Roan, feeling he isn’t big enough, but had no suggestion of her own. So that’s all noted.
Here’s my idea (and one of hers):
Roan: Holy shit, was this a hard one. I’m still not one hundred percent sold on it, but I think Tom Hardy, with green contacts and dyed hair, would make a pretty good Roan. (My friend disagrees. She feels he’s not tall enough.)
Paris: Again, I had no idea for this one. The actor would have to be not only extremely handsome, but super charismatic. But my friend did, and suggested Hugh Jackman for it. I like him, and god knows he’s attractive and charismatic, so maybe. He’d have to be older than Roan, though. (But that doesn’t actually matter to the story, so why not?)
Again, these were the easiest for me to cast, for whatever reason. These aren’t all, just a handful to give you the idea that I would put together a batshit insane cast.
Eli: The sleazy cult leader/trust fund brat with a penchant for barely legal girls had to be magnetic as well, and if at all possible a bit feline looking. A bit of random searching brought up Chad Allen, who honestly is perfect. There’s an added meta comment in the fact that he’s a gay actor playing a defiantly straight man who’s not really down with the gays.
Holden: Yes, he comes up later in the stories, but I had the perfect actor in mind for him: Dylan Vox. Perhaps a tad too on the nose as an ex-porn actor, but I don’t care.
Dylan: Poor, sweet Dylan had to be attractive, but not overwhelmingly so, and had to have a sort of serenity to him, as he is very much the sane anchor of these stories. I thought Matthew Montgomery might not be a bad choice.
Gordo: This one is a no brainer as far as I’m concerned. J.K. Simmons. The guy’s gold in anything he’s cast in anyways.
Dropkick Murphy: This one I admit I’m just casting for sentimental reasons. Peta Wilson. I love Peta, and she seems to have jut disappeared. Come back, Peta! Grunged up and with dark hair, she’d make a great Dropkick.
Seb: Another choice of a person I just like, Jerry Minor. Yes, he’s a comedian, but I still think he’d be fabulous as Gordo’s taciturn partner.
Matt: The motormouth, pierced addict with horrible taste in men is just crying out to be played by Aaron Paul. Don’t ask me why, but it just seems to fit.
Dee: This was a toughie, but I think Christian Vincent just may be he guy to portray Roan’s sarcastic ex.
Randi: Admittedly, too on the nose and a meta joke (as is mentioned in Infected: Prey, she hates it when people compare her to Margaret Cho), but why not Margaret Cho as the slightly punky accountant?
You know, given enough time, I could probably give you other ideas, such as who would play Fiona (how about Christina Hendricks?) but I fear I’ve thought about this too much already. But it’s kind of fun.