Video games have transcended and influence everything from music, TV, technology, lifestyles, and the most famous of people in Hollywood. Video games are a billion-dollar industry growing at an exponential rate, and naturally, we want to see some big names attached to them.
With big name writers from Hollywood wanting to cash in on some of the biggest franchises in gaming, gaming movies have taken center-stage when it comes to entertainment, fame and fortune. Catching the attention of the biggest actors such as Angelina Jolie, Dwayne Johnson, Elijah Wood, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, and more; the fans are clamoring to get their favorite actors to bolster the roster of video game movies, but in some cases, it’s just not meant to be.
15 Nathan Fillion As Nathan Drake (Uncharted)
A year ago, us fans were teased with a fan-made film starring everyone’s favorite, multi-talented actor, Nathan Fillion, as Nathan Drake, and they nailed it. It’s as if Nathan Fillion were born for this role. His square-jawed, witty, and over-the-top personality would be perfect for this adaptation.
But with him getting up in age and his already established acting career, alongside the fact that this has been in talks for years, we might never see him in this role.
14 Dave Bautista As Marcus Fenix (Gears Of War)
“There’s nothing more rewarding than chain sawing through some grub’s chest cavity,” is what I’m sure a COG soldier once said. Dave Bautista has the muscle, cache, and the grit to pull off Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War movie.
But let's not kid ourselves, many outlets have outright laughed at his acting prowess. And with the movie Stuber on his resume, I would think twice about this casting.
13 Hugh Jackman As Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
Metal Gear Solid follows the heroic and often semi-realistic life of video game character, Solid Snake. A tough as nails character who wants nothing but to unlock the answers to his past and stop evil in the world, who else better to play a hard knock role than Hugh Jackman?
With Hugh Jackman stepping away from playing everyone’s favorite mutant over the past eighteen years, it’s less likely that we see him hiding in a cardboard box and choking people out, as this role would not be a one movie deal.
12 Christopher Judge As Kratos (God Of War)
When the newGod of War was released last year to universal acclaim, people touted it as game of the year. And with Christopher Judge voicing the god of vengeance so perfectly, who else would we want to see play him?
But rarely do we see voice actors cross over and play their counterpart on-screen. If this movie were to come to fruition, the studio will want an actor who has cache, and isn’t known for simply saying "Boy."
11 Terry Crews As Agent (Crackdown)
When we saw Terry Crews sporting the massive cannon and futuristic police gear in the Crackdown trailers, we thought we’d get an energetic version of him in the game, but we were wrong. Though the game kind of flopped, the idea that everyone’s favorite muscleman playing an Agent of justice didn’t fade away.
There’s little to no chance we’ll see him suit up as the game didn’t garner enough attention or funds to warrant a big-name actor. But we can always wish to see Terry lifting cars and kicking criminal butt.
10 Ellen Paige As Ellie (The Last Of Us)
Let’s not kid ourselves, The Last of Us is a narratively driven masterpiece of a game that could have easily been a movie. With the game’s protagonist, Ellie, being based heavily on actress Ellen Paige, there is no one else we fans would love to see being chased by clickers.
But with her doing more to help people than acting these days, it’s less than likely that we’ll see her playing the fearful girl running from half-dead zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. We can always wish.
9 Norman Reedus As John Marsten (Red Dead Redemption)
Westerns have captivated audiences since the dawn of the radio. The story of one man against the odds of the world is the story of America. That’s why Red Dead Redemption is on this list, and why Norman Reedus would be the perfect John Marsten. With his low eyes, scruffy look, and slim frame - resembling Dirty Harry - Norman could own this role.
But with Rockstar and Take-Two always wanting control of their properties, it’s less likely the studios would sign on and work with a trimmed down story of one of the greatest games ever. Plus, Norman's got a hectic schedule with him in the new Death Stranding game.
8 Jack Nicholson As Trevor Philips (GTA V)
Let's face it, Jack Nicholson looks crazy in every picture he takes. That's why he'd be the perfect fit to play Trevor Philips in a GTA: V movie. With his over-the-top acting, grit, and devious smile, who wouldn't cast him to play the trailer park hero?
But let's not kid ourselves - Jack's probably over the hill at this point to be running, gunning, and playing with criminals in the backseat of a Comet sports car.
7 Michael Fassbender As Corvo Attano (Dishonored)
With the games rooted deep in European lore, we’d like to see an actor that could portray the Corvo Attano’s laid back yet killer instinct. Who better to lead the way than Michael Fassbender? Having played roles in video game movies such as in Assassin’s Creed, he’s very familiar with the gaming genre.
But if the sales numbers are to show his success rate in game movies, such as Assassin’s Creed, it’s more likely that the studio will look to a lesser known actor to do the assassinating.
6 John Cena As Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem)
John Cena's acting career is taking off as his popularity outside the ring continues to grow. Couple his popularity with two guns, witty dialogue, and pair of Rayban glasses and dammit, we've got Duke Nukem in the flesh.
But Duke likes to drop f-bombs every sentence, and that doesn't fit John's persona. In fact, it may be more detrimental for him to play Duke, because it a character that's completely out of his comfort zone.
5 Rick Yune As Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue)
As a fan of Rick Yune, and of the Shenmue series, I believe he could bring something special to this role. Rich with history, Shenmue is a deep story that spans years. And because the story begins when, Ryo, the protagonist, is just a young boy, and most of the story takes place when he is a teenager, this make Yune past the prime age for the role
Rick is no spring chicken, so believing he would be cast to play a role that may span a few movies is highly unlikely, given his age and the fact that a Shenmue adaptation would need to be several films long. Father time remains unbeaten.
4 Jake Gyllenhaal As Agent (The Division)
Face it, Jake can play any role and we’d enjoy every minute of it. The Division, I believe, is one of those roles where he would have the freedom to be himself, but that’s not always a good thing.
He appears to be most comfortable when he is playing the role of a character that has a backstory, but because The Division has no specific protagonist it follow, it’s unlikely he would take a chance on a movie that would be bargain bin worthy at launch.
3 Ryan Gosling As The Sole Survivor (Fallout)
After seeing Ryan Gosling excel in Bladerunner 2049, playing a role other than a romantic boy-toy, he’d be a perfect fit in the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout. As an actor who can speak volumes with his many facial expressions and bring a world to life with his one-liners, the Fallout universe would fit him well.
Unfortunately, with him being one of the top actors in Hollywood, taking one on the chin on an unproven series on the big screen may be a chance he wouldn’t take. Plus, Bladerunner didn’t meet expectations. Maybe people don’t want to see Ryan beaten and bruised.
2 Daniel Craig As BJ Blazkowicz (Wolfenstein)
WhenWolfenstein: The New Colossus dropped, we were introduced to a new world, rich with story and lore, and not the good kind. The Axis had taken over, and it’s BJ Blazkowicz’s job to put an end to them. With Daniel Craig’s stern demeanor and acting talents, he could easily fit into this world of tyranny.
Because Craig is very particular about the roles he plays, especially being from the U.K., it may not be a particular role he wants to delve into, being that many countries over the pond can’t even use the word Nazi.
1 Aaron Staton As Cole Philips (L.A. Noire)
It takes a special actor to play roles that are set decades before many of us were born. Aaron Staton burst onto the scene with with role in the AMC drama, Mad Men. But does that mean he's a good fit for an L.A. Noire adaptation? Voicing a character is very different than playing one.
With his boyish looks, he's a bit goofy to play a hard nose cop set in the forties of L.A. Though he is set to try out for the job, with his clear experience in the role, it may just fall through.