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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 12/ 3/2008

The Morning Line: Time to Cast 'Mark Trail: The Movie'

By Michael Cavna

Thanks to commenter "staxowax," Comic Riffs has its sights set on The Next Big Film Project.

Mark Trail, get ready for your closeup. Your time has come.


If only he can get loose from his contract -- and Salty. (NAS) Enlarge Comic

In our blogpost yesterday about "Hollywood-bound comics," "staxowax" (with "hdradio" seconding the motion) proposed a sendup flick of "Mark Trail." Well, the idea went over boffo at the 'Riffs pitch meeting. Big ups. So now, for the next step:
We've got to cast "Mark Trail," as well as come up with that just-right title.

The early casting-call pick to play Our Man in Khaki himself is Jon Hamm (especially since Hamm has shown on AMC's "Mad Men" that he can engagingly play a man perpetually stuck in the '60s).

Some of the other names being floated for the role by 'Riffs:
1. Guy Pearce (the Aussie has done his share of outdoorsy roles in khaki).
2. Jake Gyllenhaal (rogue charm; has already a love-story Western).
3. Ben Affleck (clean-cut with outspoken convictions).
4. James Denton (though has aged some past Mark Trail's eternal 32 years old).
5. Brad Pitt (because, well, he's "attached" to everything).

Another sought-after role will surely be the always riveting flirtatious wackjob, Kelly Welly. Comic Riffs asks you to consider these names:

1. Sean Young (because no one plays "crazy" like Ms. Young).
2. Jennifer Jason Leigh (because no one plays "silent psycho" like Mrs. Leigh Baumbach).
3. Hilary Swank (we can just smell the Oscar).
4. Katie Holmes (because well's, she's "attached" to everything).

What are your picks for our newly green-lighted project, "Mark Trail: Cocky in Khaki"?

By Michael Cavna  | December 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

Roger Moore. Only he could tromp through the woods without ruining the crease on his pants.

Posted by: tws1372 | December 3, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I think that Jon Hamm's character of Don Draper in "Madmen" looks very much like Mark Trail.

Posted by: dandemain | December 3, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Rupert Everett.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 3, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

For Cherry Trail, I'm thinking Jennifer Connelly.

For Kelly Welly, I like Mary Louise Parker. (I was thinking of Elizabeth Moss, Hamm's co-star on "Mad Men", but the MLP idea appeals to me more and more as I think about it).

Posted by: staxowax | December 3, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

In the current storyline, I see Steve Buscema as "Rabbit".

Posted by: seismic-2 | December 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess it is unfortunately too late to nominate Gregory Peck.

Posted by: SteveinStLouis | December 3, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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