Armageddon: The Musical

by vanya86 | created - 01 Jul 2012 | updated - 01 Jul 2012 | Public

My proposed cast for a film version of Robert Rankin's 1988 comedic science fiction novel.

The post apocalyptic world of 2050 is controlled by the big three religions/ TV stations, Buddhism, Jesuits and Scientology. Rex Mundi begins work as religious affairs correspondent for Buddhavision and must fight to survive his first assignment; investigating the Devianti, a cannibal cult. But Rex's adventures as well as the rest of the events on Earth are being being manipulated, filmed and broadcast on the planet Phnaargos as a popular reality TV series. Since the Nuclear Holocaust Event of 1999 ratings have dropped dramatically. In an attempt to save the flagging series Phnaarg producers travel back in time to rewrite history by contacting the man responsible for all the evils of the 20th century; Elvis Presley. Meanwhile others prepare to send the Earthers out with a bang while they institute the Armageddon scenario....

1. Timo Vuorensola

Director | Iron Sky

Timo Vuorensola was born on November 29, 1979. He is a director and actor, known for Iron Sky (2012), Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005) and Jeremiah Harm.

Director Iron Sky showed definite talent and the ability to handle the scale of the film while working with a tight budget. It also demonstrated a subversive sense of humour which would work perfectly with Rankin's text.

2. Ben Barnes

Actor | The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

British actor Benjamin Thomas Barnes was born in London, England, to Patricia (Becker), a relationship therapist, and Thomas Barnes, a professor of psychiatry. He has a brother, Jack. His mother is from South Africa while his father is English.

Barnes studied at Homefield Preparatory and King's ...

as Rex Mundi The hero of the book as well as one of the most popular characters on the Earthers. An Everyman caught up in events beyond his control. Rex is described as being 'a dead ringer for a young Harrison Ford' so I needed a young actor with the classic leading man quality which I feel that Barnes provides.

3. Jensen Ackles

Actor | Supernatural

Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, ...

as Elvis Presley The king of rock 'n' roll who gets caught up in a time travel plot as he's shows his future and the future of the world. I tried to avoid big names but still wanted someone popular with the sci-fi/ fantasy crowd. I feel that Ackles has the charm and charisma to pull off the role of Elvis

4. Christopher Eccleston

Actor | Doctor Who

Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991). However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993) that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the ...

as Dalai Dan The 153rd reincarnation of the Lama and the sinister head of Buddhavision. Eccleston is a truly great actor who I feel can demonstrate the perfect blend of showmanship and menace to bring this character to life.

5. James Corden

Actor | Into the Woods

Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior ...

as Barry the Time Sprout (voice) The hight of Phnaarg horticultural technology the Time Sprout is the the means by which time travel is possible. However the sprout quickly develops a personality and rebels against his masters plans. Hard to explain here but I feel Cordon's voice is perfect for the Time Sprout

6. Zoë Tapper

Actress | Stage Beauty

Zoë Tapper was born in 1981 in Bromley, Kent, England. She is an actress, known for Stage Beauty (2004), Affinity (2008) and Blood (2012). She has been married to Oliver Dimsdale since December 30, 2008. They have one child.

as Gloria Mundi Rex's sister and personal assistant to Dalai Dan. The role requires an actress who is tall, gorgeous and tough with a touch of class, step forard Zoe Tapper.

7. David Mitchell

Writer | That Mitchell and Webb Look

David Mitchell was born on 14th July 1974 in Salisbury, England. His parents, Ian and Kathy Mitchell, worked as hotel managers in Salisbury. David also has a brother. In 1977 the family moved to Oxford, where his parents taught a course in hotel management at Oxford Brookes University. David was ...

as Rambo Bloodaxe The leader of the Devianti. A brilliant comedian/ actor who would be perfect as an upper class cannibal. I'd love to see him take on this particularly nasty role.

8. Robert Webb

Actor | That Mitchell and Webb Look

Robert Webb was born on September 29, 1972 in Lincolnshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006), Peep Show (2003) and Magicians (2007). He has been married to Abigail Burdess since 2006. They have two children.

as Deathblade Eric Rambo's right hand man. Because I couldn't resist the opportunity to reunite one of my favourite double acts.

9. MyAnna Buring

Actress | Kill List

MyAnna Buring was born 22 September 1979, in Sundsvall, Sweden, as MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää, but grew up in the Middle East. When she turned 16, she moved to Great Britain. She attended secondary school at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman, with her childhood friend Stegath Dorr...

as Christine A mysterious figure who appears to Rex throughout the story. I can't tell you who she really is here but the reveal's a good 'un. A beautiful actress with an otherworldly quality.

10. Roger Allam

Actor | V for Vendetta

Roger Allam was born on October 26, 1953 in London, England. He is an actor, known for V for Vendetta (2005), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and Tamara Drewe (2010). He is married to Rebecca Saire. They have two children.

as Mungo Madoc The Phnaarg station controller. Over the years Allam has proved to be great at grumpy authority figures making him perfect for this character.

11. Miranda Hart

Actress | Spy

Miranda Hart was born on December 14, 1972 in Torquay, Devon, England as Miranda Katherine Hart Dyke. She is an actress and writer, known for Spy (2015), Miranda (2009) and Call the Midwife (2012).

as Ms. Vrilliam A prominent executive at Buddhavision with a close relationship with Gloria Mundi. Hart's popular comedic actress who would be ideal for this less than glamorous role.