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CAST THIS: Commander Shepard

01.28.2010

I had two options of when to write this Cast This column. I could wait until some super official MASS EFFECT movie news came out, or I could do it the week the new game is released. Well, since Iíve spent 10 of the last 24 hours playing it, it's currently all I'm thinking about and I'm rushing through my work day so I can start playing it again, here we are.

Heís the first human Spectre, the savior of the galaxy and allegedly pretty good in the virtual sack. This week, heís back for a whole new set of adventures, and heís the man (or woman) without a real first name. Heís COMMANDER SHEPARD.

Now, I know what youíre thinking. How the hell do you cast a hero of a movie where you can completely customize them in game, changing gender, race and age to whatever suits you? Thatís a very valid point, but when this movie adaptation does come, itíll have to be done, and I have to imagine theyíll try and go with someone that looks like the ďdefaultĒ pictured above.

Out of every video game Iíve ever played, I havenít seen one that is more deserving of a movie franchise than MASS EFFECT. The universe is mind-bogglingly in-depth, and rivals STAR WARS and STAR TREK in terms of its complexity. Those at Bioware say they are excited about the prospect of a movie, but only one thatís done ďright.Ē To me though, playing through the game mostly feels like an interactive twenty hour movie already.

Our Shepard can really be anything you wanít, so this casting column is something of a blank slate. If you want to pick someone to look like the guy up there, so be it, or if you think an different actor better suits your vision of Shepard, then go for it. Myself? My Shepard is a burly Asian dude with blue eyes, so Iím going with Daniel Dae Kim.

Last Week: MARY JANE

I thought about doing a THIRD Spider-Man column this week, but I though that was pushing it. Last time we were talking about who Mary Jane would be in the new film, and hereís what we got:

1. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (12%) 2. Emma Stone (11%) 3. Rachel Hurd-Wood (5%)

Man, you guys sure love your Mary Elizabeth Winstead donít you? I remember when you cast her as both Betty AND Veronica in one of my first Cast This columns. Sheís been fine in what Iíve seen her in and is quite hot, but Iím not sure I understand all the rabid enthusiasm surrounding her.

Emma Stone is without a doubt my choice. Sheís the sultriest redhead out there if you ask me, and I think she definitely could look high school age in the new film. Hurd-Wood I was less familiar with, but ďbombshellĒ doesnít really come to mind when I was sifting through her pictures.

Alright, thatís all for now, letís hear those Shepard ideas!

Extra Tidbit: If anyone currently playing Mass Effect 2 can tell me how the hell you use medi-gel now, that would be appreciated.
Source: JoBlo
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