Sunday, 25 August 2013

Our Ranger's Apprentice movie.

In the post where I mentioned that we had made a movie cast for the Ranger's Apprentice movies it was greeted with enthusiasm, and so I've decided to do this post, on what and how we would do our own Ranger's Apprentice movie.

The characters:
Will Treaty, will is the main character of the entire series, he's implusive, small for his age, and is known to ask more than one question all in one go. He's smart, and loyal and very protective. He also has a very nice sense of humour. Sometimes he even thinks it matches Halt's. (No luck there :P)

Played by Asa Butterfield. It is very difficult to find the perfect Will for us, mostly because there are not a lot of actors who could play him who are young enough and could do a good job. I've seen him in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, (it's hilarious) Hugo (never ever watch that movie! Complete waste of two hours of your life) and in Merlin, (which due to some of the stuff in Merlin we no longer watch). He could do a good job, just as long as he doesn't go gazing into the distance too much, plus, he needs to be energetic and implusive, as they are very big traits in Will's character.

Halt O'Carrick, mentor to Will as well as father figure, husband to Pauline and best friend to the Commandant of the Ranger's he's doing alright. The most notable things about Halt are his sense of humour, his cleverness at adapting situations to his favour, his faith in Will, and the fact that everyone thinks his six feet tall and a giant, with a massive longbow, which never hesitates to annoy him.

Played by Robert Downey jr. I know yes, he's the actor of Iron Man but it was him or Brad Pitt and seeing as he is a extremely sarcastic Tony Stark he could do a very good Halt as well. Plus, Halt is short which is why we ditched Liam Neeson for the role. :)

Horace Altman, the first worse enemy of Will and then best friend he is a knight, clumsy on his feet compared to Rangers but not your average 'bash and whacker' as Halt and Will term knights. He's loyal, brave, determined and would be a good guy to have around if you ever needed protection.

Played by James Franco, possibly, he's a little too old. But we thought he'd do excellently as Horace. The important thing about Horace is that he needs to be loyal, and though not seen as smart is a logical thinker. And I loved him as Harry out of Spiderman so it's a win for me.

Gilan, Halt's former apprentice, an expert of unseen movement, good friends with both Will and Horace, amusing, the only Ranger to carry a sword and cares deeply for Halt. Very sweet on Jenny, too. :)

Played by Christian Bale, this was the first character we nailed! And I think we are all very happy with who we chose for Gilan. I always sort of imagined him like Faramir from Lord of the Rings and Christian Bale would do an awesome job. Important things for Gilan, giving counsel and being extremly good with a sword and very sharp.

Pauline, head of the diplomatic service, mentor of Alyss, and wife of the legendary Halt. She is wise, kind and very smart. She is probably the only person who can make Halt scared. She is also a mother figure to Will.

Played by Meryl Streep we did consider Julie Andrews but she is getting a little old and we thought thast Meryl Streep would do a good job. I haven't actually seen her in anything but I think she'd do Pauline good.

Alyss Mainwaring, Will's childhood sweetheart, and finally wife in the Lost Stories. She is kind, gentle buisness-like at times and can be rather jealous at times. She is punky and fun and I prefer her over Evanlyn.

Played by Jennifer Lawrence, once again I haven't seen her in anything as I am not allowed to watch the Hunger Games, she could do a good job though.

Princess Casandraa/Evanlyn. Good friends with Halt, Will and Horace, a bit of a love triangle and jealousy between herself and Alyss, who finally reconcile themselves in book ten. Wife to Horace (in book eleven) Uses a sling as her primary defence, resouceful, strong, independent.

Played by Abigail Breslin, I've seen her in two movies. Nim's Island and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. She would do a fantastic job of Evanlyn!

Erak Starfollower, Jarl, becomes Oberjarl, very good friends with Halt, Will, Horace and Evanlyn. Anyone who does somehting he soen't like he threatens to brain with a battle-axe. A good navigator and loves his ship Wolfwind, has a good sense of duty when it comes to his crew and is not a someone who isn't interested in new ideas and ways of attack.

