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If Yvonne Strahovski weren’t available to play Miranda, I believe the always great Natalie Dormer would be a great choice. She’s beautiful, she’s a great actor, and she could kick your ass, checking all of the Miranda requirement boxes. Also, I’m sure she could do a great Australian accent.
Meagan’s pick: Yvonne Strahovski
There are some characters where there is one clear choice, and Miranda is undeniably one of them. The whole character was modeled after Strahovski, for one thing - they even changed the character’s last name to better fit with Strahovski’s Australian accent. Her tenure on Chuck demonstrated her formidable screen fighting skills, so she’s an ace in the hole.
Cody’s pick: Antje Traue
In the interest of not repeating this fan casting I sought out an actress other than ol’ Yvonne who could also bring the looks and intensity to Miranda. Antje Traue isn’t very well known, but I loved her ice cold portrayal of Faora in Man of Steel. I think she’d be an exciting choice to give us a new portrayal of Miranda Lawson.
If you already don’t know who Michael B. Jordan is, you will once the new Fantastic 4 movie debuts. Jordan is cast as (for some reason a controversial choice) Johnny Storm, AKA the Human Torch. Other than being a super-person, Mr. Jordan has major dramatic acting chops, which is more than enough reason to cast him as Jacob.
Meagan’s pick: Anthony Mackie
After his role as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mackie was an instant fan favorite. He already has the loyal soldier slant on lock, so all he needs is to pepper in a bit of angst and some space magic and he’s good to go!
Cody’s pick: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Jacob for me was a serviceable, if not overly engaging character. So I’m enlisting my man Chiwetel to hopefully bring a little bit more depth to that character. For the uninitiated, Ejiofor played The Operative in Serenity.
Speaking of ass-kicking super people, Lucy Lawless (you might know her better as her alter-ego Xena: Warrior Princess) could handle both the calm, cool, collectedness of Samara, as well as her powerful, wrathful rip-you-in-half combat side. Plus, both Samara and Lucy Lawless have chins you can cut down trees with.
Meagan’s pick: Lucy Liu
Not many people have both Samara’s impressive jawline and her even more impressive combat prowess. I doubt I need to list out Liu’s action credentials for you, so suffice it to say she could more than get the job done. She is also definitely capable of pinning down Samara’s reserved honor and wisdom.
Cody’s pick: Diane Lane
While we haven’t seen her kick ass very much, I’d be willing to bet this powerhouse actress would bring her A-game to this role. Considering her more recent roles have been somewhat timid, my hunch is she’d love to cut loose with an ass-kicking role like Samara.
Now, this seems like the obvious choice, what with us already seeing her with a shaved head in V: For Vendetta (that’s the only requirement for Jack, right?). Seriously though, Natalie has the acting chops to exhibit the huge amount of rage that’s holding back the even larger amount of pain that Jack feels, and this writer thinks that Ms. Portman could deliver a powerful performance as Subject Zero.
Meagan’s pick: Holland Rodan
This Teen Wolf actor is no stranger to good old-fashioned angst (no one from Teen Wolf is), or to being a pretty damn powerful character. She has the genre cred and can certainly handle the fight choreography; give her a grimace and a foul mouth and she’s a dead ringer for the vengeful Subject Zero.
Cody’s pick: Karen Gillan
Sure we’ve all seen her go bald recently for Guardians of the Galaxy so we know she can rock that look, but she played a cold blooded killer that I still found way more cool and interesting than some of the good guys. This time around, she’d still be a cold blooded killer, but on the good guy's team, so I wouldn’t have to feel guilty rooting for her.
The man with the iconic face and mannerisms would add a believable intelligent quirkiness to the already intelligent and quirky Salarian. You all know Steve, with his high pitch voice and quick talking, which would be great for Mordin. Plus, don’t you want to hear Steve Buscemi sing Mordin’s song? I do.
Meagan’s pick: Doug Jones
You might not recognize this infamous actor by looking at his face, but that may change once he’s under a few layers of makeup and a bit of CGI. Jones is known for his work on Hellboy (Abe Sapien), Pan’s Labyrinth (Fauno and Pale Man), and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (The Silver Surfer), among other things. He is an extremely versatile actor even without the makeup, and would be an excellent choice for everyone’s favorite salarian scientist.
