As reported by The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, work has begun on a reboot of the 90’s cult classic Starship Troopers. While the film struggled at the box office during its release, it has since grown to be seen as one of the best action blockbusters of the 1990’s. With the franchise set for a return to the big screen once more, we take a look at where the cast and crew of this popular flick went after the 1997 film.
10. Jake Busey – Ace Levy
The same year he appeared in Troopers, Busey played the villain in the Jodie Foster led sci-fi drama Contact. The year before he’d haunted Michael J. Fox in The Frighteners. Since then he’s starred in the horror thriller Identity, Roadhouse 2: Last Call, and played the president of the United States in Alongside Night. Most recently, he’s enjoyed a stint as a recurring character on the From Dusk till Dawn TV series.
9. Dina Meyer – Dizzy Flores
Meyer had an interesting career before appearing in Starship Troopers, and has continued to have one since. She starred on Beverly Hills, 90210 until 1994, starred alongside Keanu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonic in 1995, and appeared in DragonHeart in 1996. She later starred as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the 2002 live action Birds of Prey series, appeared in the first four Saw films, and more recently appeared in the Crackle original drama Sequestered.
8. Seth Gilliam – Sugar Watkins
Since the late 90’s/early 2000’s, Gilliam has enjoyed a steady stream of television roles. From 1999-2001 he starred in the respected HBO show Oz, from 2002-2008 he starred in The Wire, and he’s had a small stint on both Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well as the original flagship series. In recent years he’s had recurring roles on both The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf.
7. Clancy Brown – Sgt. Zim
Clancy Brown is an actor you might not see in a lot of films, but you’ve certainly heard his voice. While he’s had notable appearances in films like The Shawshank Redemption, Flubber, and The Hurricane, you’re more likely to know him for his voice acting. He’s provided the voice of Mr. Krabs in Spongebob Squarepants, Lex Luthor in numerous DC related projects, and Red Hulk in Red Hulk and the Agents of Smash. His IMDB page lists his involvement in over 250 projects, both animated and live-action, so chances are you’ve seen or heard him in something outside of Starship Troopers.
6. Michael Ironside – Jean Rasczak
Ironside is well known for his serious and authoritative demeanor from films like Top Gun, Total Recall, and this 1997 classic. With a career dating back to the late 70’s, he’s remained busy throughout the years with a mixture of live-action and voice acting roles. With the latter, he’s perhaps best known for providing the voice of Sam Fischer in the highly popular Splinter Cell series.
5. Denise Richards – Lt. Carmen Ibanez
Richards did not have a particularly prolific career prior to appearing in this flick. Following her participation in this classic though, she starred along Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, and Kevin Bacon in the erotic thriller Wild Things, she was one of the Bond babes in the Pierce Brosnan led The World is Not Enough, and appeared in Scary Movie 3, alongside her husband at the time, Charlie Sheen. Following her divorce from Sheen, she had her own reality show called Denise Richards: It’s Complicated on E!
4. Neil Patrick Harris – Carl Jenkins
Harris has arguably had the most prolific career following his appearance in Starship Troopers. The former child star appeared as fan favorite Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, starred as himself in the Harold and Kumar series, and starred as the titular character in Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. He has also become an avid voice actor, providing the voice of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in 2003’s Spider-Man, Veteran Child in the Saints Row videogame series, and Dr. Blowhole in the Penguins of Madagascar series.
3. Edward Neumeier – Screenwriter
Neumeier first made a name for himself in 1987 with the script for RoboCop. After reuniting with director Paul Verhoeven for this 1997 classic, Neumeier’s career has mainly involved low-grade B films such as Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. He provided the script for both Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation in 2004, and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder in 2008. He also penned the script for the RoboCop remake in 2014.
2. Casper Van Dien – Johnny Rico
Casper has had a continuous career after Starship Troopers, though it’s hardly been a prolific one. He starred as the titular character in 1998’s Tarzan and the Lost City, had a top-billed part in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, and returned to the Troopers franchise in 2008’s Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. In recent years, he’s appeared in the popular show Con Man, participated in the Showdown in Manila, defended the world from the Ratpocalypse, and received help from Army Dog.
1.Paul Verhoeven – Director
Verhoeven is responsible for several landmark titles in cinema. In 1987 he made a grand entrance onto the Hollywood scene with RoboCop, before building on his success with Total Recall in 1990, and Basic Instinct in 1992. After Starship Troopers, he directed the often forgotten Kevin Bacon flick Hollow Man, before returning to Europe to direct the war thriller Black Book and the drama Tricked. His last movie, Elle, was released this year.