Played by Hugh Jackman, Erak is a hard character to find an actor for. Hugh Jackman could do him well as he is very big and Erak is suppose to be very big as well.

Morgarath, the evil lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night. Gets killed by Horace and is a very big irritation to Halt. He is described as tall and mad. But than most bad guys are mad aren't they?

Played by Jim Carrey. He could do a very convincing portryal of Morgarath especially the mad bit. :)

Crowley Meratyn, old comrade and best friend of Halt. Loves dogs and tells everyone contiunuesly in book eight what a genius he is. He's not modest obviously. He has a good sense of humour and is not as stern as Halt is.

Played by Michael Caine, perhaps he is too old but he's appearnaces in the books are brief and so he doesn't need to do a lot. He could do Crowley good. Hmm, maybe we need to find a replacement after all.

Selethen, the Arridi Wakir of the province of Al Shabah, becomes good friends with Halt, Will, Horace, Evanlyn, Gilan and Svengal when they come in book seven to see about Erak's release. He is very fond of coffee, cares about the men under his command and is very just. He is also in book ten, as a nice additon. :)

Played by Will Smith., he's not very serious but I'm sure he could do Selethen well if he tried. It is also very difficult to find a darker-skinned person as well. :)

Svengal, Erak's first mate more of a secondary character but good, nontheless. Likes to think that he is superb when it comes to joking and is rather kind to Will and Evanlyn when they are prisoners of the Skandians.

Played by Richard Armitage, I've seen him in several roles, Guy of Gisborne (Robin Hood) the first episode of North and South, a small appearance in Captain America and most recently as Thorin Oakenshield. He could do a good job as a big Skandian. And he has a great voice. :)

Slagor-traitor to the Skandians, rather annoying and always looks 'shifty' according to Erak. :P He also reveals Evanlyn's identity of being Princess of Araluen.

Played by Russel Crowe

Keren-Villain of the fifth and sixth books. Until almost the end of the fifth book everyone thinks that the real bad guy who has been poisoning Lord Syron and such is his own son, Lord Orman. Keren is a good bad guy. When I say good, I mean good at being bad. I do feel a bit sorry for him, but then he hurt Alyss, and anyone who hurst Alyss stinks

Played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Okay, so I wanted Benedict Cumberbatch in our cast because I love his part in BBC Sherlock. It's true that probably people could work out he's the bad guy but not maybe, if we make Orman someone who looks just as untrustworthy.

Orman, son of the castle lord. Looks to be the person behind the mysterious happenings at Macindaw and suspected of sorcery when Lord Syron's mysterious illness comes about. He isn't a too likable character, too. And it is really easy to suspect he's the bad guy. He's not of course and asks for Will's help to get out of the castle, he's also a bit more shrewd than people will give him credit for. :)

Played by Tom Hiddleston. See what I mean by untrustworthy, he does look untrustworthy, right? And also I think him and Cumberbatch being cousins could work very well.

Depauierux- The evil knight who imprisons Halt and Horace on their way to Skandia. He's Gallaican (French) and basically controls the area because of the aura of cruelty that he creates by killing all knights that might show a wee bit of skill with a sword. Which is why he decided to pop by and say hi to Horace.

Played by Sean Bean, he'll need to dye his hair or something, but seeing as he did such a good job of Boromir which required using a sword he could be an awesome villain!

Tennyson-villain of books eight and nine. A skilled speaker and everyone thinks he's really nice. But he's not. Basically he's the 'prophet' of the 'god' Alsias and the the only way people can save themselves from all the bad stuff that is going on is to give all the valuables and gold to the 'golden god' and he will save them. Basically he's a con artist people believe.

Played by Christopher Lee, okay well, maybe a bit old but he is a really good actor. He could do the role of Tennyson very well as it requires a rather deep and powerful voice as he a dresses lots of people at the same time. Plus, you didn't think that we would NOT have Christopher Lee in RA did you?

