Casting a Castlevania Movie Live
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Among Konami’s long list of popular titles, perhaps the one that was overdue for an adaptation of some form was the Castlevania series. Fortunately, in 2017 Netlfix brought the third installment of the series to life with an anime adaptation, and it was as awesome as fans expected. With some interesting changes to the source material, Netflix Castlevania has created its own mythos that exist outside the confines of the legendary game series. However, what if we were to create a live-action movie version of everyone’s favorite video game franchise?
Let’s take a closer look at the actors we’d cast if there was a Castlevania live-action film adaptation.
Jamie Campbell Bower as Grant Danasty
Long time fans of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse You might have noticed that the team’s thug, Grant Danasty, is conspicuously absent from Netflix’s animated adaptation. The truth is that a pirate/thief with acrobatic abilities, and not much backstory beyond that, would have been a tough choice to develop into a series, but we think he should be included in a live-action. . Castlevania movie adaptation.
Grant “The Nasty” Danasty – yes, that’s his real name – is a former pirate captain with exceptional acrobatic abilities. He is also one of the characters with fewer appearances in the main line. Castlevania series, so that could be another reason why the creators of the anime series left it behind.
For the live-action version, we believe that Jamie Campbell, from Dusk glory, would be perfect for the role. Not only does he have some experience working on a series tangentially related to vampires, but he also has the youthful appearance that would suit a character such as Grant.
Ana de Armas as Carmilla
Although the character has appeared in many Castlevania titles before, it wasn’t until the Netflix animated series that her lore and background were expanded, making Carmilla a true mainstay in the series. This role is rightly deserved, because the character who inspired the Castlevania version of the character has a fascinating story to tell.
carmilla is a gothic short story that predates that of Bram Stoker Dracula about twenty-six years old. In a way, Carmilla is one of the original vampires, while everyone’s favorite bloodsucking count rode his tails of the pack.
Our film version of Carmilla would be inspired by the one seen in the Castlevania show, that is, she would be one of the main antagonists rather than another of Dracula’s minions. As such, she needs to be played by an actress with an impressive dramatic range, hence why we think the role should go to Ana de Armas.
De Armas has caused a stir in Hollywood over the past two years thanks to his work on films like Blade Runner 2049, Knives outand deep waters. His performances stand out for their intensity and their ability to represent complex characters. She would undoubtedly give Carmilla the gravity to become one of the most intriguing villains in the film.
Ralph Fiennes as Dead
An eleventh-hour addition to the Netflix animated show that’s also iconic in the Castlevania franchise like Dracula himself is the Grim Reaper, also known as Death. One of Dracula’s most menacing comrades, the two share a close bond that dates back centuries, and as such, he deserves a starring role in the live-action adaptation.
Death has appeared as one of the game’s bosses since the very first game in the series. It would be doing the show a disservice not to include him in a live-action adaptation, not to mention he’s responsible for most of Dracula’s resurrections.
Ralph Fiennes has portrayed many memorable characters throughout his career, and his role as Dark Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series is arguably among his finest. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited for the role of death in a live action Castlevania film.
Plus, Fiennes has always had an almost uncanny knack for playing menacing villains. Who could forget his role as Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon? This kind of terrifying, psychopathic energy is precisely what we need from the Castlevania embodiment of the grim reaper.
Saoirse Ronan as Sypha Belnades
Unlike Grant, the Belnades name has had more than one mainline appearance Castlevania series. While Sypha itself was, like most Dracula’s Curse cast, a unique character, his family’s magical powers are among the legends of games lore.
The romantic connection between Sypha and Trevor Belmont was lightly explored in one of the original endings of Dracula’s Cursewith some theories linking the powers of the Belmont Clan to the Belnades through their marriage.
Sypha cannot be missing in a live-action version of Castlevania, especially when such an adaptation is based on Dracula’s Curse. Although she leans more towards the dramatic side of Hollywood, we think Saoirse Ronan would make an outstanding Sypha.
Known for her work in lady bird and 2019 Little woman, Ronan is an actress whose versatility is unmatched; she can adapt to any type of role – romantic, comedic or even adventurous, while keeping her performance serious, natural and true to herself. See her in a live-action Castlevania The film adaptation might come as a shock to longtime fans of his career, but it would also up the overall quality of the adaptation.
Keanu Reeves as Alucard
Alucard is, without a doubt, one of the Castlevaniathe most iconic and beloved characters. His ties to the Dark Lord of Demon Castle and the Belmont bloodline make him a formidable ally against the forces of night, and he has been instrumental in the fight against Dracula throughout the ages.
Since Alucard is an immortal vampire, we think there would be no better actor to play him than the closest we have to an actual vampire: Keanu Reeves. Yes, Alucard is supposed to be blonde and young, but we would really like to see Reeves try again to do a British accent in a vampire movie.
Plus, Reeves would be perfect to play the son of whoever we think should play Dracula – even if he’s a bit older in real life.
Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont
As it is an adaptation of Dracula’s Curse, the Belmont tasked with defeating Dracula should be none other than Trevor Belmont. Canonically speaking, he’s also the first member of Clan Belmont to fight the Earl, though he wasn’t the first to wield the legendary Vampire Killer whip.
Trevor would be the main character in our adaptation, like Dracula’s Cursemuch like the animated series, follows his quest to defeat Dracula, joining a host of companions along the way.
For his part, we believe there is no better man for the job than Richard Armitage. The English actor gave his voice to the animated version of Trevor, and it was so perfect, we think he should play the character in a live-action as well. Castlevania movie setting.
Armitage can also be seen playing the lead role in the Netflix miniseries the strangerwhere his acting skills really come to life.
Hugh Jackman as Dracula
Finally, the main villain of the Castlevania The franchise deserves an actor with a larger-than-life presence to play it, and no one fits that description better than Hugh Jackman.
Although Jackman faced Dracula alone in 2004 Van Helsingthis time, it’s believed he could use his theatrical background to play a tragic version of Dracula worthy of the Castlevania role.
Jackman would give Dracula a dramatic complexity that would portray him as the tragic villain he truly is, rather than just a humdrum villain like the beginning. Castlevania games have described him as.
This is symphony of the nightis Dracula, the one who has a complicated relationship with the human race, and which is at odds with his status as an immortal monster. Jackman would fit that role like a glove, and we can only dream of what his live-action version of Dracula might look like.