Wednesday, April 30, 2014
2014 Martian Manhunter Movie Fan Casting: Clea DuVall as Cay'an
I've been terrible about starting and mostly stopping this fan-casting series for a Martian Manhunter movie, in part because I often linked the posts to numerous other similar entries across my family of blogs. Since I'll undoubtedly go deeper here than anywhere else, I might as well do more Sleuth from Outer Space specific entries, right?
I was introduced to Clea DuVall through The Faculty, taking note of her due to her striking bone structure and her sharing a name with Dr. Strange's #1 fwb/apprentice. I continued to follow DuVall through her interesting film choices But I'm a Cheerleader, Ghosts of Mars, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, The Laramie Project and Identity, plus the totally boring HBO series Carnivàle. She had a unique screen presence, and I enjoyed her work, but she seemed to slip out of my view around 2003 or so. I was surprised to find her in a relatively minor role for Argo, and I understand that she more recently turned up on a season of American Horror Story.
I liked DuVall's ability to transform from her more common tomboy look to that of an uptight diplomat, and think she might be similarly chameleonic moving from Sara Moore to Cay'an. DuVall often plays meek and introspective, but I think she could use an opportunity to at least nibble on some scenery. Despite Cay'an's barely there outfit in the comics, I never saw the sex appeal of the vengeful last surviving female of Mars (Model Year 2007) so much as her hardness. She seemed chiseled from limestone and possessed of a singular disregard for life while laser-focused on her byzantine agenda. With more appropriate attire and some time in the make-up chair, I think it would be great to see DuVall really dig into a villainous role such as this.