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Casting Call: Six Billion Dollar Man

Mark Wahlberg has already signed on for the lead role of Steve Austin, and we don’t disapprove. Wahlberg—pictured here from our February 1992 issue—is already a man with bionic stature, hardly in need of any synthetic replacements. He’ll do well as the victim of an experimental space mission turned super-human secret agent, don’t you agree?


InGood Kill, Zoë Kravitz plays a talented drone pilot whose empathy often interferes with the obedience required for the military. She's sexy, and submissive until she knows better—the perfect qualities for Peggy Callahan, Goldman's assistant. 





Sam Elliott has made a name for himself as the modern day symbol of the old West—from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to the The Big Lebowski, Elliott forged out an iconic career without ever taking off his cowboy hat. We'd like to see him take on the role of Dr. Rudy Wells, the lead engineer involved in implanting Austin's bionic hardware. With his wild mane and crazed stare, his aesthetic suits a mad scientist just as much as it does the Wild West. 



With his piercing blue eyes, deep drawl, and silvery beard, Donald Sutherland radiates authority and intelligence. We nominate him for the role of Oscar Goldman, the director of the Office of Special Operations and Austin's immediate supervisor. He's powerful and influential, but there's something sinister underneath.


Jaime Sommers is a professional tennis player who endures bionic surgery after she is injured in a parachuting accident. She's the perfect companion for Austin, but her body isn't built for superhuman programming, and their incompatibility eventually proves tragic. With an impressive repertoire of science fiction films, Kristanna Loken knows how to play a good robot, but she's got the soft stare of one whose humanity inevitably triumphs. 



These days, any film Oscar Isaac touches turns to gold. We nominate him for the role of a political prisoner who's used as a pawn in one of Austin's spy operations. With those daring brown eyes, Isaac can be confusing yet convincing—a combination that lends itself well to a sticky political situation.