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message 1: by Heidi (last edited Apr 12, 2012 12:58PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Heidi Is it just me, or does anyone else play the "this actor would be perfect for Dresden" game? If you could make your own cast, who would be your picks for the roles?

I sometimes picture George Clooney or Edward Norton as Marcone. More so Norton.


message 2: by alansplace (last edited Apr 15, 2012 07:54AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

alansplace Check out this thread on Mobilereads:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/show...

here are the points that i noticed when harry described himself in the novels:

dark hair
dark eyes set deep
severe brows
hawkish nose
sharp chin
long face
high cheekbones
straight slash mouth
angular jaw
over six and a half feet tall
lean, thin physique

and is probably why jeff goldblum sprang into my mind when imagining harry's appearance. Here is my cast:

jeff goldblum as harry dresden
kristan bell as karrin murphy
anne hathaway as susan rodreguez
molly quinn as molly carpenter
jon bon jovi as thomas raith
liam neeson as donald morgan
willie garson as waldo butters
John Corbett as michael carpenter
Charlize Theron as charity carpenterr
armin shimerman as mortimer lindquist
alex o'loughlin as jared kincaid
michael dorn as sanya
molly burnett as georgia borden
reggie willits as billy borden
richard burgi as johnny marcone
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Alan


message 3: by Meg (last edited Apr 16, 2012 02:33PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Meg Jeff Goldblum .... maybe 20 years ago, but the guy is 60 now so.... *shrugs*

But this was a fun exercise. I'm always pretty fascinated by all the different choices people come up with -- good topic!

Those I came up with:

Harry Dresden -- Jared Padelecki, (6'4", 30) -- yeah, yeah, he's hopelessly associated with Supernatural, but as he gets older, his performances are more mature and his features have started losing that 'boy' look.
Karrin Murphy -- Reese Witherspoon, (5'1", 36)
Susan Rodrigues -- Alice Braga (29)
Thomas Raith -- Kit Harington (26)
Michael Carpenter -- Hugh Jackman (44)
Charity Carpenter -- Maria Bellows (45)
Molly Carpenter -- Abigail Breslin (18)
Morgan -- Sean Bean (53)
Butters -- Jesse Eisenburg (29)
Johnny Marcone -- Kevin Spacey (53)

Addendum: I tend to lose patience with fans who shriek bloody murder when an actor doesn't "look" exactly like a book's description. Case in point... when Daniel Radcliffe was hired to play Harry Potter. Some fans of the books TO THIS DAY grumble over the fact the actor didn't have green eyes. Sheesh. It's more important that an actor embody the 'spirit' of a character, not his exact vitals and underwear size. Nuff said.


Heidi With that being said, i wasn't happy with who they picked to play as Karrin Murphy on the TV series. At LEAST make her a blonde.


Beth Trying to cast they fey without fans complaining would be a nightmare. Universal beauty? Yikes.


message 6: by Heidi (last edited Apr 18, 2012 01:05PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Heidi I think Liv Tyler could play off the fairy godmother. I don't know about her acting ability, I've never seen her having Mab qualities. She always plays someone nice.


message 7: by Heidi (last edited Apr 26, 2012 02:12PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Heidi Heres my pics:

Harry Dresden- Matthew Goode or Matthew Fox (Lost)
Karrin Murphy- Drew Berrymore or Michelle Williams
Susan Rodriguez- Mila Kunis (is it me or do I remember Susan being described as having darker skin?)
Thomas- Chris Evans
Justine-Jennifer Lawrence
Johny Marcone-Edward Norton
Morgan- Chuck Norris
Mac- Woody Harrelson
Butters-C.S. Lee


Beth I picture several different actors in the roles of some of the main characters. For example, if Karrin was 27 or so in Storm Front, she would be about 40 in Ghost Story. That's a totally different ball park of actresses for that age gap.


Stephanie I don't really picture them as actors I know. I've made them up in my head. Except for Morgan. I always see him as Ron Perlman. I don't know why, but I can picture him in the cape, and everything. No one else has popped into my head like that. I aggree that Liv Tyler would be good as one of the Fey, but I see her more as Lily. And no matter how many times the books tell me Thomas has dark hair, I always picture him with blonde, almost white hair. It's weird...


message 10: by C (new) - rated it 5 stars

C Jason I've pictured Zachary Levi (Chuck) as Dresdon for some time now.


Heather I tried to pick people who were not 'well known' for a particular role although there were a couple over flows in that regard.

