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message 1: by Alexander (last edited Aug 12, 2014 06:07PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Alexander (technogoth) | 171 comments As an off shoot of the pictures of Ambrose Thread, which is an off shoot of the ReReaders thread and because I don't think I've seen it done for any recent book picks and not at all because I was procrastinating. I thought it would be fun to see who people cast in a Name of the wind film.

My main picks are as follows:

Kvothe (Brad Pitt)

Denna (Emma Stone)

Auri (Lily Cole)

Fela (Megan Fox)

Devi (Scarlett Johansson)

Elodin (Jack Nicholson)

Hemme (Christopher Lee)

Ambrose (Jedward)

The Draccus (Not to scale, special effects to be added in post)

message 2: by Jack (last edited Aug 14, 2014 01:11AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jack (readerreborn) What about Callum Blue for Elodin?


Kvothe? How about Thomas Brodie-Sangster?


Icelord | 35 comments Kvote: Carrot Top -- partly because of the red hair and partly because of the whole unreliable narrator theme that's going on throughout the book.

Otherwise, I'm fine with Alexander's other picks...

message 4: by Bennim (last edited Aug 19, 2014 02:47PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bennim | 6 comments I read somewhere that Dylan Moran should play Elodin and couldn't agree more!
Most people probably know him from Shaun of the Dead, but only people that have seen Black Books will understand how perfect he is.


And Devi i pictured as Rose Leslie, because Kvote also knows nothing…


message 5: by Ben (last edited Aug 21, 2014 01:32AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ben (bennewton_1) Here's some of my casting ideas. I consulted some of the descriptions from Kingkiller Wiki to help match them up with what I had pictured while reading.

For Kvothe, I haven't actually seen any of his movies but I'm casting Ansel Elgort based on seeing him interviewed on The Tonight Show and Conan:

She's probably a little bit young but for Devi I see a short-haired Chloe Moretz:

For Denna, how about soon-to-be star of Star Wars Episode VII, Daisy Ridley:

Auri is 100% Saorise Ronan:

And how about a less-Sansa-ish and dark-haired Sophie Turner for Fela?

Jack (readerreborn) Dylan Moran +1

Cynthia Castaldo | 7 comments I love a lot of these suggestions, especially the Devi ones, and I would like to add Ian Somerhalder as Bast. :)

message 8: by Bennim (last edited Aug 22, 2014 11:45AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bennim | 6 comments I almost forgot, Abenthy must be played by Stephen Fry!

Stephen Fry

I would be OK with Ian Somerhalder as Bast, but only because Martin Short is to old…

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Leland (lelandhw) I love Dylan Moran. I don't care what he's in. :)

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Cappy (cappy_gmac) | 25 comments Chuck Norris as kote, Rupert Grint (Ron weasley) as kvothe

I always pictured Johnny depp as Elodin.

Jules | 7 comments Seth Green!! With beard as Kote, without beard as Kvothe.

Jasper (jasperpeng) | 17 comments Alrighty here's mine!

KVOTHE - Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII)
- unruly, bright red hair
- green eyes
- slender fingers
- middling height
- witty, curious, arrogant

DENNA - Olivia Thirlby (Dredd, Juno)
- long, straight, dark hair
- dark eye color
- fair complexion
- oval face, strong but delicate jaw
- perfect ears
- charming, independent, ambitious, poised

BAST - Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!, Captain America: the First Avenger)
- dark and charming
- quick smile
- cunning blue eyes
- sharp, delicate
- is actually a fae with completely blue eyeballs and cloven hooves

AURI - Elle Fanning (Maleficent, War of the Worlds)
long, thin, floaty blonde hair
- delicate, petite frame
- proper manners
- gentle, sneaky, child-like, protective

message 13: by Ben (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ben (bennewton_1) I like your picks Jasper, even if they are aged up a bit. Domnhall Gleeson certainly looks the part and Olivia Thirlby is an inspired choice for Denna.

Paolo Anyone think NotW will be on film or TV in the future though? If so, how long maybe before we see it?

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Joseph | 2330 comments

Not quite sure which role -- it's been a while since I read the book -- but I'm pretty sure Ruth Wilson (Alice from Luther) belongs in the discussion.

John Honaker | 1 comments Ruth Wilson is definitely Devi or Denna. I think she's very pretty, but not pretty enough for Denna though.

Paolo She would make a great Devi.

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Bill | 105 comments She is too old for either in the first book. They are supposed to be teenagers.

Paolo That never stopped Hollywood :p (but point taken)

Alexander (technogoth) | 171 comments Are they teenagers? Aren't most the students at the university in their twenties?

Kvothe is only about 15 but I'm sure it says somewhere that that most don't even apply until at least 20 and I think Ben says 17 is about the youngest the university typically lets in.

message 21: by Bill (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bill | 105 comments Good points. Denna is said to be a year older than Kvothe. Devi is supposed to be at the most her early twenties. I couldn't find Fela's age but think she is 2 years older than Kvothe.

Ruth Wilson might be a good fit for Meluan Lackless from book 2.

message 22: by Belen (last edited Aug 26, 2014 12:28AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Belen (belu) | 30 comments This is how I imagine older Kvothe (or Kote) as Michael Fassbender.

message 23: by Alan (last edited Aug 27, 2014 08:41PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Alan | 534 comments While reading the book, Denna was totally Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's to me. The character is in a similar financial situation, with a similar coping strategy and the physical description even fits. I just can't think of a current actress who fits that image ...

Paolo Came upon this just now and remembered this thread:

Some good picks in there.

Hannah Murray as Auri = excellent.
Jim Broadbent as Count Threpe = yup!
Mark Strong as Haliax = yes because Mark Strong could play any villain.

message 25: by Evan (last edited Aug 31, 2014 12:54PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Evan (sampsom) | 7 comments Paolo wrote: "Came upon this just now and remembered this thread:

Some good picks in there.

Hannah Murray as Auri = excellent.
Jim Broadbent as Count Threpe = yup!

I've seen this before and I definitely think Eddie Redmayne would make a good Kvothe. I also liked the idea of Paul Bettany as the Chronicler!

Paolo Casting here on this link is pretty brilliant as well:

Say... what IS the latest news about the possible TV series?

message 27: by Franziska (last edited Apr 27, 2015 02:55PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Franziska | 1 comments Has the casting started? When will the series be filmed?
I casted several options:

My choice:
Kvothe: Cameron Monaghan /Caleb Landry Jones /Evan Peters
Kote: Cillian Murphy
Denna: Ella Purnell/ Emma Watson
Devi: kaya scodelario/ Jessica Parker Kennedy
Auri: Samantha Weinstein / Saoirse Ronan
Bast: Dominic Cooper
Felurian - Summer Glau
Fela: alanna masterson
Will: Alfred Enoch
Ambrose: Matt Smith / Sam Heughan
Cinder: Paul Bettany
Vashet -Lea Seydoux
Carceret: Tabrett Bethell
Elodin: Benedict Cumberbatch

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