High Strangeness: UFO Casting Call

Monday, November 20, 2017

UFO Casting Call

Now, who could this guy play in a UFO show?
So it's old news now that the History Channel has announced the first casting selections for its planned TV series based on Project Blue Book. Dr. J. Allen Hynek will be portrayed by Aidan Gillen, that guy from Game of Thrones who played Littlefinger, and his wife Miriam will be played by an actress named Laura Mennell, from The Man in the High Castle.

Leaving aside for the moment the very excellent suggestion I made in my Rolling Stone interview that the great Martin Freeman should be playing Dr. Hynek, I thought it might be fun to make a few casting predictions/suggestions for the show... These are just off the top of my head, so don't judge, but I think they'd make for a pretty unique viewing experience:

Capt. Edward Ruppelt................Steve Carrell
Betty Hill....................................Wynona Ryder
Barney Hill.................................Idris Elba
Betty Hill's alien "leader"...........Emma Stone
William T. Powers......................Daniel Craig
Lonnie Zamora...........................Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dr. Carl Sagan............................Christian Slater
Frank Mannor.............................Tommy Lee Jones
Philip Klass................................John Ratzenberger
Dr. Jacques Vallee......................Jean Reno
Jennie Zeidman...........................Parker Posey
"Lucky" Sutton............................Jim Parsons
Dr. Donald Menzel.....................Max von Sydow
Father William Gill....................Anthony Hopkins
Father Gill's "waving" alien.......Samuel L. Jackson
Donald Keyhoe...........................Mark Hamill
Joe Simonton...............................Anthony Bourdain
Major Hector Quintanilla...........Larry David

Some of these choices may strike you as weird but let me remind you that when the alien abduction book Communion was made into a movie, they cast Christopher Walken as Whitley Strieber. Christopher freaking Walken...

What say you? Who would you cast in these pivotal parts? And what other characters should be added to this list? (Remember, this deals only with the Project Blue Book years of 1952-1969, otherwise I would have had a field day casting Charles Hickson, Calvin Parker, Lawrence Coyne, Val Johnson, Travis Walton, etc. etc.).

4 comments:

purrlgurrl said...

Since, I'd pay to watch Idris Elba do his laundry, I second the motion for Idris Elba to play Barney Hill.

Mark OC said...

Hahahaha, good call!

nsurround said...

Phillip Klass ................. Larry David

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i think all the casting is still fine. i am not following this for some time, so may be next time i will share some thoughts. Good day!