ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
Writer, filmmaker, actor and film enthusiast.
Trevor Norkey

One of the most popular video games of the past few years was 2011's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Now, I am not generally a gamer. There are very few games that I play except for a couple little apps here and there on my iPhone. But there is one game that I tend to go back to quite often, and that is Skyrim. I have restarted the game countless times as new characters beginning new journeys, and every time it is different. It is one of the greatest video games I have ever played, and I always tend to think that it would have made an amazing movie. But the question is, who could play the big roles if it was a movie?! It would need to be a stellar cast in order to get people to see it besides just those who play the games. So here is who I would cast if a Skyrim movie was ever made.

The Dragonborn - Sam Worthington

This, without a doubt, would have to be the hardest casting decision to make, for one reason: no Dragonborn is the same. One of the coolest things about games like Skyrim is that you get to completely customize your character. You get to change their race, their gender, their name, their features, everything. It's safe to say, however, that most people would normally make their characters to be Nords, since they were the most marketed characters and Nords were natives to Skyrim.

That being said, I believe actor Sam Worthington could play the role of the Dragonborn amazingly. He is best known for starring in Avatar, but I selected him primarily because of his portrayal of Perseus in 2010's Clash of the Titans. His role in that movie role is actually crazy similar to what the Dragonborn would be like in a Skyrim movie. He doesn't always have too many words to say, but he can be a badass if you give him some armor and a sword. He would be able to play off the prisoner-turned-hero easily, plus he has a very clear muscle tone which is one of those qualities that the game designers apparently had a thing for.

Just to show what I mean, here are a few clips pieced together of the ending of Clash of the Titans that may be able to show Sam Worthington's abilities in these types of roles.

Delphine - Cate Blanchett

Honestly, I searched a lot for someone to play Delphine, but then I ran into Cate Blanchett and realized that she and Delphine were just meant to be put together. Delphine is the character that tries to reach out to the Dragonborn to help stop the dragon invasion. She is a very determined character who also needs to show strength. I chose Cate Blanchett primarily for her portrayal of Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings. She can play the confident role amazingly but still manage to stay calm at the same time (except those weird Galadriel scenes where she just goes totally crazy). I believe Cate Blanchett could fit the role perfectly and help guide the path for the Dragonborn.

Here to prove my viewpoint is a clip from The Fellowship of the Ring.

Esbern - Michael Gambon

That's right, Albus Dumbledore himself. The second one, actually. But still Dumbledore. This actor is no stranger to the fantasy worlds like Skyrim and would hopefully be willing to take on the role of Esbern, the old Grandmaster of the Blades who vows to help the Dragonborn. He is an old and wise character with very little action, but serves a heavy role as the smart old man who knows pretty much everything there is to know about dragons and legends. Gambon's face is similar to Esbern's, his voice is similar and he also wouldn't have to worry about felling like he's doing the same role over again because there is no beard involved this time. It may still be a similar archetype, but it would still somehow show a different side of the actor just because there is no beard. It would allow people to see him for more than just Albus Dumbledore.

Here to show some of his wise words is his monologue from The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Arngeir - Jeremy Irons

Right now, when people hear about Jeremy Irons, it's about him being the guy that will be playing Alfred in Batman vs. Superman, but when I hear Jeremy Irons, I still always think about Scar from the Lion King. Irons is credited for having "the perfect voice." I believe that is a very valid credit to give him. His voice is quite perfect. I believe he could do a great job as Arngeir, the old leader of the Greybeards who do nothing but sit around and meditate. They are the ones who teach the Dragonborn how to shout, which is his greatest power. They are wise, reclusive and need a perfect voice to show how important the "shouts" are. Jeremy Irons would be great in this role. Also, it is a brief role so it would not be too crazy to ask of Jeremy Irons.

To show Jeremy Irons's skill, I chose a clip from The Time Machine where he played Über-Morlock (the super pale dude). It shows how he can portray a wise man with a strong and confident voice.

Lydia - Jaimie Alexander

Lydia is one of the most popular "followers" in the game. The Dragonborn is allowed one follower at a time, and Lydia is one of the first ones introduced to the Dragonborn. But why would we need her? Well, I know one reason: the love interest / the heart breaker. With Lydia following the Dragonborn around for most of the adventure, there is bound to be some sort of bond that forms between her and the Dragonborn at some point during their quests. Plus, it's Hollywood. But there's more to it than that. Often times, Lydia will tragically die at some point since she is the first follower. I know that in all of the times I restarted Skyrim, Lydia would be the first follower and would have a dramatic death at a vital point (because, well, I'm all about that type of drama in both movies and games). The Dragonborn would always then go on some shouting rage about it because he doesn't know how else to deal with the loss. He would then become even more dedicated to finishing the task at hand to avenge Lydia's death.

