by Paul Shirey | ScreenRant | May 28, 2022
Note from Gingersnap: Damian certainly is in a league of extraordinary gentlemen, but this fan casting was too good not to share.
A new movie adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is on the way from 20th Century Studios, so the question of who should be cast as The League characters themselves is now up for debate. Created by writer Alan Moore and drawn by artist Kevin O’Neill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic-book series that gathers various characters from classic literature and puts them together in one shared universe during the late 19th century, where they form a team to thwart the forces of evil. The comic exists in a series of mini-series volumes that have been released sporadically since 1999, forming an overarching story with the various key players, while working in new ones with each new volume.
It’s been announced that a new adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is in the works at 20th Century Studios (under Disney), this time from writer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, A Cure For Wellness, The Lone Ranger). No further details are known about the creative team that will bring the new adaptation to life, but one aspect that will make or break it will be the actors who portray the key characters from the series. While The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics have featured a large number of rotating characters throughout the different volumes, there are seven main principal figures in the first volume.
With a new adaptation of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on the way, these actors could potentially play the key roles.
Hawley Griffin/Invisible Man – Damian Lewis
The star of a string of award-winning TV and film projects, such as Band of Brothers, Homeland, and Billions, Damian Lewis has the perfect devilish charm to portray the brilliant, conflicted, and doomed character of Hawley Griffin, based on the character from H. G. Wells’ 1897 novel “The Invisible Man”. Griffin is described as a “psychopathic murderer, rapist, and traitor to mankind” who is eventually drafted into The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for his unique abilities, but they soon find that he’s far more than they bargained for. This type of diabolical role would fit Lewis’ acting style perfectly, as he has shown an immense capability to play both sides, particularly for his Emmy-winning turn in Homeland.
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