If you could cast anyone as Janet Van Dyne (starring in her own movie of course), who would you choose?
Oh, man, this is difficult.
Most of the movies are based more on the Ultimates verse, rather than the 616 verse, and in that, Jan is usually referred to/drawn as of ‘Asian’ descent, without specifics so…. Yeah.
There’s a point, early on in Ultimates, where Nick Fury says that she’d be played by Lucy Liu, and Jan’s reaction isn’t exactly enthusiastic, so it could be that she does not appreciate the work of Ms. Liu, or she is not actually of Chinese American descent, and would prefer someone who shares her heritage. (Edit: It’s been pointed out to me that since most Americans know very few Asian actresses, Lucy Liu is everyone’s go to for everything, which is straight up racism.) There’s no official confirmation of what her background is, and her mother is never named. Her father is Vernon Van Dyne, and was drawn as a white scientist, so she’s likely of mixed race heritage.
But the last thing that the MCU needs is more white people, so I would be inclined to cast an actress who might share Jan’s background in that way.
If I were casting “awesome, heroic, brilliant fashion designer and woman of fierce loyalty Jan Van Dyne,” I’d go with Hayley Kiyoko.
(credit to IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1967628800/nm3072243?ref_=nmmi_mi_all_pbl_20 )