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A.E. Hellstorm (aehellstorm) | 196 comments So, just out of curiosity, if your book was a film, which actors/actresses would play your lead characters?


message 2: by Charles (new)

Charles Hash | 1054 comments A lot of unknown but talented thespians from the UK with a wide range. :D

I know, it's not the answer you're looking for, but it is true.


message 3: by A.E. (new)

A.E. Hellstorm (aehellstorm) | 196 comments Haha, not the answer I'm looking for? I think that is a great choice, to be honest. :-)


message 4: by Quoleena (new)

Quoleena Sbrocca (qjsbrocca) Easy peasy:
Leigh - Natalie Portman
Harriet - Lupita Nyong'o
John - Benedict Cumberbach


message 5: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4281 comments Mod
A.E. wrote: "So, just out of curiosity, if your book was a film, which actors/actresses would play your lead characters?"

For the novel I'm working on, I'd have to go with unknowns, too.

A lot of times when I see a character in my mind, if they look like someone famous, it's they way the famous person looked many years ago. Example: Richard Deacon would be perfect for "Mr. Meeker", except he's been dead for thirty years.


message 6: by A.E. (new)

A.E. Hellstorm (aehellstorm) | 196 comments Quoleena wrote: "Easy peasy:
Leigh - Natalie Portman
Harriet - Lupita Nyong'o
John - Benedict Cumberbach"


Heh, funny that. In my mind, one of my characters, Carl, is a young Robert Redford, but this very night I dreamt that Benedict Cumberbatch played him. I checked the photos, and lo and behold, they actually do share some similar looks. :-)


message 7: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) I have no idea who actors under 40 are these days unless they were in a Harry Potter movie or are Jennifer Lawrence. Plus, if I'm going to dreamcast and still be exclusively indie, I'm going to need unknown actors, but also stipulate an unknown female director regardless of which book was to become a movie.


message 8: by C.B., Beach Body Moderator (new)

C.B. Archer | 1090 comments Mod
My book isn't going to be a film... It is going to be an HBO series.

Hey dream big right?


message 9: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) However...

I will demand Charles Barkley take up acting to play the character of Hugh from Eyes. I can't think of anyone who could pull off loveable obnoxious jerk like he can.


message 10: by A.E. (new)

A.E. Hellstorm (aehellstorm) | 196 comments CB wrote: "My book isn't going to be a film... It is going to be an HBO series.

Hey dream big right?"


Absolutely. And, oh, I'd like an HBO series too... :-D


message 11: by Charles (new)

Charles Hash | 1054 comments Christina wrote: "However...

I will demand Charles Barkley take up acting to play the character of Hugh from Eyes. I can't think of anyone who could pull off loveable obnoxious jerk like he can."


What a coincidence! I want Charles Barkley to play Vorcia. :D


message 12: by Kay (new)

Kay Botha | 31 comments For my upcoming novel... Not an easy one, as my protagonist is a young Native American, and I've been looking for an actress forever to use as inspiration.


message 13: by Iffix (new)

Iffix Santaph | 324 comments This took a little while. I wanted the entire list.

(Young voices)
Jendra: Bella Thorne
Leon: Jay Baruchel
Toby: Max Charles

Amnesia: Elizabeth Olsen
Grisham: Gerard Butler
Aniela: Lana Parrilla
Kalysta: Angelina Jolie
Jasper: Chris Pine
Wimbly: Ahmed Best

(These all had to have a raspy voice.)
Gavyn: Liam Nieson
Jarvik: Will Arnett
Beltros: Bill Paxton

Various robots: Ving Rhames

That should be all of them.


message 14: by C.B., Beach Body Moderator (new)

C.B. Archer | 1090 comments Mod
I enjoyed the phrase "Various Robots: Ving Rhames" more than I care to admit.


message 15: by Iffix (new)

Iffix Santaph | 324 comments Hey, he's just got that deep voice that I think would have been CRAZY if it had a bit of synthesizer to it. (Limited of course. But I still think it would be fun.)


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Jenycka Wolfe (jenyckawolfe) | 301 comments Well, if my books were film it would be porn, but as long as we're dreaming....

