Last week, I hypothetically cast Earths in Space. That was fun, so today I’m hypothetically casting RIP.
In this series, Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.
So let’s start with Rip. He’s not physically imposing, but he also needs to sell being a competent (if not extraordinary) fighter. Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) would make a likeable reluctant hero. I can see him playing the straight guy to Serissa’s nuttiness.
Serissa is a lively dead woman who’s trying to be a better person, but she has no idea if her efforts will yield any rewards, and that’s slowly driving her bonkers. Alison Brie would be extraordinarily fun in the role. Between Community and Mad Men, we know she can play the silly and serious moments equally well.
Then there’s Rip’s old friend and romantic interest, Kalli. Kalli’s an energetic young teacher with a spiritual side, and she enjoys the thrills of ghost-fighting perhaps a bit too much. If Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) can pull off an American accent, she’d be great.
And we’ll finish up with the big bad, Zeno. Zeno is a ghost who died hundreds of years ago, and he’s stayed one step ahead of Hell ever since. However, since he didn’t go straight down there, he must have been a halfway decent person in life. In any case, he’s pretty horrible now. Obviously, we need Bryan Cranston. Did you see Breaking Bad?
Like last time, these are off the top of my head, and I might have different thoughts tomorrow.
For those of you who’ve read RIP, who would you cast?
And for those of you who haven’t, I’ll just direct you to this link.