The Wicked + The Divine

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood movies based on comics and other media. This isn’t about the movies that are being made; this is about the movies that should be made, and who we think should star in them.

The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson, has been one of the most popular non-superhero comics of the past three years. As such, it seems inevitable that it will arrive on big or small screens sooner or later. In fact, it was optioned for TV in 2015, but so far nothing has come of that.

The comic follows Laura, a young woman from London who becomes entangled with a pantheon of 12 gods from various cultures who’ve been incarnated as British millennials. In the world of the book, this phenomenon happens every 90 years, with the gods living in human form for only two years before dying. The pantheon is watched over by an ancient goddess named Ananke, who may not turn out to be entirely honest about how the whole thing works.

I think The Wicked + The Divine could easily be a prestige TV show or a trilogy of movies, so this is a cast that could go either way. In 2017 the once-stark line between TV and movie stars isn’t what it once was anyway.

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