As you may have noticed from THIS post and THIS post, I’ve been in on a real He-Man and the Masters of the Universe kick lately. You can imagine my happy surprise to learn that Hollywood is looking for the right muscled man to play He-Man in an upcoming new film based on the classic 80’s cartoon superhero. The film project has a director in place, the next big slot to fill is the role of He-Man himself. People magazine lists their picks on who could play the most powerful man in the universe … read on:
WANTED: The most powerful man in the universe. Should be muscular. Blond hair a plus. Needs to be skilled in the Secrets of Grayskull and immune to evil forces of Skeletor. Long hours, good pay. Some near-nudity required. That, at least, is how one might imagine the casting call for the role of He-Man in the upcoming Masters of the Universe movie, based on the successful Mattel toy line – launched in 1982 – and already the inspiration for the 1987 feature Masters of the Universe, which starred a muscular, blond and nearly naked Dolph Lundgren as Eternia’s greatest warrior and Skeletor’s archenemy. The proposed 2011 version is to be directed by John Stevenson, who co-directed Kung-Fu Panda and whose credits also include the Shrek movies. But still up for grabs: the leading role of He-Man. This is where you come in. Imagine yourself the casting director, in search of the ultimate action hero. From these four box-office-worthy hunks, whom would you pick to fill He-Man’s furry briefs?
After the jump, see a photo that will remind you of what Lundgren looked like when he played He-man in 1987, read the list of People magazine’s candidates for the role of He-Man and see who I think would be a great unknown actor to play the part …
Chris Evans, 28. With his striking good looks and buff body, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four series could easily adapt to the demands of becoming He-Man. What might be a strike against him, however, is that he has already been tapped to play the Marvel Comics hero Captain America in the big-screen Captain America: The First Avenger, also set for release next year.
Kellan Lutz, 25. The North Dakota native sends pulses racing with his turn as Emmett Cullen in the Twilight series – to say nothing of his revealing Calvin Klein X underwear shots. A former Abercrombie & Fitch model, Lutz has already entered superhero terrain – as a modern-day Poseidon, the earth-shaking Greek God of the Sea, in the 2011 fantasy action drama Immortals.
Alexander Skarsgård, 33. This Stockholm native (and former anti-terrorist Swedish marine) is already a master of the universe: he directs. Last year he appeared in Lady Gaga’s music video Paparazzi. But fans of HBO’s True Blood know him best as Eric Northman, the vampire sheriff so sexy that hardly anyone can resist his fangs. Imagine what he can do wielding a sword.
Channing Tatum, 29. The Alabaman who kicked off his career as an exotic dancer exudes strong, silent sexiness, and made the far-fetched Dear John tolerable if only for his beach scenes. He also caused heads to turn on dry land in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The only thing possibly standing between him and Eternia: commitments for G.I. Joe 2 and The Eagle of the Ninth.
This is an impressive list but all of these men, with the exception of Skarsgård, have other big screen action films already on their plates. And while I think Alexander Skarsgård would be an amazingly hot He-Man, I don’t know that he’s got the bulk to pull off the character. Of these candidates, I think Kellan Lutz looks most the part. In my humble opinion, I think the studio should find an unknown actor to play the part — someone we’ve never seen before …
… well, okay, maybe not this guy but someone who is hot enough to make He-Man believable on the big screen. My fear is that any movie about He-Man will be cheesy (much like the 1987 film Masters of the Universe was). I hope the film can be adapted in a believable way … He-Man is one of my favorite things in life. I don’t want Hollywood to eff it up … again.
So … who do YOU think should play He-Man on the big screen?