Casting Call: Captain Planet
It was recently announced that Cartoon Network is joining forces with production company Angry Filmworks to begin development of a live-action Captain Planet movie, based on the popular environmental superhero animated series from the 1990s. Now that our nostalgic heartstrings have all been tugged it’s time to think about who we want to star in a live-action Captain Planet film.
Ron Perlman as Captain Planet
Ron Perlman is the quintessential action adventure movie guy. His characteristic look, voice, and demeanor would be perfect for the hulking Captain Planet.
Rupert Grint as Wheeler
Rupert Grint has been kind of MIA since Harry Potter ended and needs a kickstarter. His loveable expressions and fiesty personality would be perfect for Wheeler.
Luis Armand Garcia as Ma-Ti
Garcia was adorable on George Lopez and hasn’t done anything since. Now that he’s a little older he’d be perfect to play the team’s most lovable member.
Ellen Wong as Gi
Ellen Wong is spunky and cute, just like Gi and has done enough fun films that she would probably fit right in with this one.
Edi Gathegi as Kwame
Gathegi is perhaps best known for his role in X-Men: First Class in which he proved he can play a smart and tough hero; just like Kwame.
Emma Bell as Linka
Emma Bell is a capable actress who shows up here and there in movies and TV but has yet to have a role that defines her. Linka could be that role.
Vanessa Williams as Gaia
Gaia is the glue that holds the team together and the force that keeps them going. She is beautiful, regal and strong, just like Vanessa Williams.
So who do you think should be in a Captain Planet movie?
Perlman as Captain Planet…great pick!
I like your picks here. I’m quite concerned that they are turning it into a movie, however. This cartoon worked wonderfully for the context of the 90’s (when I grew up). To take something created in the 90s and turn it into something modern, that not only captures the history of the cartoon, but also contributes to the modern day context and connects with a broad range of viewers may be troublesome. I feel like it may just become another Avatar, trying to contribute to the green movement in cliche ways.
Great cast choices, especially for Gi and Ma-ti!! Count me in. GOOOOO PLANET!
I always thought of Cpt Planet as a younger guy, like an early 90s Sting (the wrestler). Don’t get me wrong, Ron Perlman is the tits milk, but I think he’s too old. Vanessa Williams as Gaia, on the other hand, is a grand slam.
The choice of Emma Bell was inspired. But I always pictured Captain Planet as a dashing clean cut hero. Perlman is awesome and I’ll watch anything with him in it, but I always pictured someone like Brendan Frasier or a young Cary Elwes actors who have the classic leading man qualities with a certain tongue-in-cheek style as Captain Planet.