Kellan Lutz set social media ablaze this weekend with a tweet addressed to He-Man fans: The Hercules actor wrote about “an amazing meeting” with McG, director of the upcoming Masters of the Universe film, and producer Mary Viola. He added that the film “is in great hands,” suggesting he may be in talks to star.
While the live-action film is currently in development, sources tell EW that the project has not yet entered the casting phase, nor has the studio entered discussions with any actors. But until then, we’ve picked out six actors that could fit the bill for the lead role.
The franchise began as a line of toys in the 1980s before adding a comic book and the beloved He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon in 1983. Following the TV spinoff She-Ra: Princess of Power, the franchise got a live-action film titled Masters of the Universe in 1987. Dolph Lundgren starred as He-Man opposite Frank Langella’s Skeletor in the movie, directed by Gary Goddard.
Responding to a fan question on Twitter earlier in June, McG wrote he’s currently “working on” getting the right tone. If the new Masters of the Universe is anything like the cartoon, it’ll be weird, silly, but not too jokey — and these are some actors who would be great fits.
1. Dwayne Johnson
Thanks to his history in the WWE and playing Hercules in the Brett Ratner film, The Rock already has He-Man’s barbarian bod. Johnson further has “the power” (star power, that is) to carry an entire franchise. As one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, he maintains a lovable personality and infectious charisma that together would help bring out the kooky nature of the property.
2. Chris Hemsworth
Hemsworth has made a healthy career out of being Thor — but, based on the box office performance of his other films, it’s rare that he leads a hit outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He-Man could be just what the doctor ordered: It’s similar enough to his career-defining gig but would still expand the actor’s film résumé.
3. Sam Heughan
The Outlander star makes viewers laugh, cry, and swoon all at once. Though Starz recently renewed the hit series through season 4, it’s not a rarity for a TV actor to juggle film roles as well. Outlander won’t last forever, and leading a blockbuster film based on a beloved franchise would do wonders in growing his star.
4. Charlie Hunnam
Since leaving behind Sons of Anarchy when the show ended in 2014, Hunnam has seamlessly moved into the big-screen realm. With Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak under his belt, he’ll be next appear as King Arthur in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable. For the most part, we’ve seen the same style of swagger from the actor, so this would be a great way for him to broaden his character arsenal — plus, his hair would look great swaying in the breeze on top of He-Man’s trusty steed, Battle Cat.
5. Terry Crews
The former football player has made a name for himself shaking his pecs in the Old Spice commercials and playing the fitness-loving Terry on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where he’s proved he has the presence, physicality, and personality in common with He-Man with enough camp for a resounding, “By the power of Grayskull!”
6. Jason Momoa
Proven by Game of Thrones, Momoa is the essence of masculinity — yet even Khal Drogo isn’t without his softer side, like in his quieter moments with his Khaleesi. We haven’t seen much of Momoa’s on-screen charm, something he flaunts more in person instead of his darker film roles, but Prince Adam, a benevolent ruler who’s not as brooding as other heroes, could bring this out.