di.riptide.01.lgHypothetical Casting: Dead Island

“Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse,” said Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino.

Deep Silver found a new partner in Occupant Entertainment after a 2011 movie deal with Lionsgate expired. The film is reportedly going to be based on either the first or second game or “something in between.”

The games are more renowned for their MMO take on a zombie apocalypse. The gameplay is very fun, but the stories for both games have been subpar to say the least. It’s a typical zombie story. What drives the idea of a “Dead Island” film further though are the exceptional trailers (each could be considered short films).

With this recent update we have to wonder who will play the five main characters in this franchise.

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Xian Mei is the blade specialist in the game. Born and raised in China, she works for the Hong Kong polce force and is skilled in martial arts. Mei was sent to the island of Banoi to spy on the wealthy Westerners that stayed there. Upon arrival the manager put her on 24-hour surveillance.

 Casting Choices

1. Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

2. Malese Jow (The Social Network)

3. Qi Shu (The Transporter)










Sam B
is a one-hit-wonder rap star of fading fame. You may have heard of such hits as “Who do you Voodoo, Bitch?”

He is originally from New Orleans, but is now performing four nights a week at the Royal Palms Resort in Banoi.

Casting Choices

1. Wood Harris (Remember the Titans, The Wire)

2. Charles Michael Davis (The Originals)

3. David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)









Logan Carter is also a former superstar.

He was once an American Football Star. He is the Jack of All Trades character in the game.

Casting Choices

1. Jason Isaacs (The Patriot)

2. Josh Randall (Ed, Scrubs)

3. Matthew Fox (Lost)



Purna Jackson is considered the leader of the band of misfit heroes.

She was a VIP bodyguard on the island of Banoi before the zombie attacks. Her speciality in the games is with guns.

Casting Choices

1. Rutina Wesley (True Blood)

2. Yaya DaCosta (Tron: Legacy)

3. Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)


MV5BMTEzNDQ4NzM4MjFeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDI4NjY0MDAx._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_Sergeant John Morgan isn’t introduced until the second game “Dead Island: Riptide” so there is a chance he won’t make an appearance in the adaptation.

He is a former solider in the Austrailian Defence Force.

Casting Choices

1. Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom)

2. Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Zero Dark Thirty)

3. Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential)