Kate’s Dream Cast For The Sphinx Project Movie
When Michelle suggested I write a blog about my ‘dream cast,’ I couldn’t help but giggle. Every writer dreams of their work being translated to the big screen, but so rarely is that fantasy realized. When I was writing The Sphinx Project, I did have a quick flick through IMDb for some ideas for appearances, but I never really thought much of it in terms of matching an actor to a character.
Michaela, my main character, is a sensitive girl in a big, mean world. The actress would need to be able to portray her vulnerability, as well as the stronger aspects of her personality.
Last year while I was revising The Sphinx Project, The Hunger Games was cast, and for the first time I was introduced to Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games is one of my favourite books of all time, so I began digging up as much of her work as I could. After seeing the depths of her talent in Winter’s Bone I couldn’t help but be drawn to her. Since then she’s been Michaela in my mind, even if she doesn’t quite fit my physical idea of her. There are, of course, several other actresses that I think could convincingly portray Michaela. Chloë Grace Moretz springs to mind as a close second.
Briana and Mouse were both difficult to ‘cast,’ because I don’t have a clear picture of what they look like in my own head. I have a very clear understanding of their personalities, and if I saw ‘the one’ I’d know immediately, but when it came to writing them I deliberately gave only very basic details. I wanted to let the readers form their own ideas about their appearance without it feeling forced.
Although that’s how I feel, it’s bit of a cop-out, so I went and trawled through IMDb while writing this blog. Immediately, one actress stood out as a potential Mouse: Willow Shields, another Hunger Games cast member. Even though she’s quite young, she has the right look about her. Madison Davenport, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Liana Liberato also seem to have a certain ‘Mousiness.’
Meanwhile Indiana Evans, Phoebe Tonkin, and Lucy Hale all bear a certain resemblance to Briana, even if they don’t all look overly similar.
I would love to know what you think of my casting ideas, and whether you agree with them once you’ve read The Sphinx Project. Thank you very much for allowing me to visit your blog Michelle.
The Sphinx Project, The Chimaera Chronicles #1
Tuesday, February 28th 2012
A lifetime as a lab rat, or forever on the run? For Michaela it’s not a hard decision.
Not many people can say their entire existence has been one big lab experiment: poked and prodded by scientists, genetically modified to be the best and endure the worst, subjected to daily tests and trials that would kill a normal human. All Michaela wants is her own life, to be able to go to school, flirt with boys, maybe eat ice cream now and then. So when the chance to escape finally comes, Michaela and her sister grab it, taking their friends with them.
But they weren’t the only ones to find their way out of those labs. Following close behind are another breed of creature, one that doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, who exist only to feed their own hunger. The appearance of a strange boy who seems too much like them to be a coincidence makes things even more confusing. But as the world begins to literally fall apart around them, Michaela must accept his help, especially when she could lose the very thing she holds dearest: her sister.
Kate’s just a Kiwi girl, making her way in the big old world. She pushes doors that say pull, tells people it’s a long story when it’s not, and is completely addicted to chocolate. Her début novel The Sphinx Project about a genetically engineered teen hits digital shelves February 28th, 2012.
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