Cody’s pick: Michael Emerson
So you have a socially awkward, bordering on creepy, character who won’t let his morals get in the way of what he deems as progress, AND he has dark beady eyes? Give Michael Emerson a call, he’ll know what to do.
Those of you who are fans of the HBO television series Game of Thrones (and let’s be honest, who isn't?) will recognise this guy as being the powerful Dothraki leader Khal Drogo. Daenerys' husband would make for a powerful Grunt; one that has everything to lose and prove.
Meagan’s pick: Neal McDonough
Getting Grunt right is difficult because he needs to be a powerhouse, but he also needs a bit of a softer side (though he doesn’t let it show too often) - Grunt has to constantly prove himself to everyone, has to fight for a home and a family. McDonough strikes me as the kind of actor who could pull off the nuance as well as the gruff, angry side. Plus, he has the right voice for the job.
Cody’s pick: Steven Blum
Grunt’s voice actor in the ME series, I’d like to see him continue to use his voice acting chops to realize Grunt on the big screen.
I’m going to have to with the voice actor for Legion, the iconic robot with Shepard’s armor. I’m not sure if I could accept hearing “Shepard, Commander” from anyone else.
Meagan’s pick: Alan Tudyk
Though he is probably most famous for his role as Wash on Firefly, Tudyk was also the man who brought the machine to life in I, Robot. Aside from having an awesome filmography to back him up, he has voice acting experience and the ability to bring significant humanity and depth to an artificial life-form.
Cody’s pick: Stanley Tucci
He’s one versatile dude, and if there’s one thing that’s really impressed me about his role in The Hunger Games it’s just how seriously he’ll inhabit a role. And his tendency to learn towards quirkier personalities with his characters makes him a good fit.
Best known as the Angel Castiel from Supernatural, Misha Collins has a lot of what it takes to be Thane. Attractive? Check. Gravelly, alien voice? Check. Experience as a mysterious stranger whose dangerous past makes him even more alluring? Check. I think I’m done here.
Meagan’s pick: Pedro Pascal
Thane was designed to be attractive to female players, so naturally whoever plays him needs to be equally alluring (not to mention a badass). Thus, Pedro Pascal. I really don’t think I need to explain this one further.
Cody’s pick: Mads Mikkelsen
He’s one creepy dude, maybe best known for his role as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale as well as most recently Dr. Lecter on Hannibal. He would provide the right mix of slightly disturbing while exquisitely interesting that Thane Krios would need on the big screen.
The king of British action movies, Jason Statham might not look super old as compared to Zaeed, but his experience as a gallows-humored, gun-toting badass more than speaks for itself.
Meagan’s pick: Stephen Lang
Lang has more than a few action movies under his belt, so you know he can handle all the giant guns he’ll have to tote around. He has the look and the ability, plus he is set to play Cable in an upcoming X-Force movie. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Zaeed is basically Mass Effect’s answer to Cable.
Cody’s pick: Manu Bennett
My pick is also a bit younger compared to the game version, but still grizzled enough that I think it works. Not incredibly well known, but you may have seen him in Spartacus or Arrow, I think he’d really shine in this role.
Hey, if you had Battle Royale and both Kill Bills under your belt, would you want to hear someone give their reasons why you’d make a good Kasumi? Actions are gonna speak louder than words on this one.
Meagan’s pick: Rinko Kikuchi
If you haven’t seen Pacific Rim, go see Pacific Rim. If the giant robots battling giant monsters didn’t catch your eye, Kikuchi’s killer performance as Mako Mori is reason enough. She certainly has the skill and dedication for the part, and anyone who has seen an interview with her knows that she can also bring the playful side of Kasumi.
Cody’s pick: Rila Fukishima
A favorite of mine, she played Yukio in last year’s The Wolverine, for me she’s one of those actors who's just fun to watch on screen, exuding a mysterious and highly capable persona that would be well utilized in a portrayal of Kasumi.
Who would you pick for Shepard’s ME2 team? Let us know in the comments.