The boys at SpoilerTV have gotten their hands on the casting call for Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Death Race” prequel, and on it is the full title for the direct-to-DVD sequel: “Death Race: Frankenstein Lives”. Tony Giglio is tasked with scripting the prequel, which will trace the origins of the Frankenstein character from the first movie. But what’s interesting? Apparently they’re also going to write the Case character back into the prequel. As you’ll recall, Case was Frankenstein’s original navigator in the original movie, and became Statham’s navigator after the original Frankenstein bites it in the film’s opening frame.
Hot tamale model turned actress Natalie Martinez played Case in the original, and with the sequel already gearing up for production in 2010, I don’t see why she couldn’t return to play the role again. I could care less about discovering how Frankenstein got to be Frankenstein, but more Natalie Martinez as Case is always welcome. Yes, I’m superficial that way. But this is a movie about cars shooting each other, so what do you want from me?
Here are the casting call for the three main characters in the prequel:
[CARL “LUKE” LUCAS]
In his 20s-30, American, European, British, Australian, Latino, etc., handsome and confident, with a hint of danger, Lucas has been in trouble since the age of 12. Right-hand man to a notorious mobster for twelve years, he is sent away for life after killing a cop in the course of robbing a bank. Offered a deal by the DA if he turns state’s evidence, Lucas opts to take his chances behind bars, where he soon captures the attention of a violence-peddling television producer. Possessed of some serious driving skills, assertive, strong, and charismatic, Lucas is a natural fit for the ultimate test, aka, the “Death Race.”…LEAD (2) STAR NAMES PREFERRED – ANY NATIONALITY, ANY ETHNICITY
In her 20s – early 30s, a model turned journalist, September is is “insatiably ambitious and eye-poppingly gorgeous,” a woman who knows how to use what she’s got to get what she wants. She’s callous and self-serving, dressed provocatively, with the soul of an ice-pick, but the brains to know how to market violence to the masses. When ratings for her gladiator-style television show begin plummeting, September is quick to come up with the “Death Race” concept, thrilled by its stunning success sptv050769…LEAD (2) STAR NAMES PREFERRED – ANY NATIONALITY, ANY ETHNICITY
[ELIZABETH JAYNE CASE]
In her 20s – early 30s, and sexy, she is a card girl for the fight matches, later a navigator when the prisoners are forced to test their driving skills. Intelligent (valedictorian of her high school class), decent, with a good heart, Case landed in prison after killing her abusive cop husband. Quick to come to the aide of girl in peril or help Lucas outwit an adversary, she’s a courageous, admirable young woman. Teamed with Lucas for a death race, the chemistry soon heats up between the two…LEAD (16) STAR NAMES PREFERRED – ANY NATIONALITY, ANY ETHNICITY
In his 30s – 60, American or foreign, bold, opulent and self-indulgent, the CEO and Founder of the Weyland Corporation, he is a opportunist at best, a man who makes millions on the backs of others. Clearly not immune to September’s come-hither charm, he agrees to produce a televised gladiator-style series of fighting matches, later disappointed by the ratings. However, he’s quite impressed when September’s idea for a race to the death has the viewers tuning in again…LEAD (11) STAR NAMES ONLY – ANY NATIONALITY, ANY ETHNICITY
I’m guessing the presence of a “Douglas Weyland” character is an attempt by the film’s producer Paul W.S. Anderson to tie the “Death Race” universe to his “Aliens vs. Predator” universe, though for what purpose I haven’t a clue. Maybe it’s just a wink to fans of “AVP”.