We're changing things up a bit with this week's Ultimate Movie Cast. We won't be visiting each casting choice individually, but as an overall.
So, with Persona 3; the cast list has to be huge as in the "main characters" list alone there's about 14. This is not including all of the friends (Social Links) you meet along the way. Also, if they ever did choose to make a movie on Persona 3 or any Persona for that matter, the movies would either have to be 8+ hours long or with severe cuts in the storyline. In any case, here's our attempt at casting it.
So we'll start off with the with the 9 "mains". As you can see, the cast ranges from teens to mid twenties and before you cast the banhammer in my direction, you must understand that this is a common trend in film. If you can believe it or not, when Rachel McAdams played high school heartbreaker Regina George in Mean Girls, she was already 26 years old. Her character was at best 17 years old. So with that in mind actors like Hayden Panettiere and Drake Bell could convincingly play Yukari and Junpei. However, there are a few actors needed to play the smaller and younger characters like Fuuka and Ken who would be played by Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield (Hugo).
For the baddies, we have Hugh Dancy as Takaya Sakaki, Keiran Culkin as Jin Shirato and Isabelle Fuhrman as Chidori Yoshino. It's not said in the game how old these characters actually are, but with how old Takaya looks, it's safer to assume I could go with a much older actor. In a perfect world, this role would played by Gary Oldman, however, that would definitely be pushing it in this case. Isabelle Fuhrman I was introduced to in Hunger Games. She plays Clove and I was very impressed with her performance though it was short. Kieran Culkin is one of my personal favorite actors and for him to play Jin would just be perfection.
You'll notice, there is infact another Culkin featured in this list and that would be Rory Culkin, better known for his amazing performance in Signs. He's gotten much older now and has a developed a darker look that would match Shinjiro (Shinji). As for Mitsuru and Akihiko, I've chosen Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Liam Hemsworth. These two are the "older" students and so both actors would match.
Now for the two lead characters, Protagonist and Aegis. For Protagonist, I had to find someone who was younger but appeared older/wiser. Logan Lerman speaks to me in that way. His resume includes 3:10 to Yuma as well as the highly anticipated Perks of Being a Wallflower. As for Aegis, she would have to be played by someone whose features are a bit other worldly as Aegis is in fact a robot and was created by man. ClÃ©mence PoÃ©sy has that sort of beauty about her, and in my opinion would make an exceptional Aegis.
The pictures of the actors next to their characters is below. For all of the other cast lists, you can click here.
(Protagonist: Logan Lerman, Yukari: Hayden Panettiere, Junpei: Drake Bell, Mitsuru: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Akihiko: Liam Hemsworth, Fuuka: Chloe Moretz, Aegis: ClÃ©mence PoÃ©sy, Ken: Asa Butterfield, Shinjiro: Rory Culkin, Takaya: Hugh Dancy, Jin: Keiran Culkin, Chidori: Isabelle Fuhrman)