Welcome to another Ultimate Movie Cast List with me, Lauren. Last week Adam got to play around with Resident Evil, so this week I'm super excited to be doing a cast list for one of my favorite games of all time, Final Fantasy VIII.
Although this game was one of my favorites to play, casting it was a pain in the you know where since literally every actor had to be up to snuff and unfortunately there are just no perfect casting choices out there.
So to the best of my ability, here's the Ultimate Final Fantasy VIII Movie Cast List. Hope you like it!
Squall Leonhart "“ Ian Somerholder
Squall, being the main lead, was a real pain to cast. The actor not only has to stand as a leader, but as a loner as well. Squall is a very talented fighter with a real nasty tongue sometimes. For reference refer to the scene with him and Quistis the night of the Balamb Ball in the Training Area. I cast Ian Somerholder simply because I know he could handle the role and look the part. He currently plays Damon Salvatore in "The Vampire Diaries".
Rinoa Heartilly "“ Camilla Belle
I had seen once before, a picture with Rinoa and Camilla Belle with their faces meshed together and it's astounding how much they look alike. Camilla would have to be the strong but sweet female lead, which I think she could easily manage. She's known for her performances as Evolet in "10,000 BC".
Quistis Trepe "“ Kristen Bell
I know people wondered why I didn't cast Kristen as Lucy in my Assassin's Creed cast list and the only reasons I could give are because 1, it would've been far too easy, and 2, I hadn't really seen her act in anything else. Since then, I have seen her in a few things including a made for TV film called "Grace's Choice" which I highly suggest. I saw that she's got a lot of stage presence and could definitely handle a role like Quistis who is one of my favorite characters in the entire game.
Selphie Tilmitt "“ Analeigh Tipton
"America's Next Top Model" involvement aside, Analeigh Tipton is slowly starting to break into the acting scene nabbing roles in "The Green Hornet", "Crazy Stupid Love", and "Damsels in Distress". She has a very young look without actually being too young which is very important to make a convincing Selphie. If you have yet to watch any of her films, I highly suggest "Crazy Stupid Love".
Zell Dincht "“ Shia LaBeouf
Zell was a very hard character to cast as I really don't know any actors who could be convincing enough. The only actor I thought could remotely portray Zell was Shia LaBeouf based on his past performances in the show "Even Stevens" and his recent behavior in his personal life where he tried to challenge Tom Hardy. I know that's not necessarily a good reason, but I wouldn't mind seeing him being brought down a peg by being called "Chicken Wuss" constantly.
Irvine Kinneas "“ Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth is picking up a lot of starring roles lately including the Huntsman in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and Thor in nearly every film that includes Thor. He's definitely come a long way from playing George Kirk in "Star Trek" where his performance lasted only about 5 minutes. As for him as Irvine, he both looks the part and could definitely act it.
Seifer Almasy - Ryan Gosling
I realize I've cast Ryan Gosling in things before, but that's only because I want him to be in everything ever and Final Fantasy VIII is no different. Him as Seifer would be absolutely perfect and I can't think of anyone else who would do Seifer as much justice.
Laguna Loire "“ Johnny Depp
If Johnny Depp was about 20 years younger, he'd be a perfect Squall so in lieu of that, I thought he'd make a fantastic Laguna. We'll let you guys play the game to figure out why this should be the case. Anyways, Laguna, though he is a very strong warrior, has a bit of a soft side which provides a ton of quality entertainment for us playing the game. Johnny Depp has a gift for comedic timing and I feel like Laguna would be a good role for him to play.
Edea Kramer "“ Rose Byrne
Edea is another really strong female lead who acts as the game's main antagonist through the entire first half or so. There are plenty of actresses who could look the part, Rooney Mara came to mind, but acting it is quite another story. Rose Byrne who just recently was in both "Bridesmaids" and "X-Men First Class" has great potential and I feel like she could easily fill Edea's shoes.
Kiros Seagill "“ Shakiem Evans
If Larry B. Scott hadn't aged like 20 years, I think he'd be perfect as Kiros. (Don't know who he is? Watch "Revenge of the Nerds".) So because of this, I chose Shakiem Evans to play Kiros. For whatever reason I always felt like Kiros should be played by a dancer of sorts and in the film "Center Stage" Shakiem played Erik. Though I know dancers aren't necessarily made for film acting, he actually did a really great job playing Erik and I feel like he'd be able to do it again as Kiros.
Ward Zabac "“ Dolph Lundgren
I couldn't seem to shake Dolph from my mind when trying to cast Ward. He is of course convincing in size and appearance. Acting might need a bit more care but I feel like Dolph would make a good Ward in any case.
Incase you missed any of our previous cast lists, you can check them out here.