James Bond fans love to use the phrase “A Bond film is only as good as its villain.” Well, a similar thing applies to the Far Cry gaming franchise – individual installments are only as exciting as their respective villains. And if you ask Far Cry fans, there’s no villain bigger and better than Vaas Montenegro from Far Cry 3. Luckily for the fans, Michael Mando, who played Vaas in the acclaimed video game, reveals that a film based on the character’s origins is being explored.
It would seem that Canadian actor Michael Mando, who portrayed Vaas in Far Cry 3, is pushing for the character’s return, albeit through a different media – the silver and small screens, as reported by Screen Rant. In an interview for the Gamingbible, Mando said that he would love to reprise his iconic character, dubbed as one of the best video-game villains of all time, in a live-action medium. He mentioned sharing a couple of ideas he had about a possible film adaptation, revealing that there’s a lot of interest from multiple fronts, including screenwriters like Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat) and several Los Angeles-based producers. Ultimately, he disclosed that the movie might just happen if the fans ask for it, given that multiple parties are already interested, and the project is close to being developed.
Besides being best-known for his portrayal of Vaas, Mando is also known for his performance as Nacho Varga, a criminal lieutenant from the Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul. The 40-year-old Canadian actor said that working within the legacy of Breaking Bad has been a learning experience that he could bring to bear on Vaas Montenegro as well, considering that the idea of live-action adaptation gains enough traction. Mando’s vision regarding the live-action adaptation potentially explores the origin story of the character, though he also has another idea featuring Vaas for a narrative that takes place on a vast, international scale.
Ubisoft said that it currently has no plans for neither television nor feature-length adaptation featuring Vaas at the moment. However, with Mando pushing from one side, and Far Cry fans from another, the movie could still happen. Better Call Saul star isn’t the only member of the cast to portray a significant character in the Far Cry series. The recently-released Far Cry 6 game, which came under fire for political commentary before its release, featured Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo, its main villain. The reviews for the newest installment in the series criticized the lack of innovation within its narrative, which certainly wasn’t the case with Vaas in Far Cry 3, whose charismatic appearance can be credited to Mando’s talent.
Luckily, gamers will once again have the opportunity to meet Vaas in the upcoming Far Cry 6 season pass DLC, which will allow players to take control of various villains from previous installments of the Far Cry gaming series. This won’t directly affect the narrative, considering that Vaas died halfway through Far Cry 3, but it will offer a good portion of new content to a game that has been characterized as uninventive.