Give Me a Call, Paul Dano!

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I’ve already cast some of the characters for the movie version of THE BOOK.

As I scramble to outline the end of my first draft (it’s coming along nicely, thank you),  I’m able to see my characters more clearly. As it turns out, many of them look like actors you’d be familiar with. I’ve seen the story as a film in my head from the beginning. I’m really just writing down what I’m watching on my brain screen. Dear Hollywood, what I’m saying here is that my story would be easily adaptable to the Silvah’ Screen.

Anyway, here is my casting, thus far. Spoiler alert: there are no spoilers anywhere in here. My lawyers have advised me not to give away names or details of the story, so just accept my vague descriptions as sufficient, and be in awe of my eye for talent. Also, I don’t have lawyers.

Main Characters

THE HERO – PAUL DANO

If Paul Dano agreed to play the main character in my story, almost nothing else would matter to me. I didn’t fully visualize this guy, the hero of my book, for a long, long time. That was a problem. He wasn’t three dimensional in my head yet. Then one day, I saw Dano interviewed on TV and ZAMMO. I knew it. This … is … my … guy. I’ve loved Dano in several movies, especially when he played Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy. Now that I can see Paul (as I call him) in my head, this character seems fully rounded.

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THE SIDE KICK, SORT OF – NICK OFFERMAN

This is a comic character who’s pretty complex. He’s rough and broken and vulnerable, but also empathetic and lovable. The story is nothing without him. I saw him as Nick Offerman from about the second sentence he ever spoke in THE BOOK. He has to be played by Offerman. He has to! C’Mon, Nick. C’mon!

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FEMALE LEAD, THE CATALYST FOR MUCH OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THE STORY –
ABIGAIL SPENCER

She’s related to the main character and probably the person he’s closest to in the world. The main character betrays her in some way, but I can say no more. Though she’s not a love interest, the audience has to fall in love with her immediately. She’s exceedingly intelligent and witty – and a smart ass. She would never openly show any weakness, but you can see in her eyes that she’s scared to death of being hurt. When I see Abigail Spencer, I see all these things.

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THE KID – TO BE DETERMINED

There’s a five-year-old boy in this story, but who knows who the best five-year-old-boy actor will be in a couple years when this movie gets made? In the meantime, let’s just use this old-timey, pipe-smoking, stick-wielding kid with a tin fanny pack as a place holder. R.I.P. this little boy, probably.

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THE HERO’S HERO – CHANNING TATUM (I KNOW!)

Channing Tatum? OK, but he has to be in this makeup you see below. This Character is HUGE in the story. He’s the heart and soul, the driving force and emotional guide. He’s a hero to the hero of the story. The real title of THE BOOK is based on his character. And I would have never thought of Channing Tatum until I saw him in this bad makeup for some prank show. He typically plays hunky guys, because he is a hunky guy, but he has to look just like this in the movie (sorry ladies). It’s scary how close he is to the image of the character in my head.

 

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Secondary Characters

 

THE MOTHER – JOAN ALLEN

Joan Allen is the mom in about 10,000 films, but she’s perfect for the mother in my story, too. She’s instantly likeable and charming, but a little off balance. She has a certain emotional challenge, but I can say no more.

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ANOTHER NON-LOVE INTEREST – KAREN GILLAN

There is no real love story in this book (maybe a little one toward the end). It’s definitely not a boy-meets-girl tale. Though two female characters have a profound affect on the main character, he’s not looking for a girlfriend (or a boyfriend, either). This is another intelligent and funny character, but she isn’t vulnerable or weak in any way. She’s pretty confident about who she is and how to handle herself. This woman is happily married with children, but I can say no more. I don’t know much about Gillan, except she was in Dr. Who, and she looks exactly like the character I’ve had him my head for almost a year.

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THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE – DIAHANN CARROLL

Boy, did I have a crush on Diahann Carroll when I was a kid. She was in a show in the ’60s/’70s called Julia, where she played a nurse who worked for an aerospace company. It was one of the first non-stereotypical TV roles for a woman of color. In my story she’s a comic character who’s wise and the leader of a group of … I can say no more. The character would have plenty of opportunities to give this stern look …

 

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THE LAW – SARITA CHOUDHURY

Yep, there’s a cop in the story, but not until near the end. She’s a force that pushes all the other characters toward the conclusions of their personal journeys. At first, I pictured this cop as a stereotypical goofy, tall, power-mad dude with a bad mustache (a la Pornstache in Orange is the New Black), but when my brain-picture changed to Sarita Choudhury, the character became a lot more interesting. She’s not power-hungry, just obsessive about following the letter of the law. I can say no more!

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There are other characters, but I haven’t cast them yet. I’ll keep you — and Hollywood — posted regarding any additions. But now, it’s back to my mad outlining. Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if there was a movie being made right now that starred all of these same people?

I’d die of sorrow, personally, but wouldn’t it be funny?

 

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