Cast That Book!

Given that the topic of who should play whom is one that frequently arises, it seemed time to add a new toy– er, diversion– to the Diversions page. Thanks to the fabulous people at Storycasting, one can now not only cast one’s favorite books, but pull up pictures of the actors, compare your cast lists to those of others, and exchange notes on your choices.

I’m very much looking forward to playing Cast That Book with The Temptation of the Night Jasmine in December and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily in January.

To start off the fun, who would you cast for The Secret History of the Pink Carnation? (My picks are up on Storycasting.)


  1. Alyson on September 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    The only one I’ve ever actually pictured someone real as I read the books was Colin. I always think of James Scott from Days of Our Lives as Colin. He’s tall, gorgeous and British (that’s just a bonus). Though his character is usual ‘evil’ on Days, he definitely has the mysterious thing going on like Colin does. He can certainly be charming and sweet. He’d be my perfect Colin.

  2. Cho on September 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Well, I always sort of pictured Miss Gwen as Maggie Smith. And while she’s a Night Jasmine character, I always saw the Dowager as Judi Dench. And I tend to think of MIles as a rather Hugh Grant-ish character πŸ™‚

  3. Cho on September 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Well, I always sort of pictured Miss Gwen as Maggie Smith. And while she’s a Night Jasmine character, I always saw the Dowager as Judi Dench. And I tend to think of MIles as a rather Hugh Grant-ish character πŸ™‚

    And Geoffrey Rush is Stiles!

  4. Cho on September 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry it double posted! I tried to add the last line and it posted twice …whoops!

  5. Rebecca on September 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of Henry Cavill as Richard! He most definitely has the whole being rakish-thing down pat (I mean, have you seen “The Tudors”?).

  6. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 23, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    See, what we need is a with little known (to people other than me) British actors, cause I have totally populated the books as if they’re being filmed for the BBC or ITV, so of course when I try to look up Raymond Coulthard, who would be the PERFECT Colin, it’s a no go πŸ™

  7. AngelB on September 24, 2009 at 3:39 am

    I have a few ideas, some of them, though, are a bit too old now…

    but if we could time travel, Colin has to be Colin Firth. That image just doesn’t go away.

    Unfortunately for accuracy, my vision of Richard is way American looking/less Regency era fop. Closest UK vision I can come up with is Sean Connery. I just envision broad shoulders.

    Jane is easy: Emily Blunt. I love her.

    I also think Julie Andrews/James Garner combo as the parent Selwicks would be awesome. If you want to travel to their youth, they’d be perfect as Henrietta and Miles, too.

    Having a hard time with Amy…she’s just so dang short. A young Audrey Hepburn keeps popping into my head or Hayley Mills.

    I think Geoffrey Rush as Fouche would be great and Kevin Spacey as Napolean.

    Told you my ideas were wild.

  8. Sonia on September 24, 2009 at 6:24 am

    I always thought that Ewan McGregor would be oddly fitting for Miles. Something about his eyes being very boyish…

    Honestly, after her performances in Harry Potter, I would love to see Maggie Smith as Mama Selwick, think of the image!

  9. Catherine on September 24, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Lauren, I already sent you my list of dream actors, but for the rest of you all, heres my cast (pretty much none of whom are on storycast sadly) Eloise Kelly – Rachael McAdams
    Colin Selwick – Oliver Chris
    Amy Balcourt – Felicity Jones
    Richard Selwick – Jonas Armstrong
    Henrietta Selwick – Michelle Ryan
    Miles Dorrington – Henry Cavill
    Letty Alsworthy – Rachel Hurd-Wood
    Geoff Pinchingdale-Snipe – Hugh Dancy
    Mary Alsworth – Natalie Dormer
    Lord Vaughn – Rupert Friend
    Charlotte Lansdown – Kimberly Nixon
    Penelope Deverau – Emily Browning
    Miss Gwen – Eileen Atkins
    Jane Wooliston – Carey Mulligan
    The Marquise de Montval – Eva Green
    Lady Uppington – Helen Mirren
    Robert Dovedale – Noah Huntley
    Tommy Fullien – Rupert Evans
    Lord Uppington – David Rintoul

  10. Lauren on September 24, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Angel B, I love the image of Kevin Spacey as Napoleon! Too funny.

