I was not living under a rock this week, and therefore heard all about the final decisions that have been made for the parts of Peeta and Gale. I had not known that Katniss had been cast, so I figured I would include her in this post as well for everyone who was under the rock with me when she was cast.
Our Katniss is: Jennifer Lawrence
Our Peeta is: Josh Hutcherson
Our Gale is: Liam Hemsworth
Interesting choices. I do not know much about any of them in terms of acting, so I will leave it for you to debate. Do you think these actors have what it takes to survive the Hunger Games?
Incidentally, I just started reading The Mortal Instrument series (I’m almost done with the first book, City of Bones) and I was really excited to discover they are making the book series into movies. I have really been enjoying the book; it’s just the right blend of mythology, adventure, romance and characters you really grow to care about. Anyone read it? What are your thoughts? For the last few days, since the I discovered they are making the books into movies, I have been plagued with casting thoughts. Who would make the best Jace? (someone blonde obviously) What about Isabelle? Simon? Here are my thoughts…I’d love to hear yours!
Strangely enough for Isabelle I pictured Kate Bosworth. With dark hair. She is just so tiny and has that fairy queen porcelain skin look to her. She’s ethereal in a way that I think captures Isabelle. Like the dark hair Kate sported in 21, only long and not a bob.
Simon is the tortured best friend harboring the unrequited love. He screamed Adam Brody to me, all gangly limps, and quirky witticisms. But I’m thinking Adam Brody circa the Seth Cohen/OC days.
For Luke (and I’m not sure if this is because the name Luke immediately made me think of Luke from Gilmore Girls) I pictured Scott Patterson. I thought he was rugged and had that laid back “sort of kind of dad figure but not actually a dad” vibe that I got from Luke. Plus, I think he makes a believable part Wolf.
Every time I saw Hodge in my mind I immediately thought of that guy from NCIS. And I don’t even watch NCIS. It’s the tweed. I’ve watched enough NCIS tv spots to pick up on the large amount of tweed this guy wears. He is SO Hodge in my mind.
Look! He’s even wearing TWEED in the first picture I found of him!
Curiously, the two characters I’m having the hardest time mentally casting are Jace and Clary. Give me a few days. Or send me some suggestions.
Here’s a list of recently announced YA books which are being made into movies.
Wings by Aprilynne Pike. The gossip surrounding this movie is that Miley Cyrus is actually in talks to star as Laurel in the movie which has been optioned by Disney. If you completely hate the casting of Miley Cryus as Laurel; don’t worry too much yet. Nothing has been signed, she is only attached to the project. However, check out author’s thoughts on the casting.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra Clare talks about plans for the upcoming movie(s) here. She also talks about the upcoming FOURTH books in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels, which will be told from Simon’s point of view and will be published in March 2011.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Evolution, Me and Other Freaks by Robin Brande
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. This project seems promising because Variety noted that Universal Studios has hired “Edward Scissorhands” writer Caroline Thompson to adapt it for the screen. I think a book about a 17-year-old girl sees fairies, and who must fend off the advances of a fairy king determined to marry her in order to save his planet from his spiteful mother is perfect material for the writer who wrote “Edward Scissorhands.” Gothic, dark, yet simultaneously powerful and touching, even the book cover has this vibe. However, only time will tell.
Here’s the Variety review of Cirque du Freak. It’s not very complimentary, it seems The Vampire’s Assistant may be suffering from problematic “the book is always better than the movie” conundrum. Seen based on books that worked well and translated well to the screen? Personally, I really enjoyed A Series of Unfortunate Events. Could Jim Carrey’s Count Olaf have been any more spot on? I also thought that the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants really captured the feel and energy of the books. Plus casting Blake Lively (pre Gossip Girl) as Bridget was brilliant. As for the second one? I was not such a fan and I actually had trouble sitting through it, even though most of the actual story of the movie felt rushed and jumbled.
There are a ton of “Book to Movie” adaptions hitting the multiplexes soon. Here’s a brief breakdown:
Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It, is (unbeknownst to me until quite recently) based on the book of the same name by Shauna Cross. I was already interested in seeing the movie, but now I might read the book first and then go see the movie about a high school girl finding her place, fitting in, and joining a girl’s roller derby team. Plus, ever since Juno I have had a soft spot in my heart for Ellen Page–nobody does cute snarky sarcastic quite like her. Trailer is here.
Where The Wild Things are opened yesterday. I am really curious to see how the beloved children’s classic will translate to the screen, however I have been pleasantly surprised by the trailers.
A new adaptation of Dorian Gray is hitting theatres with Colin Firth and Ben Barnes (you’ll remember him as Prince Caspian from the most recent Narnia film.) Check out the trailer
Not that you could have forgotten with all the ongoing buzz, but New Moon, the second book in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series is coming out in November (mark your calendars, November 20th). I liked the trailer however I’m a bit apprehensive as I didn’t like the book New Moon as much as I enjoyed Twilight–I found Bella to be unbearably whiny at times, and I missed Edward.
What did you guys think about the movie version of Twilight? What about the casting? Did anyone seem off or not how you imagined the character would look when you read the book? In other Stephanie Meyer’s news the film rights to her adult novel, The Host have also been snatched up so there is something else to look forward to.
Alice Seybold’s The Lovely Bones is hitting the screen around Christmas time. I loved the book, however I’m not sure I’ll be up for seeing a film version. I had a hard enough time watching the preview. It is directed by Peter Jackson (who did The Lord of the Rings) and starring Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon and Rachel Weisz, so it certainly has some hollywood heavy hitters attached.
In continuing the books to movies theme, opening on October 23 (next Friday) is Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. Based on Darren Stan’s popular Cirque Du Freak series, the movie is a fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Interestingly, while the second book in the Cirque Du Freak series is titled The Vampire’s Assistant, the movie is actually based around the first three books in the series, which is reminiscent of the way they combined the first three Lemony Snicket books in the film version of A Series of Unfortunate Events. You can watch The Vampire’s Assistant trailer here.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming film version? Looking forward to it? Are you fans of the book series?
Here’s a list of books that were made into movies released this past year. Read Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and then watch the movie adaptation (with 3-D glasses no less!) The list includes Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Larry Doyle’s I Love You, Beth Cooper and the J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Book 6)