Casting Call: Mass Effect

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This week’s Casting Call takes a look at the popular Xbox 360 RPG of 2007, Mass Effect. Due to the fact that the game allows the player to create their own character, we have used the standard character that is used for the games protagonist, Shepard.

Mass Effect has a lot of potential to be a great space epic. With the games planned as a trilogy as well as a prequel novel that was released before the game, there is a deep story and a great setting set in place for a new franchise to reach out to all the kids that missed the Star Trek and Star Wars bandwagon.

So then, who will be cast as the leading roles. The full image and cast after the jump.

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Commander Jack Shepard: Matthew Fox

Many people agree that if there is any actor out there who fits the role of Commander John Shepard, it’s Matthew Fox. That’s right, the guy from the TV series “Lost” that already plays a character similarly named Jack Shepard. Now that’s what I call experience. To make things even more interesting, take a look at who we decided would be a great actress to play the part as Gunnery Sergeant Ashley Williams.

Ashley Williams: Evangeline Lilly

More of those Lost people eh? Yes that’s right because Evangeline is talented, smoking hot and looks the part as well. Not only that, but the above duo have proved that they have great chemistry on screen. Starts to make you wonder if J.J. Abrams should be at the helm of this film.

Liara T’soni: Jillian Murray

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What kind of a movie would this be without a love triangle? It is then imperative that we add another character to the mix. In the role of Liara, also known as “that blue prostitute that I saw on Fox News”, we have cast the very woman who voiced the character in the game. Jillian Murray is an upcoming actress that has already worked on quite a few movies already. If she looks the part, has talent and also happens to have the exact same voice as the character in the videogame, we can’t go wrong now can we?

The End… or is it?

Due to the fact that more than half of the characters in Mass Effect would be created using CGI or big strange suits, I have left them out. However, there are still a couple of Mass Effect characters that could feature in the film so I am tinkering with the idea of doing additional Casting Calls where I revisit some of the movies/games already done to add more of the cast.

Leave your comments and suggestions below.

Last Updated: May 21, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • Etienne Vlok

    I can do better for Sheperd:

    http://ui23.gamespot.com/2166/ewwwtf_2.jpg

    Mark Vanderloo, the Dutch model used for the character model for Sheperd.

    Yeah, yeah, he’s not an actor. Just mentioning it.

  • Etienne Vlok

    http://ui23.gamespot.com/2166/ewwwtf_2.jpg

    Mark Vanderloo as Sheperd.

    He’s actually the model they used for the default Sheperd. 🙂

    I know, he’s not an actor. Thought it was worth mentioning, though.

  • Etienne Vlok

    Google image search for Mark Vanderloo. He’s actually the guy they used as the model for default Sheperd. Not an actor, I know, but he DEFINITELY looks the part.

    (Why are all my previous comments disappearing, by the way?)

  • LazySAGamer

    sorry the spam filter has gone into overdrive since we moved up the rankings…

    I have released the comments and now it looks like you have a stutter 😕

  • Etienne Vlok

    Or an idiot. 😉

  • Or like you’ve just got a bit of a thing for Mark Vanderloo 😛

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  • Etienne Vlok

    Shhhhhhhh!

  • Ye ye I know about Mark Vanderloo, but this oke is a straight up Model, not an actor. For the movie he would have to memorise in excess of 10 words, which could be a problem, so he is OUT.

  • He could just lip sync to the actual game dialogue . …?

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  • StigSmash

    Man I really enjoy casting call!!!

    I would dig to see what you think about some of the other characters in Mass Effect!

  • Travis

    I just finished the game this morning, which prompted me to search for any film news, because you know if a game gets rave reviews, a movie’s on the way. If a movie does get made, I think they should stick to the basic story of the game. A great marketing tool would be to have fans vote online to what they want Shepard to be: Earthborn, Colonist, or spacer; sole survivor, war hero, or ruthless; and of course the classes. From there the team behind the movie can lay the groundwork for what will and won’t be in the game seeing as how there’s many different routes the player can go.

    Director-Zack Snyder
    Snyder hasn’t done sci-fi, but I believe the guy can do anything he sets his mind to. As we’ve seen from his films, he stays close to the source material and his style would fit the Mass Effect universe greatly. He’s also the master of slo-mo, meaning awesome use of biotics like “throw,” and remember the sex scene in 300?…you know where I’m going with this

    Commander Shepard- Chris Evans
    Evans has proven himself a great actor and he’s gotten familiar with action roles as of late. He embodies the default appearance but also brings his own look to the role, which isn’t bad considering Shepard can look like whatever the player wants him to look like.

    Ashley Williams-Olivia Wilde
    I know she wouldn’t be everybody’s first pick…hell, she doesn’t even “look” the part…but she resembles Williams enough to play her. Google images of her: some will make you say to yourself “what is this guy thinking,” but others will make you say “maybe he’s got something.” She’s shown she can play a feisty female who doesn’t put up with crap in House and this could be a major turning point in her career if the project is handeled well

    Joker-Seth Green
    He voices him in the game…and he’s an actor…no brainer

    Captain Anderson-Keith David
    Same reason as Seth Green for Joker

    Liara T’Soni-Kristen Bell
    Bell has lent her features to games before(Assassin’s Creed), so why not a game adaptation? Add in the fact that she dressed up as Princess Leia in Fanboys, and she’s pretty much every nerds fantasy at the moment…complete their wishes, Kristen

  • Travis

    *From there the team behind the movie can lay the groundwork for what will and won’t be in the MOVIE(not game) seeing as how there’s many different routes the player can go.

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