Who wants to play house — Dollhouse, that is? The ambitious new Joss
Whedon/Eliza Dushku sci-fi series is currently casting its
Eliza plays Echo, one of the living
“Dolls,” a group of men and women who can be imprinted with personality
packages — from past memories to physical abilities and language
skills — for different assignments. After each assignment, their memories
are erased, and they all live together in a dorm/lab dubbed the Dollhouse. The show will follow Echo’s
burgeoning self-awareness and how it affects everyone around her.
let’s populate the Dollhouse. The character descriptions came out
earlier this week, and I say we help Joss & Co. expedite the casting
process. I say we dream big, because if Bionic Woman has taught us anything, it’s how
bad casting can cripple a promising premise (though, to be fair, there
is plenty of blame to go around there, including the entire writing staff).
Let’s take a look at the
new dolls (focusing on the females, cause that’s just how we roll
40-something, any ethnicity, beautiful, sophisticated, cold as an alp.
Runs the Dollhouse with an efficiency that is both ruthless and protective.
Would die before she showed anyone how lonely she is. (Series regular.)
Angela Bassett. Look, I know Angela turns 50 later this year, but
she can pull off 40-something better than most 40-somethings. Plus, what
I wouldn’t give to see her be sophisticated, ruthless and protective
on a regular basis, preferably in a sleeveless shirt to show off those
Sierra: 20-something, Asian or any ethnicity — certainly not Caucasian.
Strikingly beautiful. A Doll like Echo, she has every personality in
the world but her own. Is not as self-aware as Echo, but is instinctively
drawn to her as a friend. (Series regular.)
Tila Tequila. I kid, I kid! No, seriously, how about Devon Aoki?
The D.E.B.S. and Sin City
star already knows how to be lethal on screen, so what’s a couple
more personalities thrown into the mix?
November: In her 20s, any ethnicity, beautiful and heavy. Another
Doll, a hopeful child in the house and everyone else you need her to
be outside. A comforting, radiant presence, who tends to get fewer of
the criminal gigs and more of the personal ones. (Recurring.)
Nikki Blonsky. The Hairspray star is certainly a radiant presence.
If any of the assignments require singing or dancing or romancing
Zac Efron, she is all over it.
Dr. Claire Saunders: 30-60, attractive, smart and a little sad.
Looks after the physical well-being of the dolls. Has an acid wit. (Recurring.)
Joan Allen. My first inclination was Helen Mirren, but even
I think The Queen is dreaming too big. Joan has proven herself
as having all four key attributes — attractive, smart, sad and witty — time
and time again. And she already has plenty of natural Bourne
experience with secret agents and uncovering lost memories.
The show will start production
next month and should be ready for next fall’s TV season. For the
full cast description list, including all the fellas, click here. So, what do you think of these picks?
Who would you cast?