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My day began with only one goal: finish my critique of the mongraph Truman's Dilemma: Invasion or The Bomb.  However, once I get it in my head to do a picspam, there really is no room for anything else.  When I first started watching Firefly, I hated all the cast members aside from Morena Baccarin and Summer Glau.  As I continued to watch and fall in love with the series, I grew to love every character and (almost) every cast member as though they were part of my immediate family.  However, I still  couldn't get the idea of a recast out of my head.  And so I decided, what the heck, picspam it is! I think I outdid my own expectations: 

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau || Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds

My first encounter with Nathan Fillion was as Caleb on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I didn't like him then, and I didn't like him when I first began watching. Eventually I came to warm up to him and am even considering watching Castle just for him. I chose Nikolaj last of all, because I was having trouble finding someone who could embody Mal's leadership qualities both both in physicality and aura - Nikolaj does a great job as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, and he's got that air of self-confidence down to a T.

Emmanuelle Chriqui || Inara Serra

So I love Morena Baccarin. I actually considered not re-casting her because she's so awesome. Anyway, Inara is my favourite character after Zoe so I wanted to choose someone absolutely perfect for her. At first I considered Naya Rivera from Glee, but I feel like Emmanuelle Chriqui is much better suited. She's extremely sexy and sultry, but gives off a sense of kindness as well. Plus, just look at her face. She's gorgeous.

Matthew Macfadyen || Hoban "Wash" Washburne

I actually had a surprisingly difficult time recasting Wash, because even though when I first started the show Alan Tudyk just just bothered me, by the end I couldn't see Wash as anyone else. Eventually, though, I settled on Matthew. Matthew Macfadyen just makes me happy. When I see his face I think of the quaint English countryside and cottages with ivy. He's got a sweet, boyish face that's perfect for Wash's personality.

Angel Coulby || Zoe Alleyne Washburne

Ah, Zoe. Zoe is by far my favourite character. However, I just can't stand Gina Torres. She's just that breed of actress that gets on my nerves for no reason at all (along with Kristen Bell and Hayden Panetierre), and even by the end of the show I still couldn't stand her. She was the strongest reason for this picspam, because she was just ruining Zoe for me. At first I thought of casting Lesley-Ann Brandt, then I figured Zoe Saldana was a much better choice, and then I remembered Angel and she just fit. Angel's gorgeous but can definitely play kickass, strong, and capable. I'd love to see her in action as Zoe.

Craig Horner || Jayne Cobb

Interestingly enough, with Jayne, I think he's a funny combination between adorable and complete douchebag. I just want to see Craig play that, honestly. He was so fantastic on Legend of the Seeker, bringing out so many different facets of his character's personality, that I know he'd just be amazing at giving Jayne depth and making him a sympathetic character.

Danny Glover || Shepherd Derrial Book

I was almost going to not recast Shepherd at all, not because of any love for the actor (although I love him loads) but because I came to the shameful realization that I really don't know all that many older, male black actors. Eventually I looked up 'male black actors' on IMDB and Danny Glover was on that list and I went, "of course!" I first saw Danny Glover in The Colour Purple and have loved him ever since. He just fits, too, you know? I like the picture I chose in particular, because it really just seems like he's inserted into the Firefly world.

Emilie de Ravin || Kaylee Frye

Not much to say here except that Emilie is adorable and has the best accent. Originally I was going to cast Jane Levy as Kaylee, but then I remembered Emilie and I realized she was a much better fit.

Joseph Morgan || Dr. Simon Tam

I love this casting decision. I think Joseph Morgan is an amazing actor and he'd make a great Simon. As Klaus on The Vampire Diaries he plays a moody thousand-year old vampire with a range of emotions - he'll have no problem portraying a responsible, broody (and with good reason) doctor. Plus his smile makes you melt, and he can play the badass really well, which is required of Simon at times.

Dakota Blue Richards || River Tam

I really want to call this casting decision inspired, but I won't. I just adore Dakota Blue Richards and I think she's got the perfect face to play River. She's got this ethereal, pixie-like look about her, and she just looks like her head is in the clouds. To play the unstable River, you need a specific type of actress, and beautiful waif-like Dakota is that.

Date: 2012-02-19 02:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] notoriousreign.livejournal.com
I'm okay with all of this. All of it. Awesome job! =D

Date: 2012-02-20 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittyc1978.livejournal.com
This is crazy talk. :p. but I agree the lack of Asian characters is weird, but maybe they all stayed on the earth that was? But they still would have been represented in the alliance...interesting.

