Admiral David Anderson
Ever since hearing him as Goliath in the TV show Gargoyles, I have loved Keith David’s voice. Which is why I would be sad to see the role go to anyone other than the Admiral’s voice himself. An extremely prolific actor and voice actor, Keith David has had experience as a military leader both on camera and behind an animated (or computer generated) face.
Meagan’s pick: Idris Elba
Elba’s filmography definitely speaks for him when it comes to his acting abilities. Anyone who has seen Luthor can’t deny that he is a powerhouse, and anyone who has seen Pacific Rim can’t deny that he delivers one hell of an inspirational speech. Elba has the discipline and nuance needed for ME1 Anderson, as well as the emotional resonance necessary to play ME3 Anderson.
Cody’s pick: Laurence Fishburne
Sure we all remember him from helping inspire Neo over a decade ago, and just because he’s been fighting Serial Killers on Hannibal in the last few years, doesn’t mean he’s not ready to be an inspiring figure in another great sci-fi yarn.
Let’s see here; we have the earnest and fun-loving personality, the neck like a tree trunk, and some good acting chops. Yep, I think he’d be good.
Meagan’s pick: Édgar Ramírez
Capturing Vega’s unique combination of charm, toughness, and muscle is no small challenge. That, and he has to be Shepard’s biggest fan. Zero Dark Thirty actor Ramirez can certainly bring all that and more, though maybe with just a bit less meathead thrown in.
Cody’s pick: Joey Ansah
Having been an assassin alongside Ramirez in The Bourne Ultimatum I decided Joey Ansah would be a great addition to the Mass Effect Universe. Sure he had almost no lines in Bourne, practically re defining stoic, which is why it’d be fun to see him play a different version of a muscle-bound badass in Mass Effect.
Also known as Eric Delko on CSI Miami, Adam has a smile that can’t be beat. He’s not all pretty face though, having acted in many things in addition to the over 200 episodes of CSI. Plus, he looks like a good shuttle pilot.
Meagan’s pick: Laz Alonso
Avatar alum Alonso (what is this, a newspaper headline?) has charm to spare, and his role as chief-to-be Tsu’tey demonstrates his ability to be a little more serious. Cortez definitely won me over in the game, and I’m sure Alonso could win over audiences in any Mass Effect movie.
Cody’s pick: Amaury Nolasco
Potentially best known as Sucre from Prison Break (for myself at least), he’s a good actor who brings some serious heart to his portrayals.
Doctor Karin Chakwas
A wonderful veteran actor like Meryl Streep would fill the sarcastically wise Doctor Chakwas well. We’ve seen her play many different personalities, and I for one would like to see her converse with Shepard in her doctor’s quarters.
Meagan’s pick: Dame Helen Mirren
I always pictured Mirren whenever I went to talk to Dr. Chakwas, so it was only natural that she would be my first choice. I don’t think I need to explain why she would be good for the role. If you’ve ever seen her act (credits include The Queen, and Red 1 &2), I’m sure you’ll agree that she would rock it.
Cody’s pick: Emma Thompson
She brings a quiet dignity to her roles, and I think casting a strong actress like her in a minor role would solidify this hypothetical film as nothing to scoff at.
Oh come on, this one’s a no-brainer. Who could I cast other than Cylon Six herself? She has the voice, she has the experience, and she’s just a good actor.
Meagan’s pick: Tricia Helfer
I tried to steer clear of voice actors in the interest of variety, but she is one that I just can’t not cast. I mean, for one thing not just anyone can pull off EDI’s all-over chrome, and for another Helfer has already proven herself as one of science fiction’s favorite artificial intelligences. Caprica Six, anyone?
Cody’s pick: Tricia Helfer
Guess it was inevitable we would all agree on one character, the cool thing with her portrayal would be although the role is a tad similar to her past big role, EDI has a much different personality than Six, getting to see Helfer take on a quirkier role would be fun.
An English actor, Gugu hasn’t had much experience in sci-fi. However, she is in the new movie Jupiter Rising, so we can judge her science fiction chops then. Until that time, however, we can take solace knowing she is a great actor who knows her stuff, and would make an excellent Samantha Traynor.
Meagan’s pick: Kandyse McClure
McClure is a genre fiction veteran after her roles in Battlestar Galactica and Hemlock Grove. What’s more, her character on Battlestar Galactica was a highly competent naval communications officer, not unlike Ms. Traynor. She would have to adopt a British accent for the role, but she’s otherwise perfect.
Cody’s pick: Reshma Shetty
Best known from USA’s Royal Pains, she’s a good actress, has a british accent, and is well deserving of a decent character role.
Now here’s an interesting guy. Hugo is the master of both wise mentor and scary villain, and is no stranger to genre fiction. Having already voiced a powerful robot villain in the form of Megatron in Transformers, Weaving delivers a powerhouse performance in nearly any role he touches. We would need someone with a commanding voice to play Harbinger, and we would get that with Hugo.
Meagan’s pick: Michael Dorn
Taking on the role of a Reaper might not be the easiest, but I’m sure Dorn could more than handle it. If you’ve never heard of Dorn or his famous Star Trek: The Next Generation character, Warf, you may want to brush up on your science fiction. He certainly has a deep enough voice, and the ability to add depth to a character who might not initially appear to be the most sympathetic.
Cody’s pick: Willem Dafoe
I’ve always been a fan of his villainous roles, and since so much of Harbinger’s power is conveyed through his voice I think Dafoe’s creepy timbor is a great fit. The cold logic his voice conveys works well for a villain who's not so much evil as a force of nature.
The Illusive Man
Admiral Adama himself, good old Eddie would make a great space-racist self-appointed hope for humanity. He has a commanding presence, which can also turn creepy given the right circumstance, and his iconic face would look good with some glowing eyes. And, again, he has had experience in sci-fi, as well as being a leader. So say we all.
Meagan’s pick: Bruce Greenwood
Though Martin Sheen is the obvious choice for the role, I think it would suit Greenwood well. We’ve seen him play a captain in the Star Trek reboot, and Pike’s tough, intelligent persona would translate well to The Illusive Man. Add some sleaze and more than a pinch of evil and he’s your man.
Cody’s pick: Jason Isaacs
Perhaps best known for portraying Lucius Malfoy, he brought a delicious flavor of bigotry and insidiousness to that role, while also nailing the humanity still present in that man. And something about him still made me like the character just a bit, that’s the kind of juggling act the Illusive Man’s portrayer needs.
Admiral Steven Hackett
Now, we might need to do something about that mop on his head, but other than that I see no reason why he wouldn’t make for a good Admiral Hackett. He’s a veteran actor who has filled numerous roles, and would bring depth to an already wise character.
Meagan’s pick: Bruce Boxleitner
This science fiction veteran portrayed one of the greatest space navy Captains there is, Captain John Sheridan of Babylon 5 fame. He is more than prepared to bring Hackett’s dignified presence to the big screen, and he really pulls off the signature facial hair.
Cody’s pick: Lance Henriksen
Did anyone else not know Bishop from Aliens (as well as plenty of other great films) voiced Admiral Hackett? Well he does, and I’d love to see him play Hackett again in a live action setting.
Who would you like to see playing your favorite ME3 characters? Let us know in the comments.