As some of you may know, a recent post from The Hollywood Reporter has stated that Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions are collaborating on a Captain Planet film. The studio is apparently in negotiations to get the rights to the '90s cartoon. There’s been no word on the film’s plot but rumors say the new film takes place years after the adventures of the show, with the great captain now a washed-up nobody who now needs the kids more than they need him. Previously, Don Cheadle took the role of Captain Planet in a Funny or Die sketch that was both hilarious and inappropriate for kids.
So (i'd assume) Cheadle is not in the running for the upcoming movie! As for the real live-action Captain Planet that's in the works, nothing has been said about casting so far. However, the announcement has gotten people talking about who's going to portray the iconic captain. Needless to say, there's a wide selection of actors who would take the role with a very different approach to Don Cheadle! So, here are my top 3 picks for actors who could play Captain Planet.
3. Will Smith
All right, I know this is a strange choice but looking at Smith's track record, I think he could pull it off. He's demonstrated in films like Men in Black, Suicide Squad and Hancock that he can be both solemn and funny. Hancock particularly displays Smith's experience in the superhero genre, where he was funny and convincing as a man with incredible abilities. Captain Planet is both serious and jolly, but Smith would definitely add an exciting element to the character.
Plus, #WillSmith's mass appeal would be beneficial for the film considering the original show's cult status. It's an unusual pick, but since Smith is a #Hollywood regular, it's something we could see in the near future!
2. Chris Pine
In the recent Star Trek Beyond, we saw a much more mature Kirk, a portrayal closer to the original character. With this, Pine's presence and gravitas was more powerful and engaging, and that's exactly what Captain Planet would need. In my view, Pine would be a pretty good choice.
Also, look at his hair. It's tall and pointy! Just dye it green and paint his face blue and he is Captain Planet. It'll be interesting to see him in the new Wonder Woman film as that's his first venture into the superhero genre. If he's good, Pine as Captain Planet may be a possibility.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
I think this pick is the most likely, as well as the best, since he's attached to the project and is an academy award-winning actor.
He may not have the humor of Smith or Pine, but his presence is the strongest out of them all. It would be great to see him particularly in this role as he is an active environmentalist and has always been vocal about his concerns on Twitter. The best example of his ability for me is his performance in Inception. It's a bit serious for a children's superhero character, but in that role he conveys the passion that a super environmentalist like Captain Planet would have, just like in this clip.
In the end he may just produce and not act in the project, that could happen. If it did it would be unfortunate because I think he'd make a great Captain Planet. Then again, we could just get Don Cheadle to reprise the role...