Kellan Lutz may still have the power to land the lead role in the feature film reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
The movie’s director, McG, fielded several questions regarding the upcoming movie during FOX’s Television Critics Association after-party. Among the topics discussed was the Lutz’s recent tweet, where he said he’d had “an amazing meeting” with McG and producer Mary Viola.
“Kellan’s a good guy, and we had a great meeting, and he’s passionate about He-Man, he’s passionate about the Adam story. He really knows a lot about it,” states McG in the interview with IGN. “I was charmed by his focus and intensity. He’ll be considered very, very carefully. We’re just not there yet. We’ve got to get the movie on its feet, then we’ll cast the movie.”
The Terminator Salvation director additionally answered questions about another fan-favorite character casting: Skeletor. Asked whether he’s looking to an unknown or a star to take on the role of the iconic villain, McG said, “I just want someone who’s right for it. I enjoy working with big movie stars. I enjoy working with discoveries,” he stated on the casting of Skeletor who was played by Frank Langella in the 1987 movies. ”We’re going to do what’s right, so it embodies the energy. Skeletor needs to be an incredible menace. … I mean it when I say Vader, Gruber, Skeletor.”
The fantasy and action genre of Masters of the Universe harkens to a similar tone of the comic-book film phenomenons of today, notably lead by Marvel. The Charlie’s Angels director pulled his inspiration for how to adapt the upcoming fantasy for the big screen using films like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. “We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment,” stated McG. “That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey.”
The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reboot is currently in development and does not yet have a release date.
Read IGN’s full interview here.