An adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book by Peter Lenkov and Lucas Marangon, “R.I.P.D.,” doesn’t have the same clout as an “Avengers” or “Dark Knight Rises.” But what the property lacks in name recognition, it’s making up for in spades with some intriguing casting decisions that most recently include experienced actors James Hong and Mike O’Malley.
R.I.P.D. stands for “Rest in Peace Department,” which Dark Horse’s website describe as “the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement ‘patrolling the deadbeat…reporting to one boss.’” Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are playing the film’s spectral protagonists, but what really has us sitting up and taking notice is who will be portraying their earthly avatars.
In order to be seen on the physical realm, the officers of the R.I.P.D. must take on human form, and that means that the grizzled Bridges’ character will be portrayed on Earth by none other than Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller. Now, however, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter comes news that Reynolds will also have a hilariously mismatched avatar: Veteran character actor James Hong, who will be playing “Grandpa Chen.”
We’re told that we should recognize Hong from his role as Chew in “Blade Runner,” but honestly, all we see when we look at him is Cassandra Wong’s dad from “Wayne’s World 2.” The guy literally had brass balls.
In other “R.I.P.D.” casting news, Deadline is reporting that Mike O’Malley is also joining the cast. The once (and future?) host of “Nickolodeon GUTS” will be portraying Elliot, who is said to be some type of ghost. Some among you might recognize O’Malley from his role as Kurt’s dad on “GLEE,” but let’s call a spade a spade, shall we? He’s the Time Warner Cable guy.
What do you think about the past two days of “R.I.P.D.” casting news? Are you as intrigued as we are by Jeff Bridges as a sexy lady and Ryan Reynolds as a somewhat less sexy Chinese man? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter!