Complete Look at the Full Cast of Sylvain White's The Losers
by Alex Billington
July 13, 2009
If you hadn't already heard, Matrix producer Joel Silver is developing an adaptation of the Vertigo comic series The Losers at Warner Brothers (already due for release next April). Sylvain White, of Stomp the Yard previously, is writing and directing, making this his first foray into big-budget action. With the news today (via THR) that Holt McCallany has joined the cast, I thought it would be as good a time as any to do a full-fledged feature on the film (and its cast), as I haven't written about it that much before today. The best part of this project is the impressive ensemble cast that Sylvain was gathered up, so let's take a closer look.
Here's the plot (from Wikipedia): Originally a Special Forces team seconded to the CIA in the 90s, the Losers were betrayed by their handler, Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. Eager for revenge and the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list, the Losers regroup and conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests, uncovering startling operations spearheaded by the enigmatic Max, whose influence within the CIA and US government is unparalleled.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is Clay: The Leader, easily identified by a consistent use of black suits without ties. Commonly referred to as 'the Colonel,' perhaps alluding to his rank prior to the team's "death." A meticulous planner, initiative-taker and an excellent leader, Clay harbors the largest grudge against Max, at times appearing visibly angry at the mention of his name.
Idris Elba is Roque: The second-in-command, easily identified by the large, vertical scar down the right side of his face and icy demeanor. His ruthless thirst for money motivates a majority of his actions, including the serial betrayal of the Losers and many of his underlings.
Chris Evans is Jensen: The hacker of the group, characterized by his spiky blonde hair, glasses and a conspicuous beard on his chin. Known for his nonstop motormouth that often leads him into trouble and a variety of conversational tangents.
Óscar Jaenada is Cougar: The sniper, identified by his cowboy hat and haunted demeanor. Morose and laconic as a result of a traumatic combat incident in Afghanistan. An absolute genius with the rifle.
Columbus Short is Pooch: The pilot of the group, identifiable by his shaved head and laid-back appearance, has been known to pilot any ground, air or sea vehicle with ease. Despite his involvement with the CIA and Special Forces, is also married with children.
Zoe Saldana is Aisha: The loose cannon who partners with the Losers in light of their common goal of killing Max. Skilled in all combat skills, with particular emphasis on melee and reconnaissance, stemming from a harsh upbringing in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A cold-blooded killer who prefers to leave corpses rather than survivors when she engages the enemy.
The Bad Guys:
Jason Patric is Max: A Keyser Söze-like mastermind wielding unprecedented, covert influence over the US intelligence community and military institutions. Organized the assassination of Aisha's father, a slave trader and local warlord, and the subsequent "accident" of the Losers when they went off-mission. Although the current Max enjoys substantial influence over the CIA and infamy throughout the Black Ops community, the "Max" codename predates the CIA itself by several years.
Holt McCallany is Wade: A "psychotic mercenary" who is involved in the Santa Maria massacre witnessed by the Losers in Colombia. Also described by THR as a "Special Forces officer who has left the group." My guess is that he becomes a henchman for Max in the movie, but who knows.
At one point earlier this year, Jeremy Renner mentioned that he was up for a role in The Losers, although it looks like that didn't pan out. I haven't actually read the comics myself (you can read some sample chapters over on Vertigo's website), but there's something about this comic series and adaptation that just intrigues me. I don't expect it to necessarily be groundbreaking, but its got a great mix of actors and I think it should at least be pretty action-packed and thrilling. As for Sylvain White, I can only say I hope he does a good job.
The Losers is already scheduled to hit theaters on April 16th, which means they better start shooting in the next few months or they won't make that release. I believe this might be one of the first "anti-hero" comic book adaptations we'll see - where the story isn't necessarily about a group of good guys looking to kill bad guys. It's about a group of good guys who were betrayed and thus turn into bad guys and go after who we're supposed to perceive is a good guy, or is at least working for the CIA. As I said, nothing groundbreaking, but potentially an exciting action thriller with a fantastic cast. We'll be keeping our eye on this, so stay tuned!
