[YUPA] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 55-75] Patient and mature, Lord Yupa acts as a mentor to the protagonist. He provides a voice of reason, but remains a strong physical presence, playing the role of an explorer and former warrior. Average height (5’8″ to 6’1″). Any ethnicity.
Selection: George Clooney (Ocean’s Eleven, Up in the Air)
I admit, the litany of older actors who have played the role of wise man ran through my mind—Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, and even Patrick Stewart, who voiced this very role in Disney’s release of the film. However, I like the idea of Clooney being an unexpected selection. He would bring physicality to the role (I also considered Harrison Ford) and both his voice and eyes convey understanding and gentleness that I think could work real well in the important role of mentor (think of his role in Gravity), and even father figure to Nausicaa. Plus, we need a big star to bank this movie upon.