As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I feel the Flash Gordon universe has never been done right outside comics. As much as I enjoy the 1980 campy “Flash Gordon” I’m also aware it’s not a very good reflection of the characters. But there’s hope on the horizon.
The recent news that Matthew Vaughn was in talks to direct a new big screen adaptation of Flash Gordon made me very happy for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it’s about damn time Flash Gordon and friends got another shot at a live action movie. And if Matthew Vaughn does direct, then I know the characters are (for once) in very good hands.
Matthew Vaughn has proven he can tackle comedy and action in his films. But when he has to be serous Vaughn can do that too. Check out “Layer Cake” and X-Men: First Class” for evidence. Both films are a bit serious but also funny.
It’s a fine line, but this new Flash Gordon can’t afford to be as campy as the 1980 movie, nor can it seem like it’s trying to copy Star Wars (even if Flash Gordon was created first). But if any man can handle the pressure its Matthew Vaughn.
I’m really hoping he signs on as director and that in a couple of years I’ll be able to enjoy a new Flash Gordon adventure at my local multiples. To help Vaughn make up his mind, here’s my dream cast for the new and improved Flash Gordon:
Bradley Cooper as Flash Gordon
Cooper has the acting chops and the comedic timing for Flash Gordon. And he’s not bad in action scenes either. Just make him an Air Force pilot instead of the New York Jets quarterback.
Alan Rickman as Emperor Min
Time for Rickman to return to his villanous roots.
Emily Blunt as Dale Arden
Forget the damsel in distress Dale Arden from the 1980 movie. The new Dale needs to be more like the one in the comics. She’s still the girl next door, but she can kick ass with the best of them when the situation calls for it.
Emma Watson as Princess Aura
Yes Emma Watson will look younger than Bradley Cooper, but that could work in the movie’s favor. Flash could be the Princess’ first crush, much to the much to his chagrin of her father and Prince Barin.
Pierce Brosnan Dr. Hans Zarkov
Give Pierce Brosnan a Duck Dynasty beard and make him even crazier. Just think of the possibilities!
Idris Elba as Prince Barin
Because it’s about time he played royalty dammit!
Hugo Weaving as General Klytus
Weaving did an amazing job behind a mask in “V for Vendetta,” so this won’t be a new experience for him. We’ll just forget that whole Red Skull episode ever happened. And to be fair, Weaving was probably one of the better things in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
Richard Sherman as Prince Vultan
You may be asking yourself why Richard Sherman? Basically because I can’t picture anyone else in the role.