UPDATE from live UStream chat with Brent Weeks on 10/7/11: The film rights held by Cam Gigandet have EXPIRED, so he will not be making the films (if they’re ever made). He also said the script is being shopped around and there is some interest, but definitely no guarantees. Here’s to some big finger-crossing.
See Part One here.
I stand by my castings, as listed in Part One, for these characters: Jarl, Solon, and the GodKing.
For the rest, I’ve made some changes and/or this is my first attempt at casting.
I confess, the recently-concluded first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones–an adaptation of one of my favorite book series–was a great opportunity to see a slew of new and familiar faces in a fantasy setting, so the cast provided a lot of inspiration.
SPOILER WARNING: There are a few spoilers throughout, so I recommend having read the entire trilogy beforehand.
Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones)
I think he’s a little too good looking for Durzo, but he has an AMAZING voice that I think IS perfect for Durzo. And he’s an amazing actor.
I still maintain that an unknown would be the best casting, since no popular characters will be associated with this person. Kylar deserves to be Kylar, if you know what I’m saying. BUT there is an actor in a minor role on Game of Thrones who seems like he could play the part: he has blue eyes and black hair, and could easily play the part of a lord, but more importantly he looks like he could play the part of a ninja as well. (FYI: I can’t find out how tall he is. Since Kylar is supposed to not be particularly tall and whatnot. He looks average?)
Joe Dempsie (Gendry in Game of Thrones)
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones)
She has stunning eyes (not brown, granted), would still be striking even with scars, and did a brilliant job as Dany in Game of Thrones. I think she could pull off Elene’s sweetness, combined with her occasional holier-than-thou attitude.
I was adamant about Chris Hemsworth for this part, but he is too old. Luckily, he has a younger brother! I’m unfamiliar with Liam’s acting abilities, but I think he completely looks the part.
Carla Gugino (most recently in Mr. Popper’s Penguins)
I initially suggested Monica Bellucci, but I think she’s a little too old and she doesn’t look quite right. I think Gugino is a good actress, and totally sultry to boot.
Sharlto Copley (Murdock in new A Team; Wikus from District 9)
This guy is an AMAZING actor and could pull off Dorian’s descent into madness. He might be a little old, though (it’s hard to say–the GodKing is supposed to be around sixty years old, if not more, and Dorian is one of his older children).
Paul Bettany (most recently the Priest in Priest)
More than one person suggested him as Hu instead in the comments to the last post, and I have to agree.
Jennifer Lawrence (most recently Raven/Mystique in X-Men:First Class; will be Katniss in the upcoming The Hunger Games)
I think she exudes an innocent sort of sexuality, which I associate with Jeni. And she seems to be a talented actress (I liked her in First Class; haven’t seen Winter’s Bone).
Ewan McGregor (Oh, come on…you must be familiar with his most well-known role(s)…)
He’s ginger, he’s about middle-aged, he’s Scottish (Ceurans are suggested as being Scottish in manner of speech), and he has experience playing a samurai-like character.
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark in Game of Thrones)
She might be too old by the time any NAT movie is made, but she’s a great young actress with experience working in the realm of fantasy. AND she has an eye for detail (when it came time for her to learn fight choreography, she was the one who reminded the producers and writers that Arya is actually left-handed).
Katie Dickie (Lysa Arryn in Game of Thrones)
Totally looks the part and seems to be a good actress.
Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones; Conan in the upcoming remake)
Honestly, I can’t remember what Feir is supposed to look like exactly (is he from the same country as Solon?), but this guy is HUGE and he did a great job as Khal Drogo, even though he totally talks like a bro in real life. And he could totally wield a large and powerful sword (everyone say it with me: IN BED!).
Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn. Duh.)
I think he can be the intimidating figure that the Wolf is required to be. If you have seen him as Lucifer in The Prophecy (1995), you know this to be true.
Richard Madden (Robb Stark in Game of Thrones)
Some say he’s too good looking to be Roth…I guess I don’t find him that attractive…? But, regardless, he’s a good actor and has the brooding face of a villain.
Elena Satine (Christine in Just Go With It)
Lucifer Hills suggested this in the comments, and I actually agree. I had put Lily Cole, but she didn’t seem quite right to me. No idea if Ms. Satine is a good actress, but she’s damn sexy AND a natural ginger! (I think.)
A Word About Game of Thrones: I know I used quite a few actors from the show. Game of Thrones is largely considered a success by critics, book fans and new fans alike (and was renewed for a second season almost immediately, unlike Starz’s Camelot). I, a longtime fan of the book series, was actually a little disappointed with the show at first. But as it went on, I realized that it was really fricken awesome. And from the beginning I thought most of the castings were dead on. To me, GoT‘s success represents doors opening all across TV for fantasy book adaptations. Already fantasy adaptations were common in movies (not always successful, of course), but it was a huge step forward for HBO to invest large amounts of money into a TV series. TV series, to me, seem like the best venue for fantasy adaptations, because often in movies the story and/or world must be cropped to the point of confusion. WIth GoT‘s success, I hope/pray/believe that more risks will be taken towards adapting fantasy books into TV series. And I really, really want this to happen for the Night Angel trilogy.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED ON THE FIRST POST! And to everyone who may comment on this post.