Sam Worthington Confirms His Involvement in 'Dan Dare' Movie

March 31, 2010
Source: MTV

Sam Worthington / Dan Dare

Earlier this month we reported on a casting rumor that Aussie actor Sam Worthington would be playing Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future in an upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi British comic book series about the chief pilot of the Interplanet Space Fleet. I didn't think the news was false, however it's always good to get solid confirmation from the person involved. MTV talked with Worthington recently, who confirmed that he is involved with Dan Dare as well as another comic book adaptation called The Last Days of American Crime (first reported last November). Best of all, he seems pretty damn excited about taking on Dan Dare.

"'Dan Dare,' same type of thing — we're seeing how they're going to develop it and where they want it to go," he said. "I'm at that stage now where I want to do movies where I get my $16 worth. … Something like 'Dan Dare,' there was something in the reboot by [Garth Ennis] that was amazing."

If he enjoyed the series enough and feels like a Dan Dare movie could be one that is worth paying $16 for, then I'm all for it, too. That reboot he's talking about is a reboot of the comic that launched in 2008 through Virgin Comics (pick it up on Amazon). Introduced in 1950, the property is one of the UK's most successful comic series ever and is described as a British version of Buck Rogers. Originally, no writer or director was attached, but I have a feeling they have a script or spec at least, or else Worthington wouldn't be speaking so enthusiastically about this. I'm not even sure why, but I'm pretty damn excited about this adaptation as well.

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He needs to slow down

Sharlto on Mar 31, 2010


Definitely not worth $16.00

sean on Mar 31, 2010


#2 - How do you know? Give it a chance!

Alex Billington on Mar 31, 2010


Ever read a Dan Dare comic? Worthington is miscast.

poo on Mar 31, 2010


I got quite drunk with the artist who draws the new Dan Dare once. One thing though, Dan dare is English and kindo like an old tally ho chaps 1940's stiff upper lip type hero, but maybe Sam can do that, who knows...

Crapola on Mar 31, 2010


Worthington is being casted in too many movies, and for the most part he hasn't wowed a lot of, I'm a fan and all but he needs as #1 said slow down a bit, as for Dan Dare I believe he can do it, and I'm gonna keep it on my list of films to see.

Xerxex on Mar 31, 2010


It's actors like Sam that make me respect Leo Dicaprio. He could have gone this route easily but instead chose to make movies with heart and emotion that showcase his talent. I would rather pay 16$ for Shutter Island than for the crappy explosion movies Sam seems to love.

John on Mar 31, 2010


Worthington is hopeless at accents. I'd imagine his attempt at the sort of posh English chap that Dan Dare seems on the page would end up more like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. I like him, but he's too much of a macho Aussie bloke for this part. Damien Lewis would be a better fit.

Mathieu on Mar 31, 2010


Worthington's not an actor, he's a strategically placed movie star. The best actors worked their way up and proved themselves with their talent. Sam's done no such thing.

SlashBeast on Apr 9, 2010


@8 - Worthington is British born so his British accent is actually very good. Don't be fooled by his preferred workman persona - He was upper crust born, has never known a real days work and his rough Aussie accent is just a put on. The guy is British and just happens to live in Australia. After all that, he might actually be quite good as Dare but surely someone "prettier" might be in order?

Steve on Apr 16, 2010

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