Ok I’m going into total speculation mode here… I saw this post on Reddit about a guy who claims his friend was recently paid to make concept art for a new Firefly series with ”a new cast, new ship, same problems.” Now wait a minute don’t get your hopes up! Believe it or not, people DO lie on the interwebs. But whether this is true or not (maybe it will be announced at the Firefly Panel at Comic-Con this Friday), I am curious to see what you think of the idea of a new Firefly show set in the same universe with a different crew and ship? I think as long as Joss Whedon is in full control of it and it is NOT on FOX (HBO would be a great choice), it would be a good idea. Maybe the old cast can even drop in once in a while when their schedules permit for some awesome cameos.
If you could pick a new cast to replace the old ship’s crew (I’m not going to include a replacement for Inara, River or Book because they aren’t really needed for the crew, just the story), who would you pick? Here is mine:
Captain (Mal): Oh jeez this is tough. It’ll be VERY difficult to find someone to fill Fillion’s boots but I think Joshua Jackson (Peter in Fringe which is ending this fall) would do a great job. Or, maybe Matthew Fox (Jack from Lost)? Here’s a longshot (since he dies in everything) but Sean Bean (Eddard Stark in Game Of Thrones) would be great too! Or, the captain could be female; possibilities include Amanda Tapping (Sam Carter in Stargate SG1) who’s most recent show, Sanctuary was cancelled.
Second In Command (Zoe): Possibly Amy Acker or Felicia Day (though she seems to be pretty busy with her web series stuff). If the captain was a woman, maybe Jamie Bamber of Battlestar Galactica as the second in command?
Pilot (Wash): I think David Blue (Eli in Stargate Universe) or Fran Kranz (Topher in Dollhouse) would both be good choices for a for a fun, goofy pilot.
Hired Gun (Jayne): Having trouble thinking of someone else for this role… Maybe Joe Flanigan (Shepherd in Stargate Atlantis) though he wouldn’t be such a tough guy like Jayne.
Mechanic (Kaylee): I think Grace Park (Boomer in Battlestar Galactica) could be a good mechanic (plus it would make sense to actually have an Asian aboard the ship). Or (and this may be a weird choice) maybe Topher Grace (Eric in That 70′s Show).
Doctor (Simon): Maybe Joss could bring in Eliza Dushku (Echo in his other show, Dollhouse). She could probably pull off a good doctor. Or James Callis (Gaius Baltar in Battlestar Galactica) would be a good choice as well.
What do you think?