Fanbyte’s Fancast for Amazon’s Mass Effect Series

Who should play Shepard and their crew?

If you haven’t heard the news, Amazon hopes to create a television series based on BioWare’s science fiction universe Mass Effect. According to a report from Deadline, Bezos and BioWare are nearing a deal that would allow it to begin development on a show set in the studio’s depiction of galactic society. The report has, naturally, meant folks are wondering just what this show might entail. There was speculation that Witcher actor Henry Cavill might be involved with a Mass Effect project earlier this year. If he shaves his head, he’d look the part for the default male version of protagonist Commander Shepard.

So now, I’m thinking about the best cast of actors for a Mass Effect adaptation. Here are my ideas:

  • Commander Shepard, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Kaidan Alenko, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Ashley Williams, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Garrus Vakarian, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Urdnot Wrex, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Tali’Zorah vas Normandy, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Liara T’Soni, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Miranda Lawson, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Jacob Taylor, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Mordin Solus, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Jack, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Grunt, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Thane, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Samara, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Legion, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Zaeed Massani, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Kasumi Goto, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • James Vega, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • EDI, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Javik, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Jeff “Joker” Moreau, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Samantha Traynor, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • Steve Cortez, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • David Anderson, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.
  • The Illusive Man, played by no one. Don’t make an adaptation of the video games.

  • Blasto, played by Mark Meer.

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For a universe as massive and expansive as the Mass Effect series, the thought that Amazon and BioWare would make a deal to bring it to the small screen and choose to adapt a story that’s already been told and is modular feels like a laughable waste of an opportunity. Mass Effect deserves better than simply retreading its past, and I hope that’s on the mind of everyone with the keys to this particular kingdom. Because what’s the point of the series being back in the public consciousness if all it’s going to do is tell us the same story as before?

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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