Wildlanders' Woman
Blaise: Michael Fassbender
Killian: Jamie Campbell Bower
Jodah: Tom Mison
Daven: Allan Hawco
Ava: Kristin Kreuk

Wildlanders' Hope
Niomi: Rachel McAdams
Rustan: Henry Cavill
Dack: Charlie Hunnam
Saber: Richard Armitage

Arcadian's Balm
Lorien: Kate Upton
Gevaril: Aidan Turner
Tomis: Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Cale: Taylor Kitsch


message 17: by C.B., Beach Body Moderator (new)

C.B. Archer | 1090 comments Mod
Iffix wrote: "Hey, he's just got that deep voice that I think would have been CRAZY if it had a bit of synthesizer to it. (Limited of course. But I still think it would be fun.)"

The list of characters which could be from any genre and then the sudden splash of robots! It was amazing. :D


message 18: by Pavan (new)

Pavan Kaur (pavankaur) | 89 comments I think I would like mine to be a HBO series too lol but if it was a film,
Kim - Lucy Hale
Nick - Jonathan Rhys Meyers


message 19: by Owen (last edited May 04, 2015 02:09AM) (new)

Owen O'Neill (owen_r_oneill) | 1509 comments Since we are writing a series, it would have to be an HBO series -- but not on HBO, since I'm afraid they'd mess it up. And unfortunately, I hardly know any actors since the time Robert Redford was young. (I thought some now-famous Brit actor with an unusual name -- Cumber-something? -- was a Harry Potter character.)

Anyway, two I do know (and like) are Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, whom we like for our MC, except our MC is 20, and by the time we sell this series to someone, she'd probably be 40, which may of may not be an issue. The other is Eva Green, who has no evident role, but we'd love to have anyway.

The only male actors I can think of right now that I like (and are still alive) are Liam Neeson, Ciaren Hinds, and Stephen Rhea. None of them fit any of our characters very well, except maybe Liam Neeson.

So we'd have to go with unknowns as well. And there is a female director out there that seemed right for the projects, if I could only recall her name.

PS: If I could find a role for Jim Broadbent, I would.


message 20: by Owen (new)

Owen O'Neill (owen_r_oneill) | 1509 comments Jenycka wrote: "Well, if my books were film it would be porn, but as long as we're dreaming....

Wildlanders' Woman
Blaise: Michael Fassbender
Killian: Jamie Campbell Bower
Jodah: Tom Mison
Daven: Allan Hawco
Ava:..."


Never heard of these people. Off to search! ;-)


message 21: by Owen (new)

Owen O'Neill (owen_r_oneill) | 1509 comments Christina wrote: "However...

I will demand Charles Barkley take up acting to play the character of Hugh from Eyes. I can't think of anyone who could pull off loveable obnoxious jerk like he can."


Glad to see you and Charles looking out for Mr. Barkley's welfare. ;-)


message 22: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Eyre (rachaeleyre) | 192 comments I can't think of an entire cast list, sadly, but there are a few actors who I think are ideally suited for certain roles. I've always thought Maxine Peak would make a terrific Rose in Rose Grubb, with possibly Dervla Kirwen as Frances. The Governess would be the hardest to cast - Anna Madeley would have been perfect as Benny a few years ago, but she's too old to play her now.

I'd love Hugh Jackman to be the hero of my current story, but don't know if he'd be up for lots of explicit gay sex scenes. Otherwise I'd like the work to go to lots of talented unknowns - Benedict Cumberbatch can't appear in every British film ever made!


message 23: by Amy (new)

Amy Spitzfaden | 3 comments I've been having a really hard time figuring that out! Right now, I think Mae Whitman would do an amazing job as my MC. Zach Efron for one of the guys. Not sure about my other two MCs though...


message 24: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments I have two answers to the OP. The first is which actors I'd like to be in it.

The answer to that is pretty much:

Charles wrote: "A lot of unknown but talented thespians from the UK with a wide range."

Only they wouldn't have to be from the UK. They could be from the US, Russia, Africa, S. America, China, Australia...wherever. And I wouldn't really require them to be trained thespians, or have a wide range. What I'd be looking for is authenticity. That is, the ability to appear NOT to be acting in their given role.

Being unknown would be a requirement, though, because as soon as you stick a "star" into a role, they have to be a 100x better actor in order to get me to forget they're the actor and see them as the character. George Clooney will always, always be George Clooney to me, no matter who he's playing. I just can't see past the star recognition thing.

ANYWAY...and unfortunately, the other way to answer the OP is the "wake up and smell the coffee" way. It goes like this:

Authors who sell the rights to their books have virtually no chance of influencing the casting of the film. You'll get stuck with whatever Hollywood bozo the production team can hire, probably someone totally wrong for the part but whom they think will be a "box office draw."

