Kurtis Weibe’s Rat Queens celebrated success by winning an Eisner Award in 2014. In June of 2014, it was announced that the Image Comics title had been picked up by Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal magazine to be made into a television show. Martin Baynton and Adam Fratto from Pukeko will be the executive producers while David Boxenbaum and Rob Prior from Heavy Metal will be the co-executive producers. While it may seem pointless to create a movie after this has already been optioned for television, it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. We have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as both an animated series and movies. There’s an animated and live action series focused on S.H.I.E.L.D. and their characters pop up in many of the Marvel movies. Why should Rat Queens be left out when it comes to the big screen just because they have their own television show in the works?
Hannah – Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly has had an impressive acting career for a 44 year old, with 43 acting credits to her name. She landed her first role in 1982. Since then she’s played many high profile roles like Maddy Bowen in Blood Diamond, along with roles in independent films like Marion in Requiem for a Dream. Her range makes her suitable to play an elvish sorceress to lead a group of mercenaries.
Violet – Felicia Day
Felicia Day, now 35, has been acting since 2000. She’s starred in popular tv shows like Supernatural and Eureka. She even created and stars in the web show The Guild, where she plays a girl obsessed with online gaming. Her character’s avatar in the MMORPG (Massively Multiplay Online Role Playing Game) she spends her time playing is a priest named Codex. While Violet is a Dwarf who has abandoned her family traditions and not a priest, Day could pull off this character. As an avid gamer herself, this is a role she would most likely agree to without much coaxing.
Dee – Taylor Hawthorne
Taylor Hawthorne is a USC School of Dramatic Arts with a solid genre pedigree. The school has produced such noted actors as Levar Burton (Star Trek) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s J. August Richards. Even without a long list of mainstream acting credits to her name, she would be a great asset to the cast.
Betty – Mika Boorem
Mika Boorem has accomplished a lot in her professional career. The 27 year old is a writer, producer, and director. As a trained gymnast and a black belt in tai kwan do she has the ability to take on the life of a mercenary. The high energy she exhibits in previous roles like Susie Miller in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Penny Chadwick in Blue Crush makes her a prime candidate to play a halfling that could survive on candy and psychedelic mushrooms.
Lady Bernadette – Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is no stranger to independent or comic based films. Those of us in the comic world know her as Pepper Potts, the lady that’s always at Tony Starks side. Pepper Potts isn’t her only role of note. Her acting ability is undeniable as the daughter of Tony Award winner Blythe Danner. Paltrow’s career has led her to portray characters from the classics such as Great Expectations’ Estella to Rosemary in the romantic comedy Shallow Hal. Playing a shop owner that fills her time by conspiring against the Rat Queens and other mercenary groups.
The girls that belong to Rat Queens seem like an unlikely group of companions. They still work together to get things done, even if it doesn’t always go according to plan. This group of actresses may seem like an unlikely group as well, but their combined talent would make this a must see movie for everyone.