Today for Vicious week we have the amazing Meg back to cast Eli Ever. Although I’m personally a Victor Vale girl there is no Victor without Eli. So check it out and let us know who YOU picture playing Eli!
And we’re back! Today, Vicious Week continues as we discuss who should play Eli Ever. Once again, I have mostly pulled the options from Victoria Schwab’s Vicious forum. In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s Victor Vale casting call.
On the surface, Eli Ever is a bright, charismatic college student but underneath, he has a closet full of skeletons. We’re looking for a younger, dark-haired, actor with a friendly, welcoming vibe that can play a villain while still appearing innocent.
Matt Bomer has the bright-eyed, vote-for-me handsomness that would make for a good Eli. Look at that face, you’d believe anything he said with the right amount of sincerity, wouldn’t you? I haven’t seen any of his work on White Collar, but can vouch for his abilities on Chuck. Granted, his role didn’t require too much of a range, but he didn’t give me any reason to doubt he’d be able to play a convincing Eli. My concern with Matt is that he would be too old. (SPOILER: Part of Eli’s superpower is that he doesn’t age. (end spoiler) As far as anyone who doesn’t know his history is concerned, he’s approximately twenty years old and I don’t think there’s enough soft lighting in the world to convince me that Matt’s twenty.
Confession, I haven’t watched Hannibal (yet) and I think the only thing I’ve seen Hugh Dancy in is Confessions of a Shopaholic which I don’t really remember much of, so I can’t comment on his acting abilities. Look-wise, I could see him as Eli, he can definitely handle the tortured part, look at that pout. He’s more age-appropriate, I could more easily accept him as a college kid than Matt Bomer. I’m not completely convinced, both because I haven’t seen his skills and because I imagined Eli as more of a slick, political type of pretty and I think Hugh’s more hipster, artsy pretty.
Zac was Victoria’s initial suggestion for Eli and I can totally see the appeal. Like Hugh Dancy, I haven’t seen him in much, but judging from live appearances, gifs and general internet absorption, I think he can handle the playful, innocent aspects of the character. As for the darker sides of Eli, I really don’t know. He’s been in angsty movies, but I don’t know if he’s convincingly pulled it off.
Another Victoria suggestion and my personal favorite of the officially proposed contenders. Dave’s got that patented Franco-slickness that I think would add a whole new dimension to Eli. As far as acting goes, his previous roles haven’t required too much of a range, but I could easily buy him as a crafty sociopath underneath the charm.
I think we can all agree James McAvoy is a great actor. He’s proven he can convey the required intensity, but still quip with the best of them. Look-wise, I’m not completely convinced. To me, though undeniably attractive, he doesn’t have that shiny, plastic sort of attractiveness I always imagined Eli to have.
As far as I’m concerned, Zachary Quinto can play every role, in every movie, forever. He’s basically made of awesome. I am totally on board with Quinto for Eli with the exception of the age thing, I’m more open to the idea of him playing a college kid than I am with Matt Bohmer, but it’d be a bit of a stretch.
The only reason Daniel’s an honorable mention is because I had no idea who he was until I saw his name come up and googled for this post, so I don’t have too much to say about him other than I approve of the look and age.
What do you guys think? Did we leave anyone out?