From: Somewhere Texas
If it has tied up slavegirls in it, Maggie Gyllehaal and Misty Mundae would seem obvious. (most on here probably are only familiar with MM from the softcore stuff, but she's done a lot of microbudgeted horror spoofs as well, and she's generally pretty good in them).
Peter Capaldi plays a cracking evil cleric, and he'll have a few more openings in his filofax after Christmas. (Also, watching him complain about being cast as an "English" villain in interviews would be fun.)
If there's going to be a good cleric ringleader/Yoda type character, Warwick Davies has form for playing benevolent shortarsed space aliens.
From the Firefly talk, you're obviously after a bunch of leads playing a sort of RPG adventuring party (probably with their own spaceship as well), so how about Arthur Darville, David Tennant, James Marsters, Dermot Morgan (playing a mad scientist as a less stupid Calum Gilhooly), Vinnie Jones, and possibly an American or two as well.
(As a quasi feudal but high-tech society run by clashing religious community will likely have a ban on "machines that think like a man" an illegal AI in an android body in order to be passed off as a human being would seem to be obligatory. No idea how to cast that, though.)
As some sort of Amazonian female badass combat monster seems inevitable in these stories, what's Lucy Lawless been doing since Eurotrip?
The most important thing, of course, is not to cast Asia Argento in it at all. It isn't just the actress' father who forgets how important this vital rule is, sadly.
And obviously, any film or television series is better with BRIAN BLESSED.
I was thinking of a more international cast, but add maybe a few Native Americans (one would have to be a shaman type) and one neo traditional warrior type.
But Peter Capaldi as the church head villian? I would have gone with Jeremy Irons. He did great in showtimes 'the Borgias.'
Rose Leslie would make a great freeborn cut the male slavers dick off and make him eat it type.
But think of this, a fractured human society on various worlds that would have to be within a very narrow set of parameters that humans could adapt to, would mean that you would have humans that were from higher than normal gravity worlds as well as less than normal, each creating their own handicaps.
That is one of my pet peeves with current sci fi movies and tv, all human planets are almost perfect copies of earth.
And then there is another facet to consider, one that the 'church' would have major issues with, genetic manipulation or engineering.
Say, for instance, that at the dawn of interstellar travel, some agency decided after discovering planets in systems that were less than ideal, to manipulate the human genome to create humans specifically adapted for the less than ideal environments?
I mean there was a series that tried to address this, 'Space Above and Beyond,' but did not take it far enough.
And finally, what function would Earth have in this new society? A revered home world? A blighted Eden that had to be partially abandoned? Or the center of some campaign to reunite feuding children under one rule?
Or all of the above?
Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don't you think?
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