Harry Dresden- Alexander Skaarsgard (mostly because he's a decent actor and has the height)
Bob- Terrence Mann
Murphy- Sarah Jones
Kinkaide- Thomas Jane
Ivy- Tessa Allen
Thomas- Matt Bomer
Lara-Selma Blair
Marcone- Ray Liotta
Mac- Sean Patrick Flannery
Billy- Andrew Lee Potts
Maeve- Soarise Ronan
Lily- Felicia Day
Sanya- Mos Def
Ebenezer McCoy- Ron Perlman
Susan- Alice Braga
Butters- Alan Tudyk
Morgan- Harry Lenix
Molly- Leelee Sobieski
Michael- Sean Bean
Lucio (older)- Marisa Tomei

there were definitely people i skipped over because i couldn't think of anyone.


Shanna Harry- Eric Balfour or Adrian Brody
I always picture Susan as African American perhaps Kerry Washington.

Ebenezer- Anthony Hopkins
Thomas Raith- Orlando Bloom maybe
I like Ray Liotta for Marcone
Lara- Angelina Jolie


Stephanie Oooo! I really like Adrian Brody for Hary, and Anthony Hopkins for Ebenezer. I think the Angeline as Lara could work too. I will never read these books the same again after this discussion :)


message 14: by Deanne (last edited Apr 25, 2012 05:49AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Deanne Chapman I see Susan as Eva Longoria, and Molly as Pauley Parrette(I know she is too old to play her, but she is who I see when I read her parts). I like the idea of Matthew Fox as Harry. I don't know about Thomas. Too difficult!


Shanna Lara just has to ooze sex so Angelina. It's Adrian Brody's face I see when I read, but Eric Balfour is sooo hot


Heidi I'd have to agree, I think Adrian Brody would be perfect for Dresden. Though I think Balfour would HAVE to be Thomas then.


Shanna Lea - Monica Bellucci

Murphy - Sarah Jones from Alcatraz


message 18: by Richard (last edited May 14, 2012 10:40AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Richard Short, stocky, athletic, cute, blonde looks more like a cheerleader than a cop? I've always pictured Katee Sackhoff as Lt Murphy. I'd go with Michelle Rodriguez as Susan. There have been several interesting suggestions for Molly Carpenter, I'd choose Quinn over Breslin but either would be great. Haven't really thought about the others. I saw the tv show 1st & really liked the performances that cast gave.


Julie Williamson Alcide from "True Blood" (Joseph Manganiello) as Harry.


message 20: by Mark (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mark Paul Blackthorne would remain my choice for the part of Harry Dresden.


Shanna Julie wrote: "Alcide from "True Blood" (Joseph Manganiello) as Harry."

OOoh yum, but he's just to big, muscle wise, for Harry he's (at least in my head) tall but not heavily muscled.


message 22: by Alan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Alan Wow does anyone pay attention to what molly looks like. At least ladder in the series when her character becomes a regular. They describe her as having the body of a pin up girl. And these little girls that are being suggested for her part just arnt cutting it.


message 23: by Tony (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tony "Butters- Alan Tudyk" Ok this is my favorite idea so far!


message 24: by Tony (last edited Jul 07, 2012 04:26PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tony Some of the ideas already on here are too good so I'm going to have to use them. :)

Dresden-I really cant think of someone to play Harry
Michael Carpenter-Andrew Lincoln (Rick from Walking Dead)
Charity Carpenter-Kinda stumped on this one...maybe Arlene Tur, Dr Juarez from Torchwood
Young Molly Carpenter-Maisie Williams (arya from game of thrones)
Young adult Molly- Mila Kunis
Susan Rodriguez-Jennifer Esposito
Thomas-John Barrowman
Justine-Emilia Clarke
Lara Raith-Christina Hendricks
Morgan-Gerard Butler
Butters-Nicholas Hoult (Beast in X-Men)
Ebenezar McCoy-Hugh Jackman
Leanansidhe-Lena Headey (Cersi from GOT)
Marcone-Tom Selleck(he could pull it off and I would liek to see him as a mob boss)
Hendricks-Christian Kane
Gard-Gwendoline Christie (Brienne from GOT)
Father Forthill-Ron Glass (yes...I just want to see Book back on screen)
Carlos Ramirez-Jon Huertas (Javier from Castle)
Old Luccio-Kate Burton
Young Luccio-Stana Katic (Becket from Castle)
Mac-Adam Baldwin (man of few words that grunts a lot in response to questions...just like Casey)
Eldest Gruff-Ron Pearlman
Cant think of any others right now...


