Fact: Whenever I hear someone talking about the upcoming Joan Jett biopic, I get super-excited. Then I realize it isn’t about the real Runaways. But, rumor has it that a movie based on Marvel’s popular series may, in fact, be on the way. I can’t begin to tell you how happy I’d be to see a feature film based on Runaways: the story of six kids who learn that their parents are honest-to-god supervillains and how they band together to defeat them.
I think it’s probably a no-brainer that the movie should be based on the first arc of the series. But, who should play each of the principal characters?
Percy Daggs III as Alex Wilder
Daggs was great as Wallace on Veronica Mars. He’s proven he can play funny, sweet, and loyal…I can’t imagine he’d have a problem tapping into darker characteristics to play the Runaways de facto leader.
Amanda Seyfried as Karolina Dean
Seyfried may be too old to play a teenager, but look at her. She’s the spitting image of the Runaway’s resident alien.
David Gallagher as Chase Stein
The son of mad scientists, Chase is the team’s resident hot-headed jock. He wears Fistigons–powerful, flame-producing gauntlets–stolen from his parents and is the only one who can control the Runaway’s ship, Leapfrog. I kind of remember Gallagher from 7th Heaven, and he sufficiently impressed me with his recent role on Smallville, so let’s give the kid a shot.
Devon Aoki as Nico Minoru
Not gonna lie: one of the reasons I’d cast Aoki as the daughter of dark wizards is that Nico is a very emotional character and I’d like to see Aoki have more than three lines of dialogue in one of her movies.
Abigail Breslin as Molly Hayes
Go on…tell me I’m wrong. Do it. I dare you.
Tina Majorino as Gertrude Yorkes
Gertrude’s my favorite Runaway–well, tied with Molly at the very least–and she’s always kind of reminded me of Majorino’s character from Veronica Mars. Maybe I’d ask Stan Lee to play Gertrude’s genetically engineered dinosaur Old Lace. Or maybe not.
Idris Elba and Michael Michele as Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder
Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz as Dale and Stacey Yorkes
Joel Gretsch and Jeri Ryan as Frank and Leslie Dean
Alan Tudyk and Stephanie Romanov as Victor and Janet Stein
Jeffrey Donovan and Carla Gugino as Gene and Alice Hayes
Daniel Dae Kim and Ming-Na as Robert and Tina Minoru
As the series progressed, the Runaways encounter other kids in similar situations. Since this movie would kick ass, there would totally be a sequel. Runaways 2: Still Runnin’ would introduce
Rick Gonzales as Victor Mancha
Gonzales seemed capable of dealing with devils, demons, and reapers on Reaper, so I imagine he’d be able to handle playing technopathic cyborg Victor Mancha.
Dana Davis and Lee Thompson Young as Xavin
Those wacky Skrulls, always with the shapeshifting. Dana Davis (Bones, Heroes) and Lee Thompson Young (Friday Night Lights, Smallville) would have to share the role of the Skrull prince who also happens to be Karolina’s betrothed.