Date: 2012-02-19 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] odette-river.livejournal.com
♥ Dakota.

Date: 2012-02-19 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eilowyn.livejournal.com
Y'know, the point of doing a recasting isn't to put your favorite actors and actresses in the roles; recasting is generally a tool to comment on the problematic race or sex issues of a work, bringing these issues up so that people are made aware of them and start talking about them.

Date: 2012-02-19 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eilowyn.livejournal.com
It's a world where the US has become meshed with China to form the Alliance, where people use Chinese idioms, and yet there are no Asians in the cast. Joss did a better job incorporating people of color in Firefly than he did on his previous shows, but the lack of Asians in an Asian-fusion culture is somewhat problematic.

Date: 2012-05-29 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sg-potatokat.livejournal.com
I don't wanna dredge up old fights or anything, i just feel the need to insert my 2 cents as a huge firefly fan who hears this argument made a lot more than she'd like. No offence intended. Just stating my view on the matter.

True, the culture of Firefly is a frankly pretty neat mix of American and Chinese culture, and the swearing fix i think we all get a kick out of. But that's not at all the point of Firefly or even close to what the story is at heart. At it's core, Firefly is simply a western...but in space. And as such, the characters in it are meant to feel like cowboys and outlaws and everything that lil boys used to pretend to be before they started being astronauts in their spare time instead.

In crowd scenes, especially crowds in bigger cities/planets, you always see a pretty heavy percentage of Asian people. I feel personally that it would throw off the distinct western feel if they tried to turn the main characters into Asian cowboys just to "deal with the issues" but that's really just me. Still, it bugs me when people get hung up on this.

Anyways, i've said my piece.

Date: 2012-02-19 10:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] weber_dubois22
While I agree, fandom recasting isn't always about making a statement about the problematic issues ignored (often on purpose) by the creators or producers of the show (via Raceboot or Chromatic Recasting). Dreamcasting/Recasting, is still very much a leisurely thing people to for fun.

Date: 2012-02-20 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anndee123.livejournal.com
The only one I can concur with is Emanuelle as Inara. I could easily see her sliding into the role as a recast and fit. I love Morena, who is absolutely stunning in real life, but could see other people in the role just as easily. The other roles, I feel, were PERFECTLY cast the first time around.

Date: 2012-02-20 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anndee123.livejournal.com
You're welcome. I assumed since you shared the post it was open for commenting.
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Date: 2012-02-24 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memorysdaughter.livejournal.com
On my first reading of this I felt bad because I have no idea who any of your alternate people are, apart from Danny Glover (of whom I only have a basic knowledge). I don't watch a lot of movies and I have very specific, very focused TV interests, so I don't feel too bad about that, as I'm naturally clueless. :)

I think one thing about "Firefly" that's different from a lot of shows is that the cast really became the characters for the audience. Because "Firefly" became such a rallying point, a cult classic, something that hopeful sci-fi/Whedon fans pinned their hopes to as it rose out of cancellation to become "Serenity," I think the majority of fans, myself included, cannot see any other actors/actresses portraying "our" characters.

I feel the same way about the rest of Whedon's shows as well, but, oddly enough, not about many other shows. For instance, while I feel that Summer Glau will always "be" River, I could see a wide variety of actresses playing Penny on "The Big Bang Theory" or Temperance Brennan on "Bones." Those things wouldn't bother me the way it would to see someone else play River, or Simon, or Mal.

I think it has a lot to do with the way Whedon writes, and the way Whedon crafts his characters and his back stories. You become emotionally invested with characters in Whedon shows, unlike in many other traditional serial dramas or comedies. I feel closer to the characters in "Firefly" than I do characters in any other show I've ever been a fan of - often closer than I feel about many people. I feel like I grew up with the "Buffy" characters, because I did, but I feel like "Firefly" often expresses so many things that I could never find the words to express myself. I am emotionally invested in "Firefly" moreso than I am any show that's on the air right now, and for me, those actors and actresses will always be those characters.

Date: 2012-02-24 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memorysdaughter.livejournal.com
You're right - it is fun to play around. Maybe if I ever get a spare minute, I'll see what I can come up with. I think I'd always stick with Summer, though. :)

Thanks for at least showing us some truly beautiful people.

Date: 2012-09-05 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severus-falter.livejournal.com
Dakota is definitely the best of this re-cast (not that the others are bad at all) - she would make an amazing River.
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