Anyways, back to the subject at hand, I believe Jaimie Alexander could be an awesome Lydia. This is mostly because of her role as Sif in Thor, which is basically just an Asgardian version of Lydia. Her looks, her hair and her attitude could all add up to the live action Lydia we deserve. Plus, it would give Jaimie Alexander more screen time, finally giving her a role that won't be so overlooked.

To further prove my point is a clip from Thor: The Dark World where some of her fighting skills can be seen.

Alduin - Idris Elba

Idris Elba is a godly actor with an amazing and epic voice. This voice would be amazing for the recreation of Alduin, the world-eating dragon, who is (in case you haven't guessed) the main villain. Having Idris voice Alduin would make me freak out just as much as I did when I figured out that Benedict was voicing Smaug. He is just the perfect match and it would make millions of nerds pee their pants. If I was Idris Elba, I would take the role just for that reason alone.

To show Idris Elba's incredible vocal talents, I chose his awesome monologue from Pacific Rim, which may have been the best part of the entire movie. It's also a rather ironic choice, because the monologue is about "cancelling the apocalypse," when the apocalypse is exactly what Alduin is trying to bring about.

Paarthurnax - Mark Hamill

Paarthurnax is yet another dragon, the brother of Alduin actually, but this dragon is good. He serves as another mentor to the Dragonborn, but is possibly the wisest of them all since he has lived for thousands of years. He lives on his own on top of the highest mountain in the world. He, like Alduin, needs an awesome voice actor, but it doesn't need to be quite as frightening. That's why I thought Mark Hamill could do it. Mark Hamill is an amazing voice actor and has voiced a plethora of characters. I could not count the number of times I look at a cartoon character, then say "Wait, that's Mark Hamill?!" once I look up the voice actor. One of his most famous voice acting roles is the Joker in many different Batman shows and video games, but there are so many other roles he has that I'm not going to even start listing them. He has a crazy amount of different voices and not one sounds the same. It is incredible.

Here is a compilation of several of Mark Hamill's vocal talents to prove my point.

Jarl Balgruuf - Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman is a terrific actor, best known for his role as Severus Snape in Harry Potter. He has a well known deep British voice, but he can easily bend it to take on the Skyrim acccent and perfect the Jarl of Whiterun. Jarl Balgruuf plays a huge role in the beginning of the Skyrim Quest Line by realizing the threat of dragons and trying to find out how to defend his land from them. It is an essential role but is not too demanding for an actor. Alan Rickman could nail it with ease.

Here to help show some of his talents is a rather humorous scene starring Alan Rickman.

Ulfric Stormcloak - Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges is stellar as an actor, and if they managed to cast him as Ulfric Stormcloak, the leader of the Stormcloak rebellion, it would be amazing. He may not be a major part of the main quest of Skyrim, but he does appear consistently throughout it anyways, being one of the first characters you even see. It would be awesome to see the Civil War tied into a Skyrim movie too, especially if Jeff Bridges plays Ulfric. He is truly the perfect match.

Here to show his acting talents is Jeff Bridges x2 from Tron: Legacy.

So, if you're a huge Skyrim fan, you are probably wondering where the other characters are, such as (but not limited to):

- General Tullius

- Aela the Huntress

- M'aiq the Liar

- Odahviing

- Cicero

- The Guy Who Gets His Head Chopped Off at the Beginning

- The Guy Who Got Shot in the Back with Arrows at the Beginning, and...

- The Guard Who Took an Arrow to the Knee

The reason I did not include these actors is because I feel that those roles aren't as demanding or essential to a movie version of Skyrim as the ones I chose. There is only so much you can go over in two hours without ruining the entire movie. These roles can be included, but I don't think it will need to be any big actor in particular. The other reason I did not include any more characters is because, well...

So with that, I will end my fan cast. What did you think? Would you have changed anything? Did you love it? Hate it? Despise it? Want to kill it before it lays eggs? Let me know in the comments. And thanks for reading!! :D


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