Shane Black talks Doc Savage casting

"We need someone big"

Shane Black has been discussing his upcoming adaptation of Doc Savage, describing what we can expect from the character, and the challenges posed by the casting process.

"Obviously in the books there’s an element of ‘goody goody’ that we like," says Black. "But we needed something more, so we beefed up the sort of rationale behind what it would take to be a perfect person and to be trained as such from childhood and how that would scar someone."

As for who might play the title role, Black isn't certain, although he does have a checklist of physical attributes that any prospective star would have to measure up to…

"Here’s the problem," explains Black, "they kind of gotta be tall. He’s the perfect physical specimen and when people look at him, they’re overawed by the sort of symmetry and perfection that he exudes."

"I don’t know that you could use, like, James McAvoy as Doc Savage. You couldn’t do it. He’s a fine actor, but we need someone big. Back in the day Schwarzenegger was talked about to play Doc Savage. I don’t know who we’d get."

One to watch then, although if you fancy a flutter, Black seemed very amenable to the idea of Chris Hemsworth, reacting to the suggestion by replying: "that's not a bad idea… what's he doing?"

Who would you cast in the role? Tell us, below!


    • GarthMarenghi

      Sep 18th 2013, 15:20

      Armie Hammer?

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    • JoseyWales

      Sep 18th 2013, 17:49

      That could work if he bulked up a bit. I mean the guy's good looking and 6ft 5, I say he fits the brief.

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    • StevePotter

      Sep 18th 2013, 21:05

      Daniel Day-Lewis. (I jest! I jest! Mostly).

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    • jamesrocker

      Sep 18th 2013, 22:18

      The pictures look just like british actor David Frampton!!! It's uncanny!!!! He would smash the role for sure!!!!

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    • lamontcranston

      Sep 19th 2013, 11:57

      Doc has Renny and Long Tom in his team so he cant be overly tall 6' would be enough otherwise it gets crowded

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    • FBJBrown22

      Sep 20th 2013, 15:23

      Chris Evans! not the radio 2 DJ

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    • mabelenda

      Sep 25th 2013, 15:42

      I have a hot spot for Tom Welling, he´s very tall, talented & handsome to die for!!. It would be like a dream to see him in a bold role like this!

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