As some of you know, I’m a big fan of the television program Lost. I love it, watch it religiously blah blah blah. Recently I began rewatching the first two seasons in prep for the fourth season premiere in February (the third season DVD release is something I’m eagerly awaiting). And with recent news that they are ending it after the 6th season, with the next three seasons being shortened to 16 episode seasons (as opposed to the standard 22 episodes in a season), I got to thinking how they would end it. I was thinking maybe leave the series finale open ended, and then wrap it up with a movie, just to milk it a little longer. It could happen.
And that got me even more curious. What if they made a Lost movie? Well, obviously they’d cast the TV actors, which would make this blog posting absolutely no fun. So, I specified it. What if in the Lost universe, they made a movie about the castaways? A film with in a show. Sort of like in the second two Scream flicks they had the Stab movies where Luke Wilson was Skeet Ulrich. Anyway… Who would play the Lost castaways in the Lost universe story of the castaways.
Now keep in mind, the flashbacks would not come into play. That’s something we as an audience are privy to, but not the other castaways, and not the producers of said movie. Plus it’s just the story of them on the island, not their lives before it. So the whole, Boone/Shannon thing, they wouldn’t know about that. So my casting for those roles isn’t that crazy, considering they wouldn’t play it like Boone and Shannon we know.
So here it is, my cast list for the Lost movie within the show…
Jack Shepard- Robert Downey, Jr.- He’s been experiencing a career renaissance lately, and a good juicy dramatic role would be the perfect role for him to take. Plus he tends to play characters with alcohol problems, what with his personal experiences to draw from.
Kate Austin- Rosario Dawson- Has been a go-to leading lady for former indie directors (Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and Spike Lee have all used her), and could use this as a springboard into full-time leading lady status. Plus her combination girl next door charm and sexy edge would make her right for Kate, if she can pull off that air of mystery.
James “Sawyer” Ford- Ryan Gosling- After playing mostly good guys, or generally likable characters, he would definitely mix it up by playing an anti-hero.
John Locke- David Morse- He’s intense. And he’s got that, wise older man aura about him.
Charlie Pace- Ben Foster- Ben Foster has made a name for himself for picking his scripts and playing unconventional characters, so a drugged out fading rockstar would be right up his alley. Plus he can show off an accent.
Hugo “Hurley” Reyes- Horatio Sanz- Let’s face it, he’s comic relief. And they’d go with a comic for him.
Sayid Jarrah- Omar Metwally- He’s an intense, serious looking actor of Middle Eastern descent, and would be good to play a jaded war vet.
Claire Littleton- Bryce Dallas Howard- You want a young damsel in distress? Look no further than Howard.
Jin Kwon- Daniel Day Kim
Sun Kwon- Yunjin Kim- These two, I just had to go with the actors from the show, because quite frankly it was hard enough to find Korean-American actors who speak fluent Korean when they were casting the show in real life, do you think they’re gonna have it any easier in fictional Hollywood that’s still somewhat grounded in reality? Of course not. So it makes sense they’d pick two, and it’s entirely within the realm of possibility they’d cast these two.
Michael Dawson-Courtney B. Vance- I think he’s got the right intensity to him to play the role of a distraught father.
Shannon Rutherford- Maggie Gyllenhaal
Boone Carlyle- Jake Gyllenhaal- Brother/Sister acting duo playing brother/sister on screen. Makes sense. Again, the flashback scenes would not be part of the castaway’s movie, so that subplot would not be known to anyone.
Ben Linus- Paul Giamatti- He can do the evil genius.
Mr. Eko- Djimon Hunsou- Do I really need to explain this one? African character, meet African actor.
Desmond Hume- Gerard Butler- It’s certainly different than any character he’s played in the past. I think Gerard Butler would take it.
Ana-Lucia Cortez- Michelle Rodriguez- Again went with the show’s casting on this one, but Michelle Rodriguez has long been Hollywood’s go-to tough chick.
Tom Friendly- M.C. Gainey- Again it’s the show’s actor, but he’s such a prolific character actor, and I can’t think of anyone else for the role.
Juliet Burke- Sabrina Lloyd- I can’t think of a good reason why I went with her. But she just seems to fit, to me anyway.
Danielle Rousseau- Juliette Binoche- Hey, she’s French. That’s good enough for a casting director.