With all the live-action remakes of Disney films, I wanted to do a live-action casting for one of the most criminally underrated Disney films ever: Atlantis The Lost Empire! Special thanks to Traelon Randolph and Johnathan Johnson for the idea! Ready or not, here we go!
Milo Thatch: Grant Gustin
Milo was one of the most difficult decisions for me to cast, and definitely the one that took the longest, but finally, I had a burst of inspiration: none other than the CW's Fastest Man Alive, Grant Gustin! The thing that makes Grant a perfect choice for Milo is that he can be charming and completely awkward at the same time. He also knows how to bring intelligence to a role without seeming like he's just a big pushover.
Commander Rourke: Harrison Ford
In a cast list full of hard decisions, I felt like this one was easy by comparison. True, I almost gave the role to Liam Neeson, but then I decided that Harrison Ford's square-jawed, hard-nosed, no-nonsense attitude better fit the character than Liam Neeson ever could. Movies like K-19: The Widowmaker are proof that Harrison Ford has what it takes to play a gruff military commander.
Kidagakash "Kida" Nedakh: Jennifer Lawrence
Now before you unanimously decide to offer me as tribute for the next Hunger Games, let me explain. Kida is definitely a beautiful woman, but in an other-worldly kind of way. I feel that JLaw shares this other-worldly beauty and also possesses the gravitas to pull off a character as serious as Kida.
Vincenzo "Vinny" Santorini: Frank Grillo
This was probably the toughest call I had to make in this entire fancast. I love everything about Vinny and he's definitely in my top 5 favorite animated characters of all time. Because of this, I found it to be an extremely daunting task to come up with an actor who could do Vinny the justice he so richly deserves. Then it hit me: there was only one man who could pull off a successful Vinny. And that man is Frank Grillo. I haven't seen any films of Grillo's besides Captain America The Winter Soldier, but his performance as Brock Rumlow is what convinced me that he would be perfect for Vinny.
Doctor Joshua Strongbear Sweet: Terry Crews
There aren't too many actors in Hollywood that could pull off an effective Joshua Sweet, but Terry Crews has both the build and the over-the-top personality to do it. The guy is perfect for the part because, just like Sweet, when he's happy, he's REALLY happy, and when he's intense, he's REALLY intense.
Lieutenant Helga Katrina Sinclair: Diane Kruger
If ever an actress could be said to resemble a character, it's this one. Diane Kruger is a perfect match for the role of Helga. She's got a menacing presence about her, but also an alluring beauty which she's not afraid to use to her own advantage when necessary.
Audrey Rocio Ramirez: Chloe Bennet
After watching Chloe on Agents of SHIELD, I was convinced that she could make a good Audrey. She's sassy, sarcastic, and not about to let anyone stand between her and getting what she wants.
Wilhelmina Bertha Packard: Diane Lane
This casting was fairly easy. I had it down to either Diane Lane or Meryl Streep, but I decided that Diane Lane would be a better fit for the part because I just couldn't picture a high-class actress like Meryl rasping out, "We're all gonna die."
Gaëtan "Mole" Molière: Toby Jones
I can think of no better person to play the charismatic little Mole than Marvel's own Toby Jones. Toby's about the right stature for the part and certainly has the acting ability to pull off a character as rambunctious as Mole.
Preston B. Whitmore: Patrick Stewart
It would take an actor with a lot of gumption to go out on the limb necessary to portray the wacky millionaire Preston Whitmore, but if anyone could and would do it, that person is Patrick Stewart. Sure, he's serious...when he's not busy being the coolest guy ever. He could perfectly portray the serious mood we first see Whitmore in and then just as easily morph into the happy-go-lucky ball of energy that we all know and love.
Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth: Mark Hamill
This one was a no-brainer. I was thinking of what actors could possibly pull off a grumpy old prospector-type character, and then it dawned on me that Mark Hamill is acting gold no matter what kind of character he is portraying. I can just imagine him easily falling into character as Cookie.
King Kashekim Nedakh: Russell Crowe
The king was another character that was difficult to cast. Leonard Nimoy was an incredible voice actor. If anyone could bring the same level of gravitas to the role, I feel that it's Russell Crowe. After his roles like Jor-El and Noah, Russell has a lot to draw inspiration from in portraying such a lordly figure as the king of Atlantis.