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
On the picture there are only 5 losers. Whats with the other one?
d on Jul 13, 2009
Finally some news. I love this comic, and think it will make a great action film if it sticks to the comic. Nice to see Joel giving a first timer the realm! Keep us posted.
dom on Jul 13, 2009
I still can't quite believe this is actually happening... or that Sylvain has pulled together such a white-hot cast! If you haven't read THE LOSERS yet, you can still get in on the ground floor and download the entire 32-page first issue for free from the DC Comics/Vertigo website: http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=1687 "Never miss an issue. I'm down with The Losers in a big way. It's tough to make international espionage fresh, and I love that book." -- JOSS WHEDON "If there's a more consistently enthralling, action-packed comic than this, I'll eat my hat... Hollywood will be lucky if it can pull off a caper flick that’s half as entertaining as The Losers" -- AIN’T IT COOL NEWS "A terriffic caper created by British scribe Andy Diggle... With a muscular visual style - courtesy of resident artist Jock - already in place, even Hollywood can't fuck up The Losers" -- EMPIRE MAGAZINE "A fantastic conspiracy theory thriller." -- IAN RANKIN "This series is much more than just an action-packed extravaganza. There’s real depth to this series. Depth to the plot. Depth in the characters. It’s as intriguing as it is exciting, and as suspenseful as it is powerful... The Losers is the comic book equivalent of dynamite... Shockingly good stuff" -- C.H.U.D. http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=1687
Andy Diggle on Jul 13, 2009
@#1... read much? "Zoe Saldana is Aisha: The loose cannon who partners with the Losers in light of their common goal"
Joel on Jul 13, 2009
This sounds pretty cool...it seems like one of those movies where you pick out your favorite character and you really want him to kick the most ass in the movie! Until i see a trailing I cant say id see it the first weekend it comes out but id think about it.
tankmaster on Jul 13, 2009
looks promising. I like the cast
Dan W on Jul 13, 2009
Cast looks good but we shall see.
Johnny Neat on Jul 13, 2009
hey #1 and #4, Pooch the pilot is the one missing from the cover cuz hes not one of the main characters the...look much?
D on Jul 13, 2009
#8- It's Roque that is missing. The series is a genius, I highly recommend it.
Bahumbug on Jul 13, 2009
Sweet! Knowing Morgan, he might throw out the script again and read the comic. That guy is awesome! Been a fan since Supernatural. Awesome actor!
Tra la la di da on Jul 13, 2009
Sounds awesome. I look forward to this and its good to see Chris Evans getting some decent roles. He was awesome in Sunshine, but keeps picking bad scripts (Fantastic Four) or incomplete scripts (Push).
Ben on Jul 13, 2009
That's the first time to hear about this comic book series although i will give it a go.
Fisherr on Jul 14, 2009
It sounded intrigueing to me at first, as I loved the bold slash style of the comic. These often don't turn out well however, but I must say this is a very interesting , eclectic cast they have gathered. Jason Patric as Max sealed my ticket for the first weekend. There must be something in it if he is doing it. I've loved him since RUSH, and when he chooses to work, there is not a real leading man out there that can touch him. I hope sexy Zoe and Jason have scenes together. FIRE BABY>
Jingo on Jul 15, 2009
They are filming some scenes in july in Puerto rico
thr3 on Jul 26, 2009
This definitely has my interest. The cast and the screenwriters (Peter Berg and ZODIAC's Jim Vanderbilt) are solid, but I'm really not sure about the director. I'll wait until a trailer comes out before I weigh in positively or negatively. BTW, as thr3 said, filming has already begun.
Corran Horn on Aug 7, 2009
So far so good, the movie is looking good. Can't say exactly where we are filming or details, just that the acting is great, the stunts are crazy, and the action is hot. Look for it next year. God bless. JD-
JD- on Aug 28, 2009
The film is great it was really funny when Jensen(Chris Evans) said that he was a robot or something LOL
Lol on Feb 3, 2011
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