Shanna I had a thought for Butters, Leonard from Big Bang Theory


message 26: by Maya (new) - rated it 4 stars

Maya Bohnhoff Jeff Goldblum as Harry? I'd plotz. Goldblum is fantastic, but a bit old for the part now. How about Jay Baruchel?


Heidi So I'm rereading the series again. And somehow came up with Liam Neeson as Morgan. Totally picture him playing Morgan perfectly.


message 28: by Maya (new) - rated it 4 stars

Maya Bohnhoff I know he's not tall enough, but I like Joe Flannigan for Harry (he's got the smartass part down), Morgan Shepherd as Ebenezar and Sarah Jones (of Alcatraz) as Murphy.

Adam Baldwin might make a great Kincaide if they used that storyline. Jeri Ryan for Susan

Clancy Brown as Michael, maybe.


message 29: by Heidi (last edited Aug 17, 2012 08:29PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Heidi Harry's got to pull off scary/transient looking dude dressed down and not too bad when cleaned up. And the first thing that comes to mind is when I worked for Starbucks there was a handsome man that would come in my line daily. He was always in a suit and tie, looked really good - geek chik. Like John Cusak but not him. Then one day he came in without the suit. Just a regular tshirt and that was the first time I saw he had 2 full sleeves. Looked like a cross between rockabilly and geek and maybe a little bit scarey if you didn't know him. That's what I want Harry to have. It doesn't describe him as having tattoos - but I think he would have them. Am I crazy? Anyone else follow me? He would have sleeves of magic symbols, incantations, protection up and down his arms. That's how I picture him. It would certainly make more sense the reactions he gets from people who don't know him and are afraid or put off.


Arran I must admit i'd love a movie but i'd settle for them to drag most of the tv show cast in. Change morgan though he simply wasnt big enough. I'll even settle with bob being the ghost again. The tv show was great.


message 31: by MJ (new) - rated it 4 stars

MJ Mark wrote: "Paul Blackthorne would remain my choice for the part of Harry Dresden."

Yes, I enjoyed Paul's portrayal of Harry in the series!


message 32: by Ren (last edited Aug 18, 2012 09:56PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ren Thompson Okay, here's mine :)
Harry Dresden: Paul Blackthorne/Eric Bana/Zachary Quinto/Jared Padelecki
Karrin Murphy: Katie Sackhoff
Michael Carpenter: Sean Bean
Charity Carpenter: Kim Catrell (I think she can do it.)
Young Molly Carpenter: Chloe Moretz (because of her resemblance to Kim)
Young adult Molly: Camilla Belle (with blonde hair)
Susan Rodriguez: Michelle Rodriguez or Eva Mendes
Thomas: Jude Law
Justine: Emma Stone with red hair
Lara Raith: Angelina Jolie
Morgan: Michael Fassbender
Butters: Jack Black
Ebenezar McCoy: Anthony Hopkins
Leanansidhe:Julianne Moore
Mab: Charlize Theron
Maeve: Megan Fox
Marcone: Eric Roberts
Father Forthill: Mr. Hooper from Sesame Street. I'm telling my age here but that's who I picture :)
Carlos Ramirez: Wilmer Valderrama
Old Luccio: Kate Mulgrew
Young Luccio: Kate Beckinsale
Mac: Ron Pearlman
Sanya: Idris Elba (Only him!)
Kincaide: Jason Statham
Ivy: Young Dakota Fanning


message 33: by Dina (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dina I always check the pic front matter for books and start imagining the characters from that.

Based on Dresden Files covers, I'd say Guy Pearce was a perfect fit for Harry.


Patty Shanna wrote: "Harry- Eric Balfour or Adrian Brody
I always picture Susan as African American perhaps Kerry Washington.

Ebenezer- Anthony Hopkins
Thomas Raith- Orlando Bloom maybe
I like Ray Liotta for Marcone
L..."




when i first saw this post, i couldn't help but think of adrien brody as harry - he actually manages several different looks just by changing his hair, facial hair and weight, i think he would be perfect

the others i'm going to have to think about


Patty Heidi wrote: "I'd have to agree, I think Adrian Brody would be perfect for Dresden. Though I think Balfour would HAVE to be Thomas then."

i could live with that :)


message 36: by Shanna (last edited Aug 29, 2012 02:40PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Shanna Just live huh? :P


Patty Shanna wrote: "Just live huh? :P"

well, i didn't want to mention the drooling


Kathryn Doesn´t look anything like how Harry´s described, but when I read this, I saw Corey Taylor from Slipknot. As Harrys personality and attitude reminded me a lot of Coreys when I´ve heard/read him in interviews.


