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Added by DiabetesMan on 17 Feb 2015 05:55
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Blood Meridian Fan Cast

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as Judge Holden

Judge Holden will be the hardest character to cast for a film. He is seven feet tall, pale, very large, and almost alien like. But after watching True Detective I think Glenn Fleshler is perfect for it. He is over 6 feet tall and they can use camera tricks and special effects to make him look bigger. But more importantly I think he would be able to pull off the Judge's larger than life personality. He can be both menacing and have that sense of joy with violence. Watch True Detective and you can see how he would be able to pull it off.
Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
as The Kid

The Kid is basically born in violence and it becomes all he knows throughout his whole life. He takes a lot of stuff in and he is like a sponge to violence. After watching Mud, Tye is a great new actor and he can play young men trying to survive in the world. He also is young enough to play the kid but also be tough enough to be violent as The Kid.
as Louis Toadvine

Toadvine to me has always been someone who doesn't necessarily like violence but knows he has to do it to survive. He was born in the wrong century and should have been a Spartan warrior or gladiator. He befriends, if you can call it that, The Kid and they commit many violent acts together. He is terrifying like you would imagine. If you have seen Michael Shannon in anything you can see why he would be perfect for it. Shannon can pull off being both violent and a friend.
as John Joel Glanton

Glanton is basically insane. He can lead a group and is actually a very intelligent and clever strategist. He has similarities to General Custer. This character is also somewhat of a legend and has that outlaw status about him even though he probably doesn't view himself that way. McConaughey is perfect for this role. He can play crazy well and also play someone who is a charismatic leader.
Average listal rating (503 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
as Captain White

White is an ex-military captain who believes that Mexico is a lawless land and it is destined to be conquered. He is racist and is very arrogant. The violence he inflicts he believes is justified and is for the greater good of the United States. J.K. Simmons is a great character actor and he has more than shown he could play this character. His character in Whiplash shows he can be terrifying and someone who leads through fear. And his time on the tv show Oz shows he has the chops to pull off being an insane racist.
as Ben Tobin

An outlaw who is still very religious. Goggins already played that perfectly on season 1 of Justified. Tobin becomes a great friend to The Kid and really hates The Judge and everything he stands for. I think this would be a slightly different trait than Goggins usually plays and it would be nice to see him as a somewhat of a good guy. Goggins can pull it off and it would show how wide Goggins' range is.

Average listal rating (545 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
as David Brown

Brown is a very violent and evil man. Wearing a necklace made of human ears he is like something out of a Wes Craven film. His character in the film will basically be the one that the audience knows to fear whenever he is on screen. But more than that he is the most fanatic of Glanton's gang and the one that you want to see dead more than any other character, at least in my opinion. Hardy has played violent characters before from Bane to Bronson. He can be violent and scary while also still not being so unbearable to where you don't want to see him any more.
as Reverend Green

Green isn't in the novel very long but for the film I think they could make his character last a little longer and interact with The Kid and Judge longer. Like many preachers he is charismatic but he is one of the few good people in the novel. Cranston can do that perfectly since he is a great actor and after Breaking Bad it would be nice to see him play a nice character.
as The Black John Jackson

Jackson has to put up with a lot of crap since he is black and alive during a time that is not kind to black people. He always seems to be on the verge of exploding anger understandably. Boseman is a great actor and he has had versatile roles to show how he can play any character. He can be both tough and sympathetic.
Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0
as The White John Jackson

Basically he is a racist jerk always bothering the black John Jackson. He is like a bully and is constantly making remarks about the black Jackson. They both are constantly at odds with one another and he seems to enjoy it. Durand is great at playing these kind of characters so I think he would be perfect for it.

This film if it followed the novel completely would be so violent and unsettling it would be hard to watch for a lot of audiences. It needs the atmosphere of being violent, with a sense of dread, and almost be like a horror film. Season 1 of True Detective showed Fukunaga can do all that. The atmosphere of that season was able to feel like violence was always around the corner and every shot was beautiful but still had a sense of fear behind it.

Basically read everything I wrote about the director Fukunaga and apply it here. Pizzolatto wrote True Detective and it seems like he is able to write very dark and mature dramas while being thrilling and thought provoking. He also is able to write about bad men while it not being so unbearable it becomes difficult to watch.

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy is my favorite novel of all time. It has been called "unfilmmable" multiple times. There have been rumors for years about turning into a movie though. Here are who I would like to see play the characters if a film adaptation ever happens.

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