7 Actors We Want to Star in a 'Grand Theft Auto' MovieAfter 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.
Jai Courtney as ClaudeCharacter appearances: Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Actor seen in: Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Jack Reacher, and A Good Day to Die Hard. When Grand Theft Auto made the jump to open-world sandbox mayhem (from its top-down roots), players landed in the blue sneakers of Claude "Speed" - a silent protagonist, recently double-crossed by his lover, and left for dead. A feature film based on Grand Theft Auto 3 would, undoubtedly, require Claude to have a voice this round - though the character's brutal fisticuffs and expert weapons training would still do a lot of the talking. A Good Day to Die Hard was, ultimately, bogged down in too much father-and-son drama to make it a satisfying Die Hard franchise entry, but it's hard to blame Jai Courtney - who still delivered some of the film's most exciting (and humorous) moments. That said, Courtney's role as ruthless assassin Charlie in Jack Reacher (also a man of few words) provides the best reason to think the actor could offer a believable but savage take on Claude - a mysterious man capable of racking-up a 5-star wanted level only to escape in a heart-pounding car chase.
Jon Bernthal as Tommy Vercetti
Character appearances: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (off-hand reference) Actor seen in: The Walking Dead, Snitch, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Known best for his role as the duplicitous Shane Walsh on The Walking Dead, Bernthal would be no stranger to the brutality and violence depicted in a Grand Theft Auto property. Unlike the silent Claude, Vercetti was brought to life by foul-mouthed dialogue along with an (at times) abrasive personality - making him one of the least empathetic Grand Theft Auto protagonists. However, Bernthals's supporting part in Snitch serves as a good example of how casting the actor as Tommy Vercetti in a big screen Vice City adaptation could help ground the gangster caricature in a relatable story (capable of appealing to a broad moviegoing audience) - since the success of the Snitch character, Daniel James, managed to navigate a very fine line between violent actions and an empathetic human arc. Playing up the events behind Vercetti's betrayal would allow Bernthal plenty of room to be a one-man killing machine - couched motivations that audiences could get behind.