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Who Should Play Mario Batali & Gordon Ramsay in the Marco Pierre White Movie?

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Last week, Eater reported that legendary British chef Marco Pierre White's memoir The Devil in the Kitchen has been optioned by director/producer Ridley Scott. The biggest question about the potential film, of course, is: Who should play White?

Ripe fodder for film, White's book chronicles his rise to celebrity chefdom in the 80s and 90s. Helping him along the way was a young Gordon Ramsay (nowadays the two are famously estranged). For a time there was even a young Mario Batali in White's kitchen. The story could be adapted in any number of ways, so below are casting suggestions that account for flashback possibilities — so both older and younger White and Ramsay — as well as some picks for a young Batali. Have a better idea? You know what to do.

For reference, here's what White looked like during the period the film takes place.

[Photos: Marco Pierre White official site]

Younger Marco Pierre White

Tom Hiddleston

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He's tall. He's British. He can rock long hair. A definite contender.

Andrew Lincoln

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This British actor can be emotionally raw (cf. Love, Actually) but can also kill zombies by the truckload (cf. The Walking Dead). A bit older perhaps than the other choices, but MPW is an old soul, right?

James Franco

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Are people even allowed to make movies without James Franco anymore? No. This actor can brood his way out of anything.

Russell Brand

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Current Marco Pierre White

Russell Crowe

[Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic/Getty Images]

He would certainly connect with MPW's temper. The Sydney Morning Herald has floated a rumor that he's in contention for the role, having worked with Ridley Scott on the 2000 blockbuster Gladiator.

Clive Owen

[Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

He's British and good looking and mysterious. Sounds like a match.

Joaquin Phoenix

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To play Marco Pierre White, one must feel like one is Marco Pierre White. Joaquin Phoenix can most certainly do that.

Young Gordon Ramsay

Chris Hemsworth

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Looks like he may grow up to have a craggy face and enjoy Iron Man competitions. His action movie cred should translate to tense kitchen scenes.

Richard Madden

[Photo: Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage]

Born in Scotland (like Ramsay), this fan favorite from Game of Thrones just needs blonde hair.

Ryan Phillippe

[Photo: Gustavo Caballero/WireImage]

This one-time teen heartthrob actually makes all sorts of sense as young Gordo.

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Boratheon

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Joffrey from Game of Thrones is a Gordon Ramsay in training: "Everyone is mine to torment!"

Current Gordon Ramsay

Sebastian Roché

[Photo: Maury Phillips/WireImage/Getty Images]

Has Scottish blood, is blonde, has some deep crags, can often be seen on TV. Sound familiar?

Ewan McGregor

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Shares with Ramsay a Scottish background and a kind of wide nose. Might be a little too young and a little too happy looking.

Daniel Craig

[Photo: Mike Pont/FilmMagic]

Combining James Bond with Gordon Ramsay makes so much sense.

Chris Jericho

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This could be the movie acting break WWE star and noted Ramsay look-alike Chris Jericho needs. He's ready.

Young Mario Batali

Jonah Hill

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This guy exudes good vibes and a seems like the type who can appreciate the simple pleasure of an orange clog.

Rupert Grint

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May be too young and too British, but maybe by the time the film goes into production Grint will be ready to take this on.

Joe Lo Truglio

[Screengrab: Brooklyn Nine-Nine]

Already known to dress up as Batali. Easy choice.

· Marco Pierre White's Memoir to Become a Movie: Ridley Scott Options The Devil in the Kitchen [-E-]
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