A movie that encapsulates magic the gathering would take forever to make, right? Well not to worry giant Hollywood studio that is certainly reading this, I have done all the casting for you already. I await my check.
The Elevator Pitch
Magic the Gathering is a hot property right now, it is a game that is played all over the world and has spawned a huge amount of products including video games. So what’s the next step? Why a giant summer film, of course. It’s like Harry Potter dialed up to 11, it’s like Seven Samurai if they were all Gandalf-level magic badasses. It’s like Die Hard with Magic.
The old wars have been forgotten, but one creature still remembers, Nicol Bolas, the elder dragon. Now he travels the multiverse gathering unwitting pawns to his dark designs. Who will stand against him? Reluctantly a new breed of planeswalkers arises. Their styles and magic are as different as can be, but they will have to work together to crush this ancient evil.
Here we go, try not to hurt yourself as the awesomeness of this list washes over you.
Amanda Seyfried as Elspeth Tirel
The Survivor of a world destroyed by a dark force, Elspeth is no stranger to the fight against evil. She seeks a world untouched by darkness, but Nicol Bolas and his subjects threaten the peace she so desperately seeks. Key to playing her would be an outer strength and inner vulnerabilty. Something I feel Amanda Seyfried could easily deliver. Besides we already know she looks good in a hood.
John Cho as Jace Beleren
Jace Beleren is too clever for his own good, he is a little cocky and has a lot of confidence in his ability to deceive and manipulate others. John Cho can deliver this, we know he can play smart, and if you saw him in How I Met Your Mother, you know he can play conniving.
Bradley Cooper as Sorin Markov
Sorin Markov is a vampire and a planeswalker, which makes him alluring, powerful and dangerous. Bradley Cooper is currently walking the line between drama action and comedy, and I think that’s a good thing. He could really shine as the self-interested ancient. Besides, look at those piercing blue eyes, am I right ladies?
Dwayne Johnson as Garruk
Garruk is a hunter, a man of action and someone who is in touch with his feral side. Who better to play him than Dwayne Johnson? He’s got the build and the voice all he needs is the helmet.
Emma Stone as Chandra Nalaar
This is really a no-brainer. Much like Jace, Chandra often gets herself into trouble, but unlike Jace, she gets herself out of it by blowing things up. Feisty Emma Stone would be a great fit for the Planeswalking Pyromaniac.
Rory Cochrane as Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan Vol was once a fierce dragon-shaman, but he has been under Bolas’ control for so long that he has been driven mad. Rory Cochrane certainly has the chops to play that and if you saw him in A Scanner Darkly, I think you’d agree.
Olivia Wilde as Liliana Vess
Dark, Mysterious and Captivating, Liliana Vess is one of the oldest planeswalkers around, although you wouldn’t know it to look at her. She is biding her time until she can usurp Nicol Bolas’ power and become powerful enough to destroy those who would oppose her. Olivia Wilde has more than proven that she is an action girl and although we usually see her on the side of good, it would be intriguing to see her play bad for a change.
Keith Powell As Tezzeret
Hear me out on this one. Tezzeret is a brilliant artificer and magician, but his quest for knowledge has gone awry and now he finds himself under Bolas’ control. We know Keith Powell can play smart and articulate, it would only take a little more to bring life to a character reluctantly using his brilliance while seeking his freedom.
David Kaye as (The Voice of) Nicol Bolas
Wait who? Yes, David Kaye is a voice over artist that has been around for a long time, but in my mind, the most amazing work he has ever done was as the voice of Megatron in Beast Wars. He would bring Nicol Bolas a gravitas that few others could achieve. His voice stylings could get us what we want from our big bad: Strength, ferocity and charm.
That’s a Wrap
I believe that Magic: The Gathering is still in its infancy as a property and that soon we’ll start hearing a lot more about it in the mainstream media. But until then we’ll just have to settle with pretending like we’re casting Gwen Stacy for three-and-a-red.
Oh yeah, and I do realize that I didn’t include EVERY planeswalker here. Gotta leave some for the sequel, right?