Shanna Patty wrote: "Shanna wrote: "Just live huh? :P"

well, i didn't want to mention the drooling"


Ah, yes, that is an unfortunate side effect... :P one I suffer from too :D


Ayesha I've been thinking about this all day. Here's my tentative casting call:

Harry: Adam Baldwin. I think he's got the comedic ability and can pull out a can of whup-ass as needed.

Susan: Salma Hayek. I was so upset that Susan in the tv series was played by blond woman. Her last name is Rogriguez for god's sake. Selma can pull off a tough as nails ace reporter, as well as sultry and vulnerable.

Karrin:: Katee Sackhoff. Come on. Need I explain?

Michael: This is a toughie for me. I'd love John Simms, since he personifies sincereity and righteousness to me. But, he doesn't have the build. So, reluctantly, I put forth Viggo Mortenson.

Charity: Portia Di Rossi. Ridiculously beautiful and can pull off fierce and powerful.

Molly:: Kaylee Cuoco. This is another difficult one. Physically, I think Kaylee is a perfect fit. But, Im not sure if she's got the acting chops for it.

Sanya: Dunno. I always picture Sanya with very dark skin. Someone said Idris Elba. He's a great actor, but Sanya's described as a young black man.

Shiro: I dunno. Anybody but Jackie Chan

Thomas: Mischa Collins, Zachary Quinto or Benedict Cumberbatch. I'd love to see Mischa Collins as Thomas, but, honestly, Benedict's probably the better choice.

Butters:: Alan Tudyk or Simon Pegg

Billy:: Sean Biggerstaff (I'm realize I'm picking a lot of brits, its not on purpose)

Marcone:: Ralph Fiennes. Becuase he can be suave, smooth and oh so dishonest.

Leanansidhe:: Christina Hendricks. The hair, the boobs, come on! I dare anyone to disagree!!!

Mab:: Angelina Jolie. Because I really don't like her.


Shanna Shiro yes anybody but Jackie Chan he'd just ruin it for me (no offence Jackie)
I love your choice in Christina Hendricks for Leanansidhe


Camilla I love this thread! :-)

I have to put my ultimate Harry out there: Since I've not read, but instead heard all the Dresden books, James Marsters IS Harry to me!
And his acting (remember Spike?!) is perfect in my mind to match Harry - very cool and strong, but at the same time a bit of a goof, but sweet :-)
I guess his age is not optimal (at least not for the first 5-6 books) and he's kinda short for Harry, but I think he'd be perfect :-)

And I hadn't thought of it until I saw it suggested here, but Katee Sackhoff is PERFECT for Murph! Just the right mix of tough, vulnerable and sexy :-)


Ayesha I've been thinking about this some more.

Anthony Mackie for Sanya!

He's not exactly what I imagine in my head, but he's a great actor.


Shanna Ayesha wrote: "I've been thinking about this some more.

Anthony Mackie for Sanya!

He's not exactly what I imagine in my head, but he's a great actor."


He's Sanya


Shanna Camilla wrote: "I love this thread! :-)

I have to put my ultimate Harry out there: Since I've not read, but instead heard all the Dresden books, James Marsters IS Harry to me!
And his acting (remember Spike?!) i..."


It's such a shame he's too short I think he'd be a great Harry too.


Angie ~aka Reading Machine~ Tony wrote: ""Butters- Alan Tudyk" Ok this is my favorite idea so far!"

Good call for Butters!


Amanda alansplace wrote: "Check out this thread on Mobilereads:

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here are the points that i noticed when harry described himself in the novels:

dark hair
dark eyes ..."



April Hugh Jackman = Harry Dresden... the end. ;)


Donna Camilla wrote: "I love this thread! :-)

I have to put my ultimate Harry out there: Since I've not read, but instead heard all the Dresden books, James Marsters IS Harry to me!
And his acting (remember Spike?!) i..."


I'm with you, Camilla. James is Harry for me, too. He's great as the narrator of the audio versions. He would also have to be Bob's voice.


Ulysses Here are my picks:

Dresden: Adrian Brody
Marcone: John Goodman / John Malkovitch (if we ignore stoutness)
Mab: Meryl Streep
Susan Rodriguez: Salma Hayek/Jennifer Lopez
Shiro: George Cheung / Chow Yun Fat / Danny Yen (with age makeup)
Sanya: Daniel Craig
Butters: Jonah Hill
Thomas: Orlando Bloom
Murphy: Pink
Kinkaide: Gerard Butler
Ivy: Dakota Fanning
Morgan: Mark Wahlberg
Molly: Natalie Portman (slightly older Molly)
Michael: Val Kilmer (if he can get back in shape)


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