Is Sam Worthington Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

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Sam Worthington has been on the cusp of being “the next big thing” for a while now. The Australian actor had the double whammy of Avatar and Terminator Salvation and he also has Clash of the Titans set for release next month; 3 major high budget and heavy marketed films which threw his face on billboards across the world. Since last year his name has been mentioned for nearly every film in development and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon, as he has now been tipped as the possible star of Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future.

Dan Dare is something of a British institution – the Brit equivalent of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. He’s been a staple of comic books in Blighty for fifty years and it now seems like Warner Bros. wants to bring him to the big screen in the shape of Worthington.

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The Frank Hampson creation was purchased by billionaire mogul Richard Branson a few years ago, with an animated series made shortly after. It now seems that the studio with the famous water tower has now purchased the screen rights in the hope that Dan Dare becomes their next big cinematic franchise. As we know, Harry Potter is getting ready to leave Hogwarts and I don’t think that Christopher Nolan has any intention of continuing the Batman franchise beyond number three.

At this point there isn’t a director (or a writer for that matter) attached to the film, but if the studio has the increasingly busy Worthington attached, then expect that to change quickly.

The main question that I have to ask is; Is Worthington the real deal, with regads to his being a leading man?

He has starred in Avatar – the biggest film of all time and shared top billing with Batman (Christian Bale) in Terminator 4, which was a moderate hit at the box office – but can he carry a film based on his presence or name?

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I’m pretty sure that this question may still be asked after the release of Clash of the Titans, as it could be argued that audiences will flock (or maybe not) to the film because of its effects and name status – which is one of the reasons that I’ll be there- aside from the fact that it looks like a damn good time at the cinema!

So, I’m throwing it up to you. Is Sam Worthington a real star, or does he just have a good agent and publicist?

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  1. I like that you added the last few paragraphs in regards to Worthington. I'm inclined to agree with you that he still doesn't have the star power to carry a film, which this movie I think will need as it's not an American comic book. Terminator was an established franchise and Avatar and the upcoming Clash of the Titans are both effects driven movies, no one's going to walk out of them and say “Man, that was some of Worthington's best work.”

  2. Worthington seems like a nice enough guy, but I understand why the question is asked. He simply lacks that certain something that makes a star a star. He doesn't have the charisma of a Johnny Depp or George Clooney or Will Smith, doesn't have the presence of a Brad Pitt or even Steven Seagal. And though he's a capable actor, he's no Robert deNiro.

    Basically a sightly bland, generic nice guy. Looks like he would be more at home on a cookie-cutter TV cop show that carrying a movie.

  3. Ah well, I'd prefer to look at Worthington over DeNiro probably any day … plus, Worthington seems to gravitate towards the movies I enjoy the most. Though I certainly don't think he can ever beat DeNiro's performance in Meet the Parents. :-D

  4. My discriminating daughter saw Terminator 4 and felt Bale was just okay but she said “the guy opposite him was just fa antastic actor and made the film worth seeing” (i.e., Worthington).

  5. I personally believe that the last few paragraphs are extremely unfair to any artists, let alone, Sam.

    Do you expect Sam to act the way Johnny did (in Alice or Chocolate factory) in T4 or Avatar? That would be laughable. I am sure Johnny would act differently if he stars in T4.

    I thought Sam did a fantastic job with both Avatar and T4; the bit when he said, “This is our land.” – that was moving and the pinnacle of the film.

    Would you go to see Batman specifically for Bale's performance? Or Toby in Spiderman? Or Shia in Transformers? Or Ewan in Star Wars? Or… Or… Or…

    If Sam is not good enough for the role or within the vision of the director/producer/etc, I am sure he would not have been picked (amongst all other candidates).

    An actor is just an integral part of a film; let's not forget that there're also screenwriter, producer, cameraman, CGI team, director, etc, etc that make the actor what he or she is in a film.

    It's articles like this that (could) destroys an actor's career…

  6. Niall was just asking questions – I didn't see one judgement in his article. On the other hand, with the sentence “An actor is just an integral part of a film; let's not forget that there's also a screenwriter, producer, cameraman, CGI team, director, etc, etc that make the actor what he or she is in a film”, haven't you just confirmed his reservations (ie without a recognisable property or director behind him we simply don't yet know whether Worthington “can carry a film based on his presence or name”)?!

  7. I haven't read the Virgin Comics Dan Dare but I hear good things about it and it seems likely that'll be the version they adapt. Failing that, I'd be happy to see a full-on '50s retro Frank Hampson treatment, or even elements of Grant Morrison's dystopian Dare from 1990, which used the character as a forgotten relic from a more innocent time.

    Sam Worthington as Dare? Could work. He's definitely got more life in him than this guy…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5_u8EOtfbU

    These are good for a laugh though:-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Liyjx6WLskE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWDdCOtt1Hw&feat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDvzaY6QOXA&feat

  8. How lazy are the casting directors these days? Dan Dare is supposed to be from Manchester and his side-kick Digby is from Lancashire. For this film to succeed, a top-notch director is needed, preferably someone British with a feel for Frank Hampson's wonderful creation. Maybe Ridley Scott or Danny Boyle. I've always thought that Peter O'Toole's features in Laurence Of Arabia would have been perfect for Dan Dare. The actor Hugh Lloyd would have been great for Digby too. This will be a missed opportunity without the proper look and feel of the late 50s artwork and design aesthetic. The Dan Dare Corporation's animated series got some things right, but the main characters were ruined. Will Frank Hampson's family get any of the royalties? This would be the biggest shame if they were ignored.

  9. How lazy are the casting directors these days? Dan Dare is supposed to be from Manchester and his side-kick Digby is from Lancashire. For this film to succeed, a top-notch director is needed, preferably someone British with a feel for Frank Hampson's wonderful creation. Maybe Ridley Scott or Danny Boyle. I've always thought that Peter O'Toole's features in Laurence Of Arabia would have been perfect for Dan Dare. The actor Hugh Lloyd would have been great for Digby too. This will be a missed opportunity without the proper look and feel of the late 50s artwork and design aesthetic. The Dan Dare Corporation's animated series got some things right, but the main characters were ruined. Will Frank Hampson's family get any of the royalties? This would be the biggest shame if they were ignored.