young avengers: a fancast
liam aiken as nate richards/iron lad
annasophia robb as cassie lang/stature
crystal reed as kate bishop/hawk-eye
josh hutcherson as teddy altman/hulkling
freddie highmore as billy kaplan/wiccan
dayo okeniyi as eli bradley/patriot
thomas brodie sangster as thomas shepherd/speed
Let’s start with the easy picks. Crystal Reed already plays Kate, except she goes by the name of Allison Argent and is dating a teenage werewolf. Okay so it’s not the same character, but they are basically similar personality wise. Plus, she’s already handy with the bow and arrow. She’s just going to need to up the snark and we’ve got ourselves Kate. Josh Hutcherson doesn’t quite fall under the same category, but he does look like he’s all set to play this role anyway. If anything, I like to think he was born for it. They’re practically the same person (Teddy & Josh, I mean). Not to mention it gives him a gay character to play. I’m sure he’d love that.
Getting my Cassie and Nate was fairly easy. I needed someone vulnerable for Cassie, but not the “teary-eyed Quinn Fabray” kind (no disrespect because I love Quinn as a character for the most part), but someone who was innocent however strong willed. A real teenager. I had a bias because I love Anna, and she seems to be a favourite pick for Cassie amongst the fandom anyway. Liam Aiken as Nate wasn’t my idea at first, but someone had suggested it and I thought he would do the character well. Nate’s the reluctant leader/hero. Easy enough.
I had run through a list of african-american teen actors and there aren’t a lot, or at least, there aren’t a lot that could play a serious role. They were usually comedians, which Eli isn’t (at least, most of the time he isn’t). Dayo’s fairly new and he did little in the Hunger Games, but I do think he could do it.
And lastly, my favourite not-so-related-but-extremely-related siblings, Billy and Tommy. I made it a point early on to just make them brothers instead of twins like they really are, only because it’s so hard to find twins that can both act, and having one actor play two completely different roles with different dynamics without it looking awkward was out of the option. So I compromised by trying to find similar looking actors. Thomas Sangster’s done the bad boy sweetheart, and Freddie Highmore’s played the wide-eyed caring brotherly figure (and a gay character as well). It seemed like a good fit. They’re both British too, so extra points.
So yes, if they do get around to making a Young Avengers movie (pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease), I’d want these guys in it. I tried to cast relatively unknown actors (the only major player here is Josh) and it all seemed to click in the end (I want Crystal being the HBIC, Thomas being the lovable bad boy and Freddie and Josh to kiss, is that so bad?) It would certainly be a dynamic cast, a group strung together without even knowing one another (Josh seems to always get the short stick again, because he’s worked with both Anna and Dayo). Well, I tried.