So, last night I had a dream. It started out as an amazing, very exciting dream. The Kindling was being made into a movie. I think most authors secretly hope (or not very secretly) that their book will end up as a movie. I'm no different. I'm not holding my breath or quitting my day job or anything, but of course, that would be very exciting. So, the dream caused a state of high euphoria. Best dream ever.
And then, I saw a newspaper announcement about who the actors were. And my euphoria turned to ashes in my dreaming mouth. Seriously. It became a nightmare and I woke up shortly after. You see, they had cast Kristen Stewart in the role of Lexa.
Now, I'm not a hater of Kristen Stewart. But she's not right for the role. For one, she's too old. And for another, well, she just doesn't fit. That's all.
I woke up immediately after, feeling very disappointed.
I mentioned it on Facebook, and a friend asked who I would want to play the roles. This reminded me of something. When The Kindling came out last summer, one of the bloggers that reviewed it actually had me put together my ideal fantasy cast for a hypothetical movie--if I could have anyone playing the characters, who would they be?
That blog has since been removed, so I thought it might be fun to put it here. So, I am happy to present my fantasy cast for a hypothetical film version of The Kindling.
Dr. Timberi is a refined, formal music and theatre teacher with a sad past. Many people have mistakenly thought he is based on me, but he's not. He is more elegant and formal, and much more distant and, frankly, way cooler. He speaks with careful, clipped cadences and has a deep baritone voice. He would be well-played by Hugh Bonneville. Since Dr. Timberi is a huge fan of Downton Abbey, this would be even more appropriate.
Madame Cumberland is a warm, gentle French teacher with an enormous heart and soul. She has a voice that is frequently described as being like peach pie or warm towels. Judi Dench would be wonderful. She'd need a long, silvery wig.
Mrs. Grant is a fussy Southern English teacher in sensible shoes, or at least that is her facade. There is a great deal more to her than meets the eye. She would be brilliantly played by Glenn Close. Sadly, Maggie Smith is a bit too old. But we could change that if she were willing.
As far as the kids go, well, honestly, in my mind they look like the kids in the trailers. I have a hard time imagining anyone else in those roles.
Plus, to be age appropriate, they'd have to be played by relative unknowns.
Conner Dell, however, insists that he would best be played by Will Smith or maybe a young Tom Welling). Lexa thinks Keira Knightley or Angelina Jolie are the obvious choices. Melanie says her dream would be to be played by Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn. Younger. And with red wigs.
So, what do you think? Who would you cast?
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