Casting Nausicaa

Role: Asbel

[ASBEL] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 17-22 to LOOK 18] Brave and youthful, Asbel reflects integrity and strength. He is a good counterpart to Nausicaa, willing to take a strong stand and fight back, even violently, in the face of injustice. As a refugee and prisoner, the actor playing Asbel must convey a determination against extreme odds. Must be able to have strong chemistry with actress playing Nausicaa, though friendship and partnership is regarded over romance. Physical role. Medium height (5’8″ to 6’1″). Slim or athletic build. Any ethnicity.

Selection: Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pokemon Detective Pikachu)

Justice Smith has already experienced major roles in tentpole pictures and even anime / game adaptations—in Jurassic Park and Detective Pikachu, he demonstrated an ability to play along well in a flow of events out of his control, and a willingness in character to acts as second fiddle to bigger actors and computer generated ones. Both characteristics are important in this film as Asbel is secondary to Nausicaa, while dealing with his own pains involving the loss of his city and injuries to his family.

 

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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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