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STAR WARS CAST DRAFT (5/22/17) - RULES, SIGN-UP, AND DISCUSSION

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DRAFT STARTS MONDAY, MAY 22ND, 2017

SIGN-UPS CLOSE FRIDAY, MAY 19TH at 12:00 PM EST

 

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In interests of being able to answer questions quickly, this draft will be co-run by Ruby Doomsday and myself.

 

Standard draft rules apply regarding casting:

 

1. You're casting for a film circa 2017. 

2. All actors must be alive at the time of casting.

3. You cast actors at the age they are in 2017.

4. Once an actor is drafted, they cannot be re-drafted. 

DRAFT SPECIFIC RULES:  

 

1. You're casting these ten parts, plus a director: 
 

Luke Skywalker

Han Solo

Princess Leia Organa

Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi

C3P0

Darth Vader

The Emperor

Yoda

Lando

Tarkin

 

2. There will be two slots per day. Time will be between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM EST depending on participants.

 

3. On each day, every participant will cast two parts, except for the first day, when you'll also cast a director. Day one, and only day one, will look like this: 

 

Slot 1

-Part

 

Slot 2:

-Part

-Director

 

4. For C3PO, Darth Vader, The Emperor, and Yoda please specify how you plan to use the actor (voice only, mo-cap, CGI etc.)

 

5. A bonus round will occur at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 26th, or when everyone in the final timeslot has gone. For bonus round you will cast: 

 

1 composer

1 additional character from the original Star Wars trilogy (no EU). 

 

At some point before posting your final list, make sure to add a clip of your composer's work or something that informs why you picked them.

 

6. You go in your daily assigned time slot, or if everyone in the time slot immediately preceding you has gone. Make sure you double check before posting. 

 

7.  In the list thread, total word count must be kept between 250 and 300 words maximum, including summary, character descriptions, etc. All other information (press releases, casting announcements) are to go in the "Supplemental Features" thread. Feel free to get creative with images/Photoshops in the list thread, however. 

 
8. You must specify a CGI or puppet Yoda. You know the right answer here.
 
9. Brackets based on who had the best draft will begin on Monday, May 29th. 
 
10. USE THE FORCE AND HAVE FUN!

 

(rules for day one and the bonus round will be re-posted in each of those individual threads)


Edited by Boone Daniels - 5/19/17 at 12:29pm
post #2 of 573

Let's blow this thing and go home!

post #3 of 573
It'll be just like Begger's Canyon back home!
post #4 of 573

Now to figure out who truly is the scruffiest Nerf Herder alive....

post #5 of 573

This oil bath is going to feel so good.

post #6 of 573
No time to discuss this in a committee!

In.
post #7 of 573

I felt a great disturbance in the Force...as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror...

post #8 of 573

Red Ten standing by.

post #9 of 573

I'm in like Qui-Gon Jinn!  

post #10 of 573
Yes, in!

I care!
post #11 of 573

Started coming up with my list, and man, is it reinforcing what a ridiculous work of alchemy that OT cast was. Getting that bunch of actors in those roles was like landing a plane (or, I suppose, a starship) on the head of a pin. Other recasts you could come up with a pretty broadstrokes facsimile, but this one feels like it's going to really reward risk-takers.

post #12 of 573

In, of course.

post #13 of 573
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Originally Posted by Dent6084 View Post
 

Started coming up with my list, and man, is it reinforcing what a ridiculous work of alchemy that OT cast was. Getting that bunch of actors in those roles was like landing a plane (or, I suppose, a starship) on the head of a pin. Other recasts you could come up with a pretty broadstrokes facsimile, but this one feels like it's going to really reward risk-takers.

 

I personally am using the Cutthroat Kitchen test: 

 

1. Does it look great (aesthetics)?

2. Does it taste great (when I look at a cast, can I picture the movie in my head)?

3. Does it remind me of Star Wars? 

 

That last one is where there's a lot of flexibility for me; Star Wars - particularly the original trilogy - has so many different influences and inspirations, that you can pull out one or another, choosing to emphasize a particular angle or feeling. 

 

Things I'm curious about with this draft:

 

1. Whether casts treat the recast as a reboot/remake (i.e., Star Wars already exists) or an AU where Star Wars is never made in 1977.

 

2. Whether any of Lucas's ideas for the trilogy that didn't quite make it in, but whose descendants/DNA can be found in Star Wars anyway, are emphasized more.

 

Should be a great time.

post #14 of 573

Very much in.

post #15 of 573

I've got my Vader and my Solo.  Everything else is still in flux.

post #16 of 573
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

I've got my Vader and my Solo.  Everything else is still in flux.

 

I have a Kenobi, a director, and a concept. Nothing else. 

post #17 of 573

Got a few ideas, but haven't decided what direction to take yet. Not surprised that Luke and Yoda are turning out to be particularly difficult ones to cast.

post #18 of 573

I can type this shit, but I can't make it! I'm in.

 

Can we cast in any era on this one?

post #19 of 573

Yeah, what time frame are we talking?

post #20 of 573
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Originally Posted by HunterTarantino View Post
 

I can type this shit, but I can't make it! I'm in.

 

Can we cast in any era on this one?

 

Standard draft rules. Present day w/living actors. 

 

Again, though, you've got a lot of flexibility. Part of the challenge is to combine creativity with something that feels like, or evokes, Star Wars. 

 

Having a much harder time with this than I thought. I basically wrote three pages of backstory to set up my cast; now I need to figure out how to translate that to a cast. 


