Casting Sunday: Akerman is Silk Spectre, Haley is Rorschach, Chow is Kato
by Alex Billington
July 22, 2007
This is almost pointless to mention, because in a matter of 5 days or so, director Zack Snyder himself will take the stage at Comic-Con and he should announce every last cast member for Watchmen. However, these details are starting to come out and they're still going to be called unconfirmed rumors as we hold out for just a few more days.
A slew of casting rumors have hit this weekend, two of which pertain to the aforementioned Watchmen, the other to the just announced Seth Rogen version of The Green Hornet. For Watchmen, scoopers have revealed that Malin Akerman is Silk Spectre / Laurie Jupiter and Jackie Earle Haley is Rorschach. For The Green Hornet, Seth Rogen has said his first choice is Stephen Chow for Kato.
The first two scoops for Watchmen come from Latino Review, which state that after endless rumors, Jackie Earle Haley is confirmed as the mysterious character Rorschach. As for Malin Akerman, it's a little bit more skeptical. The reason why is that she's somewhat of a small star with minor roles in not-very-good upcoming comedies like The Heartbreak Kid and The Brothers Solomon. However, their scooper seems to believe that she has been cast.
As for The Green Hornet, the news hit a few days ago saying that comedian Seth Rogen would both write and star in a new adaptation of the radio and television classic. However, this new bit of casting comes from an article at the LA Times where Rogen said he wants Kung Fu Hustle director and actor Stephen Chow to play the Green Hornet's masked and martial arts-enabled sidekick Kato. The character was originally played by Bruce Lee in the 1960's television series. Although Chow is not at all actually cast or confirmed, it is Rogen's hope and I'm sure he's going to try hard to cast Chow.
I'm certain we'll revisit the full casting of Watchmen on Friday morning at Comic-Con during the Warner Brothers panel with Zack Snyder, so stay tuned for that. As for The Green Hornet details, we'll keep you updated as that film develops.
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
When will they learn that the Green Hornet is not a super hero? He has no superpowers and does not wear tights! And the character is not to be played in a comedic vein. Some how Hollywood keeps trying to make this harder than it is. Think James Bond with a mask and a partner. Not RUSH HOUR! At least the French go it right in this short film: http://www.lefrelonvert-court.com/
V194 on Jul 22, 2007
Stephen Chow will NEVER play second fiddle to some second fiddle hollywood actor. the guy is a GOD in asia. rogen can forget about it.
anonymous on Jul 23, 2007
This has less to do with the casting decision and more with the way Malin Akerman's career was brought up. I don't defend or condemn this casting one way or another, but your arguements are pretty weak. She's a "small star with minor roles in not-very-good upcoming comedies like The Heartbreak Kid and The Brothers Solomon". First off, I would come to the classic arguement that an actor can still be very solid in a film even if they don't have above-the-title recognition (everyone has to start from somewhere). You also call er upcoming films "not-very-good" which would mean you have either seen them or have made a wild assumption. 'The Heartbreak Kid' has a decent trailer. The trailer for "The Brothers Solomon" did not make me laugh though I could be surprised because you did say that its director made an amusing film last year with "Let's Go to Prison". Even if the movies do suck, Ms. Akerman might be the only ray of hope in each film (we shall see). Mostly you have to trust the director (Zack Snyder) and believe, based on his past works, that he can cast interesting people as his leads. Sorry to be long-winded and critical of you Alex. I'm sure many will not know what to make of this casting pick but can all agree that she looked great in her topless scene in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
Charlie on Jul 23, 2007
Stephen Chow will never be Kato. Bruce Lee is his idol, and he will never go thru what Bruce gone thru as some stereo type asian role.
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