Most people know Gina from her role as Zoe in Firefly, but she has kicked ass in many other shows since. She feels like a great fit for Shepard, being a take-no-nonsense badass who can command a squad and save a galaxy. Shepard is a strong woman, capable of both great violence and tender caring, and I think Gina Torres would do a great job in the role.
Meagan’s pick: Jennifer Hale
For me there is no other choice. Hale brought immense life and character to FemShep, and so she is my quintessential Shepard. Though she is primarily a voice actor, Hale has worked on live-action projects and she knows the character inside and out. Bonus: sometimes you see a voice actor and you have to do a double-take because they look nothing like the character, but Hale definitely has the right look for the part.
Cody’s pick: Henry Cavill
His portrayal of Superman in Man of Steel showed someone who can exude the kind of calm-yet-passionate leadership qualities I would want to see live action Shepard embody. What’s more is that he comes across as a fighter, someone who knows how to use force when backed into a corner.
Having a similar build (well, as similar as you can get when we’re talking a reptilian bird alien) and the iconic voice, Brandon Keener (the original voice actor for Garrus) would work well in this role. Plus, he’s no stranger to acting in film, having appeared in Catch Me if You Can and Galaxy Quest.
Meagan’s pick: Lee Pace
Pace has recently hit it big in science fiction and fantasy with such roles as Thranduil in The Hobbit and Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy. While Garrus is very different, I think it’s time Pace got a chance to prove himself in a leading heroic role. Combine the awkward charm of Ned from Pushing Daisies with the tactical mind of Thranduil and the combat skills of Ronan… and you’ve got yourself a damn good Garrus.
Cody’s pick: Michael Fassbender
Fassbender’s already got a lot of love from the geek and art house cinema crowd, I particularly think he’s be an interesting choice because he’d not only bring the dark and stoic side an experienced combat veteran would have, but also the weird affability that makes Garrus so likeable.
Drawing a little bit again from Guardians of the Galaxy, and a little more from Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick, Vin Diesel proves that he can handle his character both behind a layer of CG or in the flesh. Plus, his gravelly voice would transition well into Wrex’s deep salutation of “Shepard.” Just imagine him yelling as Wrex while shotgunning a Geth in the face; I know I can.
Meagan’s pick: Kevin Grevioux:
If you have heard this man speak, you will understand why I chose him. He certainly has the experience, with roles in several genre movies (Underworld, I, Frankenstein) and television shows (Angel, Charmed) under his belt. In addition, he has the rare build of a Krogan battlemaster, and I can already hear him shouting “Shepard!”
Cody’s pick: Ron Perlman
With a voice badass enough to bring Mike Magnolia’s Hellboy to life, I think he’s easily one of the better options for bringing the warrior Wrex to the big screen.
We’ve already seen how a blue Karen Gillan would look on the big screen in Guardians of the Galaxy, and she has a very similar face to Liara. Also, I believe she could pull off the somewhat breathy and intelligent voice Liara has.
Meagan’s pick: Melissa Fumero
She stole our hearts on Brooklyn Nine Nine, where her role as Detective Amy Santiago proves that she can deliver the endearing awkwardness and heartfelt passion of Dr. T’Soni. She also definitely looks the part (minus the blue skin and head fronds, of course), and having played a police officer, she knows how hold her own in fight choreography.
Cody’s pick: Ali Hillis
I’m not committed to keeping the voice actors for every role, but I think Ali Hillis would make the transition to live action quite nicely, she already has a number of live action credits to her name, and frankly I like the character of Liara so much it might break my heart to not see her continue that portrayal.
Tali is one of my favorite characters in Mass effect. Naïve yet eager to learn, highly intelligent yet strong-willed and sometimes even impulsive, it’s no surprise that this space-nerd is a fan favorite as well. While still new to the movie scene, and will soon show her sci-fi chops in the new Star Wars movie, I believe Lupita Nyong'o would make a great Tali. She would bring a great sense of curiosity to the character, but with an inner fire that drives all Quarians to succeed.
