After years of waiting, Rockstar Games has officially released Grand Theft Auto 5 to video game fans around the world – marking one of the biggest entertainment launches in history. Which has us wondering: how long will it be until Hollywood announces a movie set in the Grand Theft Auto world? Nearly three years back, Rockstar’s VP of creative, Dan Houser, stated that any reason to take GTA from the small screen to the big screen would have to be “more than financial” – and weeks ago he reaffirmed this position.

However, several video game publishers are preparing film adaptations from their biggest franchises (Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, among others), retaining creative control to ensure that the next generation of interactive gameplay-turned-fixed big screen viewing overcomes the stigma of less-uninspired attempts that came before. For that reason, it might not be too long before Rockstar Games sees a clearer path for adapting a Grand Theft Auto story – or telling an entirely new misadventure full of the same debauchery, violence, and social commentary that has made GTA one of the most popular brands in gaming.

As a result, we’re taking a look back at the various anti-heroes from Grand Theft Auto‘s past (limited to primary console protagonists) in order to present actors that we’d love see go from rags to riches (and cause mass pandemonium) in a live-action Grand Theft Auto movie. Of course the list is not all-inclusive, so once you’ve had a chance to read our picks, share your ideas in the comments.

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