Tough luck, author. Take the money and run.


message 25: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments ...Also, I'd like to add that most of my main characters are not young, beautiful models. Most of them are more or less Everyperson. I prefer not so young, not so attractive characters who are pretty much the average person in their setting. Though, because I'm writing SF, "the average person in their setting" can often times be...strange (by reality's standards).


message 26: by Owen (new)

Owen O'Neill (owen_r_oneill) | 1509 comments Micah wrote: "Tough luck, author. Take the money and run."

Yep! And for the right price, I certainly would, as far as film rights go. Rights to ebooks and print? Not for sale at any price.


message 27: by Ken (last edited May 04, 2015 07:23AM) (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) It would seem that most of the actors I'd want are dead--Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen...

Gary Cooper would've been perfect for a film of my first novel, playing the main character of course, and in fact I had him in mind when I wrote it.

It's funny that in the 1950 movie, "The Day The Earth Stood Still," Spencer Tracy wanted to play the alien. Although it would have guaranteed the movie as a box-office hit, the producers went with Michael Rennie instead, a virtual unknown. "How would it look," they said, "if a flying saucer landed and Spencer Tracy got out? Everybody would say, 'Hey, that's Spencer Tracy!' Everybody knows him." Good move; it would have ruined the effect, and possibly the movie. Michael Rennie even looked alien.


message 28: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments Ken wrote: "It would seem that most of the actors I'd want are dead--Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen..."

Ha! I'm with you. But in my case, it's the actor I'd really like for doing the audio version of one of my novellas. I'm a fan of the old radio show Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (the man with the action packed expense account!).

Bob Bailey is totally the voice of the main character from The Cut-Up Man.

https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Your...


message 29: by Iffix (new)

Iffix Santaph | 324 comments CB wrote: "The list of characters which could be from any genre and then the sudden splash of robots! It was amazing. :D
"


Ah, yeah. I probably could have prefaced that with "This is an autobiography. I have a very interesting life." :P


message 30: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) Charles wrote: "What a coincidence! I want Charles Barkley to play Vorcia. :D"

He can pull it off:

https://youtu.be/fNqYAH3W24o


message 31: by Iffix (new)

Iffix Santaph | 324 comments BEST COMMERCIAL EVER!!! (Okay, Charles Barkley is definitely now going on my list somewhere. Think he'd play my princess character?) :P


message 32: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4281 comments Mod
Micah wrote: "...Also, I'd like to add that most of my main characters are not young, beautiful models."

That and what you mentioned earlier about authors having little say over casting or other decisions about the movie make me not super-excited about ever having my books made into movies.

The novel I am working on is about a group of teenagers, ordinary, average, Midwestern teenagers. They are not all Hollywood pretty. I would not want typical "models" in my movies.

Also, years ago, seeing what Hollywood did, turning a wonderful novel ("A Prayer For Owen Meany") into a Hollywood crap fest ("Simon Birch") convinced me that I would not ever want a movie made of my books or stories, unless they were done by a smaller studio not hell bent on making the next blockbuster.


message 33: by C.B., Beach Body Moderator (new)

C.B. Archer | 1090 comments Mod
My novels are porny as well. That is why it needs to be an HBO series. They are all about the subtle ... and not so subtle... sexyness!


message 34: by Igzy (new)

Igzy Dewitt (IgzyDewitt) | 148 comments I'd steal the cast from The Almighty Johnsons, and aload of other unrecognized Kiwi talent, and write in characters just to get them on screen.


message 35: by Jim (new)

Jim Oddly enough, a producer I know read my novel a couple weeks ago and just contacted me this past weekend. He thinks the book would make a great series. I think it would too! Anyway, he's gonna see what he can do to get it off the ground. I've been a screenwriter here in L.A. for 20+ years and know how these things can go, so I'm not getting any hopes up. But hey, ya never know, right? Keep your fingers crossed, gang! Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen


message 36: by Jenycka (new)

Jenycka Wolfe (jenyckawolfe) | 301 comments Micah wrote: "Authors who sell the rights to their books have virtually no chance of influencing the casting of the film "

Of course, but isn't it fun to think about who you would want anyhow?


message 37: by Iffix (new)

Iffix Santaph | 324 comments Wow Jim! Just wow.


message 38: by Jenycka (new)

Jenycka Wolfe (jenyckawolfe) | 301 comments Owen wrote: "Never heard of these people. Off to search! ;-)
"


Tsk... Americans.

j/k

Most of my list is either Canadian or British actors. Seeing as how there was a princess born this weekend, I'm feeling particularly enamoured of the Commonwealth these days.


message 39: by Ken (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) Dwayne wrote: "Micah wrote: "...Also, I'd like to add that most of my main characters are not young, beautiful models."

