Today we hit number seven, which means we are exactly one week away from “The Role” hitting shelves! One thing that many people want to know is how I picture my characters. So I thought, today would be a fun day to pretend I was casting the movie version (rights are available Hollywood!) of my novel:
When I think of Mason, I’ve always imagined someone like Logan Lerman playing him. Logan is a great actor who starred in one of my all time favorite movies (and books) “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” I think Logan has the right look (though he’d actually have to gain weight to play Mason at the beginning of the book) and I think he would bring the right amount of vulnerability in the role.
Kevin Caldwell is supposed to be almost painfully attractive as well as incredibly talented. As a result, the most logical choice to me is none other than Jonathan Groff. I think Mr. Groff is a treasure, who has the ability to play anything (and he isn’t hard on the eyes at all.)
Eric is Mason’s thin gaymer boyfriend. The closest person that really comes close to this is Ezra Miller. Coincidently, if Mr. Lerman played Mason it would be a funny reunion for them. Miller and Lerman shared a kiss (albeit a tragic one) in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
I can think of no one better than Jim Broadbent. In addition to his amazing work in Moulin Rouge, lately Mr. Broadbent was in the LGBT Spy show “London Spy.” I think he would bring the perfect amount of gravitas to Merchant.
When I wrote Lycan, I always pictured him being played by Jim Rash. While I’m used to Mr. Rash being a wacky dean on “Community.” I think he would be able to pull of the wise and loving mentor/physical trainer, as he is wonderfully witty and in amazing shape!
Julia is often described as having a Marilyn Monroe figure, so I figure Megan Hilty (who famously vie for the chance to play her in the TV show “Smash”) is a perfect choice. In addition to her work on "Smash" I had the great pleasure of seeing Ms. Hilty in the recent revival of “Noises Off!” where she truly slayed the role of Brooke. I think Ms. Hilty would bring a lot to Julia, although she would might be a bit young. Julia is supposed to be aging out of the ingénue role, which I don’t see Ms. Hilty doing any time soon.