Meagan’s pick: Azita Ghanizada
Ghanizada is a favorite of mine from Alphas, a Syfy show canceled before its time. Her character, Rachel Pirzad, was a somewhat neurotic, capable, tenacious germaphobe just like Tali, so I’m confident that she can portray the part well. Ghanizada also showed a lot of heart in her portrayal of Rachel, which is something any Tali hopeful really needs to bring to the table.
Cody’s pick: Ash Sroka
I’m going with the voice actress here again, for me this character is so synonymous with the portrayal Ash gave, partially from the unique timbre in her voice while portraying the character, I’d love to see her continue as Tali on the big screen.
He’s got the jawline, he’s got the friendliness mixed with determination, and he’s already been a friend to a great hero (in this case, Captain America). What more could you want?
Meagan’s pick: David Lee McInnis
With several action titles under his belt, McInnis can definitely handle fight scenes, and has shown himself to be quite a versatile actor. Kaiden is a character that would require a lot of nuance to bring to life, and McInnis seems to have the chops to rise to the occasion.
Cody’s pick: Joseph Gordon Levitt
JGL would be a terrific fit for the earnestness that seems to define Kaiden in the Mass Effect series. He’s a good man, though maybe a tad inexperienced, which is how Joseph Gordon Levitt strikes me in most of his roles.
AKA Lady Badass Extraordinaire, Michelle Rodriguez is known for her roles as a tough soldier. I think she could expertly handle the role of a soldier who struggles with the prejudices she was raised with as she fights with (and, depending on the movie, gives her life for) the very aliens she distrusts and dislikes. Also, again, she’s a badass.
Meagan’s pick: Dania Ramirez
After working on Heroes and X-Men, Ramirez is no stranger to science fiction. Though her role as Callisto was in a movie many X-Men fans prefer to forget, her performance was good and she proved she can handle action and battle sequences – a pretty important skill for any Ashley hopeful.
Cody’s pick: Rachel Nichols
Ashley can be somewhat of an irksome character (at least for myself), and I think Rachel Nichols would be well suited to the job of portraying this character. My gut tells me she’d bring something to the role that would ensure even if we dislike Ashley sometimes, we’re never overly annoyed by her as a character.
Jeff "Joker" Moreau
Ok, just hear me out. Joker has always had (for me, at least) a boyish charm to him; one that, when combined with his sarcastic wit and inter-battling self-confidence, make him a fan favorite. Now I know that Seth Green brings wonderful life to the character, but wouldn’t cynically funny Justin Long also be great? Their voices aren’t too far off, and I can see them making the same jokes to the same effect. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
Meagan’s pick: Charlie Day
I know, I know – most fans won’t hear any suggestions for Joker that aren’t Seth Green and while I agree that he’s an excellent choice for the role, he is not the only choice. Day’s role as Newt in Pacific Rim showed audiences that he can handle more serious work, and revealed a quick, sarcastic wit not seen in his role on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Plus, his part in The Lego Movie shows that he knows how to tackle a character with a love for spaceships.
Cody’s pick: Seth Green
He perfectly fits the bill for this as he’s A) already kills the role of Joker and B) is no stranger to live action films. Adding to that, that his very presence would add some nerd cred to this film.
Famed Sherlock actor and otter impersonator Benedict Cumberbatch has been busy these past few years, revealing himself to play great villains in both fantasy (as Smaug and the Necromancer) and sci-fi (as Khan). A tall man with a resonating voice and a capacity for arrogance that fits right in with the classic villain, Barleybob Crumplebun would portray the character in such a way that you’ll love him, but also want to kill his face off.
Meagan’s pick: Jeremy Irons
Irons is a fan favorite for Saren, and with excellent reason. A prolific actor with a voice that was made to play villains (I mean, he played Scar from The Lion’s King. ‘Nuff said), Irons could easily adopt the cool, arrogant demeanor of the Turian everyone loves to hate.
Cody’s pick: Bruce Greenwood
Commander Pike from the new Star Trek films, Greenwood has always been an underrated actor, and I would love to see his cool demeanor shine in his portrayal of Saren.
Who would you like to see play the characters of Mass Effect in a movie? Let us know in the comments.