Edited by Boone Daniels - 5/16/17 at 6:20am
post #21 of 573

I am making something profoundly niche and I care not.

post #22 of 573
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Originally Posted by RubyDoomsday View Post
 

I am making something profoundly niche and I care not.

 

I'll drink to this. I'm going in a completely insane direction on this one. After four (mostly) straightforward casting drafts, I'm hoping to elicit some big WTF reactions with mine.

post #23 of 573
Thread Starter 

I'm going to close sign-ups on:

 

Friday, May 19th, at 12:00 P.M. EST. 

 

Get in while you still can! 

post #24 of 573

Sorry about your picks, but as we say on Earth, c'est la vie.

 

I'm in.

post #25 of 573

I'm in.

post #26 of 573
Thread Starter 

Remember - slgn-up closes at noon today! 

 

We currently have 15 participants. One more would make brackets so much easier...

post #27 of 573

Molti is doing a Star Wars draft?

 

This will be good...

post #28 of 573
Have you got 16 and is it too late for me to join?
post #29 of 573
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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post

Have you got 16 and is it too late for me to join?

 

No, we do not! And no, it is not! 

 

With that, I am going to close the draft to participants, unless someone drops out between now and then, or does not participate on the first day. 

 

We will post draft orders tomorrow. 

post #30 of 573
Great. Looking forward to it.

One clarification because I am dumb. We draft living actors at the age they are now, right? Not "x" who is 80 but at 20 would have made a great Luke?
post #31 of 573
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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post

Great. Looking forward to it.

One clarification because I am dumb. We draft living actors at the age they are now, right? Not "x" who is 80 but at 20 would have made a great Luke?

 

Yeah, it's a modern casting, so you cast actors at the age they are now. 

post #32 of 573
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Just bumping this to keep it at the top of the subforum. 

 

Does anyone know if Elvis is still with us? It seemed like he was either leaving or on suspension.

 

Elvis, if you're reading this, I know we've butted heads but I'd love to have you participate. 

post #33 of 573
He sure made it sound like he was done. The person responsible can have that effect.
post #34 of 573
Thread Starter 

I'll send him a PM, just to be sure. 

post #35 of 573
Thread Starter 

Draft slots are up! I tried to be as fair as possible, and we had enough participants that almost everyone gets the chance to do that double round slot. And I left Elvis in hopes that he'll join us. 

 

We're going half-hours, so make sure to check your time! 

 

 

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post #36 of 573

What time zone are the draft times?

post #37 of 573
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Originally Posted by Dent6084 View Post
 

What time zone are the draft times?

 

EST. 

 

Thanks for catching this. 

post #38 of 573

 

Almost there...

post #39 of 573

I considered doing some different things.  One was a "switched at birth" premise, owing to the fact that there are so many more compelling actresses than actors in the 18-25 range.  Another was a version from a particular director with a very non-Star Wars style.  But that just felt too gimmicky. I'll probably just go pretty traditional, like usual.  

 

Luke is almost harder to cast than Han, I think.  But speaking of Han, I have a guy who I think could really nail the part, but given his persona, and frankly how many performances he's sort of mailed in, I'm worried it'll fall flat.  I also have a couple different actors in mind for Obi Wan that might take some slight imagination to work.  Anyway, should be pretty fun.

post #40 of 573
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I still have no idea about Luke, for the same reasons you mentioned - lots of great potential Leias in that age bracket. Very few Lukes, which has me rethinking the backstory slightly. I'm finding that the ages are more of a challenge than I thought, particularly when casting Leia and Han. But I finally came up with a Leia I really like. I think my first day is set, although I had that last, pre-draft moment of "oh shit, what if I do this and rethink my cast." 

 

But I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with. 

post #41 of 573
Following. I'm no good at this sort of thing but will watch with great interest.
post #42 of 573

Luke is the hardest role for me to cast.  Struggling to find the right actor.

post #43 of 573
Thread Starter 

I came up with a great one on the way to work, but I'm not 100 percent sure about it, and there are other performers I want more. 

post #44 of 573

What's the word on Fat Elvis?

post #45 of 573
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

What's the word on Fat Elvis?

 

Sent him a message here and on FB. Wasn't able to get confirmation from Johnny as to whether he was actually suspended. We'll give him to the end of today. 

post #46 of 573

Good call on Chris Hemsworth as Han Solo.  I considered him but didn't want to receive a beat-down for casting him YET AGAIN in one of these drafts.

post #47 of 573

And there goes my Vader already. Hemsworth has the charm for Han, but he's a little bit too pretty boy-ish for me.

post #48 of 573
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

Good call on Chris Hemsworth as Han Solo.  I considered him but didn't want to receive a beat-down for casting him YET AGAIN in one of these drafts.

 

There's an actor in mind I had for the Emperor who I avoided just because of that YET AGAIN. 

post #49 of 573
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

Good call on Chris Hemsworth as Han Solo.  I considered him but didn't want to receive a beat-down for casting him YET AGAIN in one of these drafts.


First person I thought of for the draft in any role. His Han would be a little more comedic, I think, but he's got the personality and charisma for it, and I think he'd fit very well with my director (who I will be VERY ANGRY if that person gets taken).

 

Weaving's a straight-down-the-center hit for Vader, and Brown is inspired.

post #50 of 573
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Originally Posted by axelbratoski View Post
 

And there goes my Vader already. 

 

Weaving or Brown?  Or Hemsworth?

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