Mass Effect, one of the biggest gaming franchises out there. A whole universe, literally. Characters, story arcs, everything is already there. So where is the film or film franchise? Nowhere to be found. I would love to see Commander Shepard out there kicking some reaper butt as much as the next person. However, I wouldn't want a game as good as this getting a film filled with the typical white-male superhero complex archetype. Do you really want to know why? Because I've seen that story. I've seen it about 100 times over.
This is no exaggeration. Pick a superhero film. Anything. Take away the scenario they are based in. Put the main male character in space, add a few guns, a sapient species who wants to destroy them and add a few love interests to stir up the pot. What have you got? Exactly the same film you were going to see before, but now they are just floating around in zero-gravity. This is the substance that makes up the majority of films out there and surprise surprise, after a while it's going to get boring. Now, let's stir that pot up. Take away the male character, put in a female character. This female character story arc is so rare it's only been used once, maybe twice before. But now it's in the Mass Effect universe and nothing can stand in it's way. Surround this female character with other strong bad-ass female characters and what have you got? Something you've never watched before, that's what.
Below I've got my ultimate choices for a dream fan-cast of Mass Effect.
I couldn't decide between these three for Shepard and it gives a bit a manoeuvrability when trying to picture Commander Shepard, which I like.
- Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100, Cult)
- Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, Evil Dead)
- Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow, The Flash)
- Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams - Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
- Garrus Vakarian - Scott Eastwood (Fury, Suicide Squad)
- Staff Lieutenant Kaidan Alenko - Michael Buonomo (The Lucky Ones)
- Dr. Liara T'Soni - Olivia Munn (The Newsroom, X-Men: Apocalypse)
- Tali'Zorah nar Rayya - Zofia Wichlacz (Warsaw 44, Once My Mother)
- Urdnot Wrex - Randy Couture (The Expendables)
- Captain David Edward Anderson - Keith David (ME Series, Archer)
- Dr. Karin Chakwas - Carolyn Seymour (ME Series, Quantum Leap)
- Flight Lieutenant Jeff "Joker" Moreau - Seth Green (ME Series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
- Ambassador Donnel Udina - Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire, Casino Royale)
- Saren Arterius - Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, American Beauty)
- Matriarch Benezia - Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall)
- Sovereign - Peter Jessop (Mass Effect)
What do you think? Could you see these faces taking the roles of some of your favourite fictional characters? If not, who would you put instead? Comment below and let me know!