We’ve polled our readers before, many times, on how you’d “cast” a particular case or true-crime property. Today’s question is a bit different, though; instead of casting X case with Y actor or actors, let’s assign X actor/s to Y case. Put the performer first, in other words.
Here’s an example: in the last few days, we got casting news about the first season of American Sports Story. I don’t have a strong opinion on the choices per se — mostly I’d rather they’d picked a different topic in the first place — but my first sort of semi-formed thought was, “Channing Tatum should be in this.” And in fact he…shouldn’t; he’s not young enough for the main roles, and not quite old enough to play Belichick (maybe he could play Gronk if you put enough Vaseline on the lens?).
But I’d like to see Tatum do more genre stuff. He’s not brilliant, but he’s usually quite watchable and sympathetic; he did better than he got credit for in Foxcatcher, IMO, and he does have the kind of “period face” (see: Public Enemies, although that wig is not it) that suggests him for Depression-era roles.
I’ll save my 33 1/3 Short Films About Linda Fairstein Meg Ryan crackpottery for the comments, and turn it over to y’all. Who’s YOUR actor in search of a “career case”? - SDB
Post-KOTFM I was looking at Leo's filmography, and not only has he been in quite a few true crime films, he's also exec produced some, including a Jim Jones doc. No surprise then that he has a Jones bio in the works, but I'd much prefer he do a small scale grifter role, like The Informant!
Another 90s icon, to me at least, Tim Roth should really get a good true crime story of yore.
Would love to see Gillian Anderson,.Viveca Fox, or Sharon Stone in a black widow role.
I want to see some “it’s that guy/gal” types. People with more rugged or irregular face/body shapes. I don’t see nearly enough of William Fitchner or Clancy Brown. Margo Martindale has me in her clutches for anything, as does CCH Pounder (I don’t want her cast as law enforcement) and where’s Callie Thorne?