Casting Nausicaa

Role: Kushana

[KUSHANA] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 28-34 ] Betrayed by family and with a fiery devotion to the men she leads, Kushana is a vocal and physical leader through and through. Her men respect her entirely as Kushana is both fearless in presentation and able to overcome the loss of three limbs—the accident which caused this motivates her to destroy the creatures which Nausicaa protects. Acts as a foil to the protagonist, but goes through a growth arc of her own. Physical role. Average to tall height (5’5″ to 6’1″). Athletic build. Any ethnicity.

Selection: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys)

Perhaps the most complex character in the film, Emilia Clarke will be able to use her experience playing the multi-faceted Daenerys to reflect different aspects of Kushana’s personality, and to help her along a growth arc. Kushana appears ruthless in some junctures, but has a heart devoted to her men; she is also a skilled general and leader. Sounds quite like Daeny to me! The role is physical, which Clarke can do well, and will also require her to act on green screen and to inhabit a character with prosthetics for several limbs. Khaleesi is up to the challenge.

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2 thoughts on “Casting Nausicaa

  1. I think your choices for Jihl and Yupa are spot on, although there is a bit of me wanting Patrick Stewart to play the role he voiced. Your choice for Asbel is intriguing to me, I haven’t seen Detective Pikachu yet, but I did see Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom and I think your choice would work well acting wise, and it would also bring some ethnic variety to the main cast. Unfortunately I can’t say much about the female choices as no alternatives come to mind and I haven’t seen anything they have been in so I don’t know how well they would do.

  2. Thanks for the kind words! And YES, Patrick Stewart! That choice was definitely chipping away at me—he definitely defined that role so well!

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