Part one of this series can be found here.
There have been a lot of people saying that the real-life inspiration for Zoey’s character model is Sonja Kinski. Personally I don’t see the resemblance. Looks aside, she’s known primarily as a model not an actress. As I see it, casting her as Zoey would be a big mistake. Here’s my shortlist:
- Kira Knightly
- Kate Beckinsale
- Natalie Portman
Best known for her role in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Kira Knightly also played a gun-toting bounty hunter in Domino. Kate Beckinsale kicked some serious ass in the Underworld films.Both of them are serious action-chicks. However, I don’t think they have the range to portray Zoey doing anything other than shooting zombies. Her character has much more depth than that, and I don’t think either of these two actresses would be able to explore it.
Ok, what about Natalie Portman then? She showed off her vulnerable side in V For Vendetta and from her performance in Leon we can see that she clearly has a talent for portraying believable characters in unusual situations. However, she still doesn’t get the role. Whilst the previous two actresses are too hard, Portman is too far the other way. For all her depth as an actress, I just can’t see her wielding a shotgun against hordes of zombies. Although she did look HAWT with all her hair shaved off.
So who is it then? Who has both the guts and the tears to give Zoey a proper representation on the big screen?
- Summer Glau
Summer Glau could have been born to play this role. She is known for her ass-kicking roles in Firefly/Serenity as River Tam and as Cameron in the new Terminator TV series. In character as River she also displayed her ability to show vulnerability and fear, proving that she isn’t just a one-dimentional action heroine. I think she has what it takes to show off both sides of Zoey’s character that we see in-game: The zombie punching, gun wielding team player and the scared, nervous wreck that we see when she or another survivor gets seriously injured. And of course, she’ll look GREAT while doing it.