Sean O'Carrack-Halt's nephew appearing in book eight. A good man who is loyal to his king. He's not that much of a main character but I love him.
Played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Master Chubb- Official chief of castle Redmont, has a habit of hitting people on the head with a ladle.
Played by Jack Black

Malcolm- The 'bird-like' healer appearing in books five, six, nine and a very brief appearance in eleven. A good man gentle and not one for violence. Hates to see anyone be hurt, even enenmies. Great at illusions and a rather friednly guy all round.

Played by Dustin Hoffman

Gundar Hardstriker-Wolfship skirl of Wolfwill, good friend of Alyss, Will and Horace, likes his battleaxe as most Skandians do, and is a rather 'modern' Skandian as he adapts to the new sail whereas Erak does not apporve.

Played by Ewan McGregor

King Duncan- King of Araluen, good friends with Baron Arald and Halt. Father of Princess Cassandra, a good, stong man.

Played by Liam Neeson, after he didn't fit for Halt do you think we weren't going to put him in this.

Possible: Tom Cruise as Xander, Orman's rather annoying secretary. Dad actually hates Tom Cruise and he suggested him to play Borsa but he's not really the build.

Directed by: Vellvin, Saxon and Rogan O.
Music by: Howard Shore or Hans Zimmer, some disagreement on this point as of yet.

Undecided roles: Buttle, Ragnak, Yusal, Shigeru, Arisaka, Shukin, Genovesans.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post. It's a dream, of course, but a good dream.

God Bless


  1. Do you really think so poorly of Russel Crowe that he only gets a cameo as a traitor? In my opinion he would have a much bigger role, maybe even as king Duncan or Baron Arald.
    Liam Neeson might be a bit old as king Duncan since Duncan is described as fairly young. (pushing 40?, but then Crowe's nit much youinger is he)
    If I thought this much about it I think I would have Hiddeston and Cumberbatch trade off.
    Sean Bean in another role that requires dying pointlessly! And he would be the only one!
    Robert Downey Jr as Halt is brilliance. I was thinking it would be him or Johnny Depp but Depp is a little bouncy.
    Denzel Washington appears to be the only other option for Yusal and Selethen, although they're probably a bit darker-skinned than those Ottoman Turk/Saudi characters.
    I know nothiong about acting, so those are just my instincts. It's a great list but..spoilers. Too bad.

  2. Without knowing the story I would see it just for this cast! :D (and especially the crew!) Very cool!

  3. @JT I haven't actually seen him in anything and I think he would portray Slagor rather well. This list isn't concrete after all. He could be changed or he could not, it depends.
    If Liam Neeson does not actually, look that old, he could do it. Sometimes ages are changed in film making and sometimes its for the better rather than the worse.
    We did consider Johnny Depp but we don't think he could pull off the 'serious' Halt side and that's why we didn't cast him as Halt.
    Thank you for suggesting him! He might be rather good for Yusal. Have to show the others before its a yes or no.
    How so do you mean too bad? The fact that they are making a movie? Or 'supposedly making a movie'. Because they have been for the last four years or so.

    @Arda :D Thanks! :) I think more than just you would go and see it for the cast and I'm so glad you mentioned the crew! :D

    God Bless,

  4. Sorry. By "too bad" I meant "oops I read this post before finishing". But I couldn't know you'd mention all the character's appearances. I've seen Crowe in Les Miz, Master & Commander, and superman (wherein his acting as Jor-El was the clear highlight) and one or two other ones that aren't any good. He jumps as a strong dramatic actor.

  5. Whoops, should have put something there. Really sorry about that!

  6. I think Cate Blanchett would make a better Lady Pauline!! And David Wenham would be a good Gilan!!

  7. Your actor for Crowley was some old wrinkly guy!! Disagree with that. And LordFaramir StewardofGondor I think Cate Blanchett is too young for Pauline and I don't think Wenham would work for Gilan. But hey I love your username!!! And you avatar. :D

  8. I'm so happy right now. Like really. I was sure I was the only one who thought of Halt as looking like RDJ!!! You're amazing, my friend.

  9. I'm just glad Sean bean is in the cast );D



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