Interviewers often ask me who I’d cast if there were to be a movie of The Stepsister Scheme [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] and the subsequent books. I don’t get out to see many movies, so I usually try to brush that question off. But then on Twitter, I came across a reference to a new project from Felicia Day, and it occurred to me that she could do a very nice job of playing Danielle.
A few Tweets later, and we have:
Danielle: Felicia Day
Snow: Emma Stone or Kristen Bell?[1. I’m not familiar with their work. These were suggestions from two of my Twitter friends.]
Talia: Zoe Saldana
And maybe Wil Wheaton for Diglet the goblin? I know it’s a smaller part, but I could see him having lots of fun with that.
Dear Hollywood – please make it so.
What do you think? Any ideas for the rest of the cast? Queen Bea, Prince Armand, Hephyra (from books two and four, because of course we’re going to do all four films), Roudette, Trittibar, etc?
February 15, 2011 @ 9:55 am
That’s a tough question for Snow. I really like Emma Stone, but Kristen Bell is a Michigan native and a former classmate of my sister-in-law, so I’d have hard time voting against her.
How about Holland Taylor for Queen Bea?
Jim C. Hines
February 15, 2011 @ 10:21 am
Hm … I’m having a really hard time separating Taylor from her work on Two and a Half Men. Don’t know if she has the strength and the warmth for Beatrice.
February 15, 2011 @ 10:23 am
Ah, I haven’t seen that show. I was thinking of her in Legally Blonde where she does a turn from “hard as nails” law professor to supportive mentor near the end. The latter being what seemed good for her majesty.
February 15, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Queen Bea… Julie Andrews.
Jim C. Hines
February 15, 2011 @ 11:10 am
Hm … that could work.
February 15, 2011 @ 11:39 am
That was going to be my vote.
Still is, actually 🙂
February 15, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
As I said on Twitter, Dakota Fanning *has* to be in it. She’s awesome.
I dunno about Felicia as Danielle, but perhaps that’s because I know little about Felicia and what I [i]do[/i] know hasn’t impressed me hugely.
For Talia; Gonna disagree, Jim, but I think that you’d have to look to East Asian/’Bollywood’ or North African/Middle-Eastern actresses because – to me – some of them have the look and style Talia would. Again, just my opinion :p
Snow? Kristen Bell would be my choice out of the two, based on the cover for The Runaways.
Hephyra? Wow, tough one because I can barely remember her beyond the tiny number of Talia/Hephyra moments we had.
That said, if these books were made into films, I’d like to see them as traditional cartoon or maybe CGI in the style of Pixar or Dreamworks. I think with everything that happens in them, those two forms of animation would work muuuuuch better and instead of actresses who look a bit like the characters, we could have more flexibility.
February 15, 2011 @ 12:02 pm
Edit: Uh… Wrong girl for Snow. Who’s the one from Twilight/The Runaways? She’d be good as Snow I reckon. Kristen… Scott? Thomas? Something?
Jim C. Hines
February 15, 2011 @ 12:04 pm
I would love to see Pixar or Dreamworks pick up the movie option and run with it. For either of my series, actually.
February 15, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
Yes, her! 😀
I think the Pixar/Dreamworks option would be best for either. I’m not sure why but I think things like this always work best that way.
February 15, 2011 @ 3:36 pm
I love Emma Stone, but I don’t see her for any of the roles and she would be expensive now. Kristen Bell could play Danielle, though she’s maybe a little old for the role. But, I think Mia Wasikowsa, who played Alice in Alice in Wonderland and is currently playing Jane Eyre, would maybe be a better choice for Danielle. For Talia, you could go with Alice Braga (she was in I Am Legend and Predators,) or Mary Elizabeth Winstead (played Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Bruce Willis’ daughter in the last Die Hard movie,) or Alia Sharkat (Arrested Development, Three Kings, The Runaways, Whip It, etc.) For Snow, Kate Mara might be good — she’s a redhead but could wear a wig (she was in 24, Entourage, The Stone of Destiny.) But who really seems to me to be Snow is Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show, Black Swan.)
February 16, 2011 @ 10:27 am
I do like Felicia Day — I’m sure she could pull it off, though I hadn’t thought of her in the part. I think Emma Stone has the *look* for Snow, but I haven’t seen her in anything so I don’t know if she has the acting chops.
That said, while I love Zoe Saldana, I can’t picture her as Talia. In my mind, she always looks like Parminder Nagra. More New Delhi, less Santo Domingo.
I could see Lucy Lawless as either Roudette or Hephyra.
February 16, 2011 @ 6:03 pm
Is it weird that I’d like to see Lisa Kudrow as Queen Bea? That’s all I got.
Jim C. Hines
February 16, 2011 @ 6:04 pm
Yes. Yes it is 🙂