Casting Call: The Count of Monte Cristo

Published April 5, 2013

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Screenwriter David S. Goyer is directing a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo with a “graphic novel” approach. It’s familiar territory for Goyer, who also wrote the screenplays for Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, the new Man of Steel Superman film, and the upcoming Da Vinci series, Da Vinci’s Demons.

Set in 19th century revolutionary France, Dumas’ beloved revenge story weaves in love, greed, internal moral struggle, and a little bit of dueling. The last major adaptation, a faithful film directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Jim Caviezel as the Count and Guy Pearce as his slippery friend Ferdinand, was well received. But that was in 2002 (or 1902, in Hollywood years).

For Goyer’s likely more brazenly violent, darker, and grittier take, the tale of the brooding and righteous Edmond Dantès needs a stellar new cast. Click through the slideshow who we think will look good fighting in Napoleonic-era threads.

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