After winning the Oscar for Best Picture, Parasite is now in talks to have its own spin-off HBO series. Here are the actors we want to see in it.
A month after its glorious win in the 92nd Academy Awards, Parasite made its mark in the modern filmmaking landscape. From its local reception on tourism to its subsequent analyses, it is overwhelming on how much impact this South Korean film underdog had.
But in terms of expanding its narrative, there has been ongoing speculation over its HBO spinoff series. The latest of which is Mark Ruffalo possibly playing Song Kang-ho’s character Kim Ki-taek. Thus, it will be exciting to gamble on which A-list talent will join the series. Here are some top ten picks that Bong Joon-ho can consider.
Roman Griffin Davis
Playing the titular Jojo of last year’s anti-war satire Jojo Rabbit, Roman Griffin Davis delivered an endearing performance as his innocent Jojo Betzler goes through a transformative experience of his views on Jews being changed. And having the movie almost fully centered on him made the entire story poignant and endearing till its engaging ending.
If the spinoff series will directly use the characters of the film, Davis must play the HBO counterpart of Park Da-song (who is nearly the opposite of Jojo Betzler). But the vibe of Da-song feeling trapped from his family’s self-precociousness could work for young Roman.
Though she laid low as the voice for Lois Griffin Family Guy, Alex Borstein rose to prominence with an Emmy Award-winning performance as Midge’s manager Susie Myerson on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. So, it is about time that she needs another award-winning turn. And given that Parasite is already a black comedy, it is fitting material for Borstein.
For that, she fits on the role of longtime housekeeper Moon-gwang, who had her share of secrets and malice. Witnessing Lois had extreme ranges of humor and folly, Borstein could make for her role or other characters in the upstairs/downstairs universe.
Speaking of premium television, Tony Hale is having the time of his life after the tremendous run of Veep. After that, he got into great projects like Toy Story 4, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, Harley Quinn and the upcoming season for The Twilight Zone. Seeing this trajectory, Hale seems open for against-type projects.
So, he could return to HBO for Parasite. And seeing his resemblance to the character and his unpredictable range, Hale could play Geun-sae, Moon-gwang’s husband who is burdened with loan shark debts and is disheartened with her death. It is very plausible to imagine Hale as him.
Thomasin McKenzie is one of the most prominent young stars that gets more notice. From her dramatic turn in Leave No Trace and her raw power in Jojo Rabbit, she is worth watching out. This year alone had her slated for the Netflix drama mystery Lost Girls and the Edgar Wright horror flick Last Night in Soho.
Seeing her range, she could possibly star in another comedy-drama with a subversive message, either as a new character or as Da-hye, the naïve Park family daughter. She is charming and eloquent that she could deliver a good performance, despite the latter’s aloofness.
Rachel McAdams had been making rounds lately for awards contenders and positively received projects like Spotlight and Disobedience. Though, she had her share of comedic projects like her latest Game Night, where, in a classic scene, she delivered this zinger, “Oh no, he died…”
Seeing this, it seems McAdams is perfect for the role of Choi Yeon-gyo, the cautious yet charming matriarch of the Park family. Indeed, the character of Choi Yeon-gyo propelled actress Cho Yeo-jeong to awards attention. So, it could do the same for McAdams.
Back to HBO homegrown talent, Justin Theroux gave a compelling performance as Kevin Garvey in The Leftovers, solidifying his leading man range. He expanded it with his role as the shady Dr. James Mantleray in Netflix miniseries Maniac.
Thus, he could deliver the rich man shtick if he is offered the coveted role of Mr. Park Dong-ik for the American pseudo-remake series. Mr. Park is a charming and humble figure with an alarming perspective of the people below the 1%. It will be great to see that complex character delivered by him and have him possibly contend against Mark Ruffalo.
Margaret Qualley achieved breakout status in 2019 with her prominent roles in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Fosse/Verdon and HBO’s own Native Son. Seeing from her range, she could lend performances for finicky characters with layers under them or sympathetic ones with complex dilemmas affecting her.
For that, Qualley can easily qualify for Park So-dam’s beloved character Kim Ki-jung aka Jessica, who is able to tame the playful Da-song and manipulate the feeble Yeon-gyo. Qualley also had that girl-next-door appeal that made So-dam a standout. Well, Pussycat has to nail the Jessica jingle first and chilling with a cigarette.
When it comes to playing mother figures, whether they may be positively nurturing or negatively torturing, Patricia Arquette is one of the reliable actresses to call on. Lately, she gave heavy dramatic turns in Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora and Hulu’s The Act. And yet, she appeared in the subpar Netflix comedy Otherhood.
Therefore, she could work well for the story’s seamless transition from comedy to drama, if she is given the role of the Kim family matriarch, Park Chung-sook. Arquette can lend effortless compassion and strong-willed determination, once she assumed the role as Park family’s housekeeper.
Australian actor George MacKay was last seen in 1917 as Lance Corporal Schofield, an indomitable service officer who had to deliver a message to stop a British Army attack during World War I. His willpower to send the message adds to the already compelling single-take experience. This proves MacKay’s ability to carry a film’s narrative.
But the reason he is on this list is for his performance in the family comedy-drama Captain Fantastic last 2016. Along with the young cast, he delivered well as the eldest Bodevan. Here’s to hoping that he could play the American version of Kim Ki-woo.
It still remains speculation, and not an official statement, whether Mark Ruffalo will play Song Kang-ho’s character of Kim Ki-taek. For that, the role could go to any great actor. Thus, it could be between Ruffalo and Steve Carell.
Carell already demonstrated his ability to committed comedic parts and heavy dramatic roles. Among these are his collaborations with executive producer Adam McKay for the two Anchorman movies, The Big Short and Vice, which gave a lot of wiggle room for Carell to go all in. Added to that is that Carell is able to lend everyman and fatherly roles, like in Last Flag Flying and Beautiful Boy. So, Ki-taek could be tailor-made for him.
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