Category Archives: Casting about

Water for Elephants: the film

Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants is currently being filmed (Richard LaGravenese wrote the screenplay), with an April 2011 release date scheduled according to IMDB. Reese Witherspoon is playing Marlena, Robert Pattinson is Jacob Jankowski as a young man, Hal Holbrook is the elderly Jacob, and Christoph Waltz is August.

Having read the book, how likely are you to go see the movie version?

Do these actors fit your idea of the book characters? If not, then who would you have chosen?

What scenes are essential to you? Which might you leave out? Would you change the ending?

Want to see more? Water for Elephants book publisher Algonquin Books has much more information about the film, including photos (see Sara Gruen hang around with an elephant, literally!) and news from the set.


Casting about: The Catcher in the Rye

While it’s highly unlikely that The Catcher in the Rye will ever be made into a film (allegedly, J.D. Salinger was so unhappy with an early film adaptation of one of his short stories, he refused all future attempts to secure film rights to his work — an IFILM article even suggests that his will prohibits his heirs from selling the film rights), we can still speculate…

Do you think it’s possible to make a film adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye that’s a worthy companion to the book? Which actors can you imagine playing Holden Caulfield? Are there any particular characters or scenes you think would definitely make the film or end up on the cutting room floor?

Casting about: The Monk Downstairs

So if you were going to film The Monk Downstairs, who would you cast in the starring roles? Are there any characters from the book that you’d cut for the film version? What scenes might you consider cutting? How would you handle the one-sided epistolary “conversation” between Mike and Brother James?

Casting about: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights has been adapted to the big screen several times, with one of the more well-known versions being this 1939 film starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon (watch it on for free). More recently, talk had centered around Kiera Knightley, Lindsay Lohan or Natalie Portman playing Cathy, with Colin Farrell up for the role of Heathcliff, but  according to, Abbie Cornish has signed on to play Cathy and Michael Fassbender will play Heathcliff in the version due out in 2010.

If you’ve seen the 1939 film, how do you like it compared with the book? How likely are you to go see the new version, based on your reading of Wuthering Heights? And lastly, who would you cast in the roles of Cathy, Heathcliff, and Edgar?

Update, 5/20/2009 (via Daily Mail (UK)): Casting for the new 2010 Wuthering Heights has reportedly changed again; Britons Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, 2008) is now slated to play Cathy and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) will play Heathcliff. Filming is supposed to start in the fall of 2009.

The Time Traveler’s Wife: The movie version

According to IMDB, the film version of The Time Traveler’s Wife is already complete, with release targeted for February 2010. Eric Bana plays Henry DeTamble and Rachel McAdams plays Clare Abshire; it seems that Ingrid has been completely cut from the story.

What do you think of the casting? Which actors or actresses would you have chosen? Do you think a film version could stand up to the book? Would you even go see the movie?

Casting about: Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury’s book was first made into a film by Francois Truffaut in 1966 starring Oskar Werner as Guy Montag and Julie Christie as Clarissa. A new version is in production and scheduled out in 2010. So who do you see as Guy, Mildred, Capt. Beatty, and Clarissa? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Casting about: The House Next Door

While The House Next Door was already made into a 2006 TV movie starring Lara Flynn Boyle as Col, Colin Ferguson as Walker (guess Colquitt and Walter aren’t good TV movie names?), and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (that guy from Saved By the Bell) as Kim, who would you have chosen to play Colquitt, Walter, and Kim? What about some of the other characters?

(If there was ever a chance of a remake, I think Diane Lane might make a good Colquitt, Mark Ruffalo for Walter and Shia LeBeouf for Kim Dougherty. And how about Ashley Tisdale for Pie? I think she’d be good in that role.)