That and what you mentioned earlier about authors having little say over casting or other d..."


Aaaay! If they want to pay me for the rights to any of my stories they can do whatever they want. I can make it longer if they like the style, I can change it 'round...

Waiting for for a call from Steven Spielberg--Hey, Stevie baby! Let's do lunch... https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=17&am...


message 40: by Marcelle (new)

Marcelle Cooper | 7 comments If my book were made into a movie, I feel it could only be done well if it was animated. That being said, I'd have to do at least one voice myself. That'd probably be Jorah (Sufoh's giant wolf). I'd also like to see Sufoh voiced by Billy Crudup.


message 41: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) Jenycka wrote: "Owen wrote: "Never heard of these people. Off to search! ;-)
"

Tsk... Americans.

j/k

Most of my list is either Canadian or British actors. Seeing as how there was a princess born this weekend, I..."



I think it says more about our age than nationality. I can't remember the last movie I saw in the theater. :)


message 42: by Ken (last edited May 04, 2015 01:07PM) (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) Christina wrote: "I think it says more about our age than nationality. I can't remember the last movie I saw in the theater. :)..."

I do. It was "Who framed Roger Rabbit," and the only reason I went was because I had a date, and it was the best movie playing. Much easier to wait until the movie comes out on DVD or plays on TV.


message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

If my upcoming novella was a movie:
Henry Cavill would play the main charachter, Jake Evans. Meagan Good would be his sweetheart, Sabina James. Edward Norton will be the villain, Roger Evans.


message 44: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments Jenycka wrote: "Micah wrote: "Authors who sell the rights to their books have virtually no chance of influencing the casting of the film "

Of course, but isn't it fun to think about who you would want anyhow?"


Not really. I despise most actors. Not for who they are or what they do, but for the simple fact that we cannot get away from them.


message 45: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments Ken wrote: "Aaaay! If they want to pay me for the rights to any of my stories they can do whatever they want."

When did I ever say that I wouldn't whore my work if they came begging for it?

Just because I know it would suck wouldn't stop me takin' duh money.

It's not hypocrisy, it's...pragmatism.


message 46: by Micah (last edited May 04, 2015 01:40PM) (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments Jenycka wrote: "Owen wrote: "Never heard of these people..."

I'm in the same boat, but honestly I've always been like that. Who plays so-and-so in such-n-such. **shrug**

Actually, I often play "who's that actor" with my wife when we watch UK TV. But we don't know the actors' names. We just go..."Oh! Who's that guy!" "Oh yeah...he played one of the Timpsons in Rumpole of the Old Bailey...Cyril Timpson, that's him!"


message 47: by Micah (last edited May 04, 2015 01:45PM) (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments Dwayne wrote: "Also, years ago, seeing what Hollywood did, turning a wonderful novel ("A Prayer For Owen Meany") into a Hollywood crap fest ("Simon Birch") convinced me that I would not ever want a movie made of my books or stories..."

I was an early bloomer. When I was a kid my dad used to read Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame) to me and my brother every Christmas.

So when they released the film based on the novel in '68 (I was 10), I was chuffed...Until about 5 minutes into the movie. I was absolutely appalled! I never trusted movies again. Not where book adaptations are concerned. I've almost always been vindicated in that lack of trust.


message 48: by Ken (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) Micah wrote: "Ken wrote: "Aaaay! If they want to pay me for the rights to any of my stories they can do whatever they want."

When did I ever say that I wouldn't whore my work if they came begging for it?

Just ..."


I was responding to Dwayne's post, as he was responding to yours.


message 49: by S. (new)

S. Rivera (sjacksonrivera) | 23 comments Funny! I think about this way too much. I don't know enough young actors so I find myself saying things like, "Paul would be a young Paul Walker, or Kael would be a young Heath ledger" (I know, both are no longer with us--insert sad face)

It isn't just my own books I'm constantly trying to put a face to. I started a board on Pinterest called, "If that book ever got made into a movie"


message 50: by Charles (new)

Charles Hash | 1054 comments Christina wrote: "Charles wrote: "What a coincidence! I want Charles Barkley to play Vorcia. :D"

He can pull it off:

https://youtu.be/fNqYAH3W24o"


Yep. Perfect.

Now if I can just get Gilbert Gottfried to play Rhylie...


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