Watch the Cast of "Masters of Doom" in These Other Shows and Movies

Watch the Cast of "Masters of Doom" in These Other Shows and Movies

If you've seen "American Vandal," you know which cast member is playing John Romero.

The early days of id Software provided great material for David Kusher's 2003 non-fiction book Masters of Doom, and now it might be adapted as a television show. A Masters of Doom pilot is in development at USA Network and has James and Dave Franco attached as executive producers. Joining the Francos on executive producing and writing duties is Tom Bissell (The Disaster Artist, Gears 5).

This week, Deadline reported that Bissell and the Francos have cast the Masters of Doom pilot's lead roles, including the show's takes on id's co-founders John Carmack, John Romero, and Tom Hall. If the pilot doesn't get picked up to series we may never see how they stack up against their real-life counterparts, but USgamer has dug through each cast member's IMDb profile and plucked out their highlight roles. Here's the Masters of Doom cast so far, and where you can watch some of their best work:

John Carmack—Patrick Gibson of The OA

If you haven't watched Netflix's incredibly strange series The OA, then be warned: a lot of people love the show so much that large groups have done interpretive dance flash mobs to protest the show's cancellation. By extension, that makes Patrick Gibson's character Steve Gibson something of a real life cult figure. Come to think of it, that isn't a bad energy to bring to portraying genius programmer, rocketry expert, and current Oculus CTO John Carmack.

John Romero—Eduardo Franco of American Vandal

It would be a crime to cast someone as John Romero who needed a wig to match Romero's flowing hair, and thank goodness the show hasn't. In the first season of American Vandal—another Netflix show canceled before its time—Eduardo Franco plays Spencer Diaz. Diaz is a friend of Dylan Maxwell, the focus of the show's juvenile true crime mockumentary format. Franco gets one of the season's funniest gross-out lines, but stands out even in the backgrounds of scenes because of his perfect, totally Romero hair.

Tom Hall—John Karna of Valley of the Boom

If the Masters of Doom follows the early arc the book slots Tom Hall's history into, then John Karna will have his work cut out for him. In Kusher's telling of id's history, Hall goes from the company's resident giddy goofball to a depressed developer at odds with Carmack and Romero's vision for Doom, which leads them to force Hall out of the company. For Karna, playing a tech genius in a room full of equally and intimidating intellects shouldn't be too hard after his Valley of the Boom role: Netscape co-founder and VC juggernaut Marc Andreessen.

Stevie Case—Siobhan Williams of Deadly Class

Casting Williams as Case for the pilot is a bit of a head-scratcher, as Case didn't enter id's orbit until around 1997, when she beat John Romero in a public Quake deathmatch challenge. Case played Quake professionally for a time and went on to work in various design and production roles in the games industry. Deadly Class was something of a dark comedy, which may help Williams nail Case's sense of humor (which was recently on display when Case learned about her new fictionalized counterpart).

Hannah Romero—Jane Ackermann of Neptune

Speaking of creative liberties, Hannah Romero isn't a real person. The Deadline report says Hannah is John Romero's wife, which... is one heck of a liberty alright. Jane Ackermann doesn't have many acting credits to her name, but she did star in the 2015 indie film Neptune.

Al Vekovius—Peter Friedmann of Succession

Al Vekovius was one of the founders of Softdisk, the software company where Romero, Carmack, and Hall first met. Since Vekovius will be a recurring role if the show is picked up, perhaps he'll be depicted as a sort of mentor figure for the young folks of id. Friedmann will probably nail whatever they throw at him because he's so good on Succession. Everyone's good on Succession. Seriously, just go watch it.

Photo credits: Eduardo Franco "John Romero Interview" by Jason "Textfiles" Scott is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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