As I write this post I’m fueled by anger and disappointment. I don’t know if some of you remember this or not, but about two years ago (give or take) it was announced that there would be an adaptation of the comic strip, Mandrake. Created by Lee Falk, Mandrake is about crime fighting magician who uses illusions and hypnosis to defeat his enemies. According to Superherohype, actors Hayden Christenson and Djimon Hounsou have signed on to star in the live action film, and I have no idea why.
The corny premise of the comic has been updated to give it a more modern appeal for contemporary audiences. Mandrake will be portrayed as more of an adrenaline junkie who gets off on doing the impossible. Here is a brief description of what you can expect from the film:
Following a daring escape from an SUV that has been dropped out of an plane at the Burning Man Festival, he is coerced by the CIA into breaking a deep-cover agent named Xi Shing Lung out of a maximum security jail. Hypnosis, contortion, distraction and technical wizardry all come into play as Mandrake breaks the agent out from the inside within a 24-hour deadline.
“Hypnosis, contortion, distraction and technical wizardry ?” Am I the only one who thinks this sounds lame? I was actually willing to give this film a shot when I first heard of it. At that time Tudors star, Jonathan Rhys Meyers was attached to star, and even that was a bit upsetting. Now, out of nowhere he’s been replaced by Hayden Christensen? Where’s the justice? Please tell me this press release was a part of the studio’s “technical wizardry” because I’m not looking forward to this at all.
What do you think of Hayden Christensen being cast as Mandrake?