Today I'm taking part in Lindz Pagel's Now Starring Blogfest, where you get to cast your WIP characters and imagine they are starring in the best movie adaption ever. What could be more fun than casting a movie of your book?
Here are the blogfest rules:
- Choose 4-6 of your lead characters.
- Let us know a little bit about what each of your characters looks like.
- Then, pick any actor or actress, they’re all at your disposal.
- Finally, apart from their appearance, what about this particular performer makes you think they’ll do your baby justice. What’s that special something that makes them perfect for the part? Their attitude? The way the walk? Their voice? Let us know.
Here is my entry:
The Devil's Song (certificate 18)
Thirty years ago author Morwenna Maddox (Tilda Swinton, Constantine) thought she had ended serial killer Lucian King's (Viggo Mortensen, A History of Violence) reign of power. She failed.
Now Lucian King will force Kristi Black (Natalie Portman, The Black Swan) to write him a new story and he'll eliminate anyone who stands in his way. Can Kristi stop his new reign of terror before the morning chorus - before The Devil's Song?
Before I start talking about the casting of my characters, I should say that the novel is told in first person via three of the characters. Two of them are Kristi and Warwick Black. I can not reveal who the third person is at this stage without giving away too much of the plot.
Kristi is an American who has moved to the UK with her English husband, Warwick Black. She has raven black hair, dark penetrating eyes, and an expressive face. Natalie Portman would be perfect for the part as she will be able to cover the range of emotions my lead protagonist experiences - from joy to sheer terror.
Warwick appears to be the perfect husband, but life is never that simple or straightforward. I need an English actor for this part. I also need an actor who will bring a quiet confidence to the role. He is a man of action, but not the in-your-face type. But he is also someone you believe could turn darker at any time. Paul Bettany is Warwick Black.
Morwenna Maddox is a deceased bestselling Welsh author. She was reclusive, guarded, and a little haunted - Tilda Swinton's quirky style would suit the part perfectly.
Lucian King is a serial killer. He is pure evil and very powerful. I've always wanted to see Mortensen play someone evil and unhinged, so I've cast him in the part.
Welsh historian Griffin Thomas was Morwenna Maddox's lover and thirty years later he still lives close to the place of her death. He is obsessed with her and how she died. Who could be more perfect to play an obsessional 80 year old Welsh historian than Anthony Hopkins?
The Policeman (I haven't decided on his name yet) brings some lighter moments to the novel and the reader will be left wondering whether he is good or bad for some time before the answer is revealed. I think McGregor would play the role to perfection because you won't be able to guess the outcome.
So, there are my choices. Ask me again when I've finished writing The Devil's Song and I may have re-cast the parts. But for the moment the process of writing my blogfest entry has been very helpful in making them seem more concrete in my mind. Thank you, Lindz.
What did you think of my choices? Have you tried something like this with your WIP? How helpful was it?