  11. Lauren on September 24, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Catherine, why did I never think of Eileen Atkins as Miss Gwen? That’s brilliant!

  12. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Catherine you and I are totally in agreement, on my list I also have Felicity Jones as Amy! Also how did you also think of Natalie Dormer, we must have a linked brain or something! Though I have Carey Mulligan as Charlotte πŸ™‚ Jonas Armstrong has got fat and bald, so he wouldn’t work, anyone see season 3 of Robin Hood yet?

    Anyway, he’s my full list, characters not yet mentioned means my brain has yet to cast πŸ˜›

    Colin Selwick (Raymond Coulthard)
    Richard Selwick (Joseph Kennedy)
    Amy Balcourt (Felicity Jones)
    Miss Gwen (Maggie OÒ€ℒNeill)
    Mrs. Selwick (Geraldine James)
    AmyÒ€ℒs Brother (Jeremy Swift)
    Lord Vaughn (James Purefoy)
    The Marquise de Montval (Frances Barber)
    Henrietta (Perdita Weeks)
    Geoff (Jamie Bamber)
    Letty (Bryce Dallas Howard)
    Mary (Natalie Dormer)
    Charlotte (Carey Mulligan)
    Robert Duke of Covedale (Stephen Campbell Moore)
    Tommy (Jamie Sives)
    Medmenham (Ed Westwick)
    Penelope (Anna Madeley)
    Alex (Aiden Turner)
    Freddy (Rupert Penry Jones)

  13. Rebecca on September 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Elizabeth, I also pictured James Purefoy as Lord Vaughn! I think he’d be great in that role, should it ever come to that. And Felicity Jones is a wonderful choice for Amy, too!

  14. Sara on September 24, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Richard Armitage as Vaughn!

  15. Teje on September 24, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Now Armitage as Vaughn is brilliant!

  16. Sonia on September 26, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Lord Vaughn is quite a bit older than the others, right? What about Gerald Butler?

  17. lAUra on September 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    i always pictured Cary Elwes as Richard. you know, the way he was in The Princess Bride. and i kinda thought of a younger alan rickman as vaughn. eva green would make a great marquise. and i have hugh dancy as geoff. i also want to cast john cleese but i can’t decide where to put him! haven’t really got the rest fleshed out yet. . .

  18. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 26, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Laura I agree with you entirely on Richard, that’s how I always pictured him, though now he’s all bloated and fat…hence my casting of Joseph Kennedy he looks JUST LIKE Carey Elwes, I actually had to do a double take, and great actor too, he was on Robin Hood.

  19. lAUra on September 27, 2009 at 12:10 am

    yea, i was totally bummed when i saw how big he had gotten. i was like “cary! noooo! you used to be so hot!” o, and although i said alan rickman, i MEANT jason issacs. i got confused cause they’re both in harry potter. but jason issacs (in hp) even kind of looks like vaughn with the long hair and the cane. . .anyway, i still love alan rickman, and i would cast him as someone too. don’t know who.

  20. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 27, 2009 at 12:16 am

    It’s like Val Kilmer…what happened there?

  21. lAUra on September 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    lol. EXACTLY! o val, you used to be SO nice to look at. LOVED him in Tombstone.
    here’s jason issacs:
    i mean, does anyone else see that? YEA! πŸ˜‰

  22. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on September 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I do see he could work, but I love me some James Purefoy.

  23. Hannah on September 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I couldn’t think of Richard or Henrietta πŸ™
    Eloise: I completely agree with you, AngelB, Emily Blunt is perfect!
    Colin: Hugh Dancy
    Richard: ?
    Amy: Talulah Riley
    Miles: Ewan McGregor
    Henrietta: ?
    Geoff: James McAvoy
    Letty: Deborah Ann Woll
    Mary: Keira Knightley
    Vaughn: Richard Armitage!
    Robert: Jonas Armstrong
    Charlotte: Mia Wasikowska

  24. Stacie on September 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I’m really enjoying looking at everyone’s cast list (and I had lots of fun on that StoryCaster site too) and I simply just adore these books. I’m in love with Richard Armitage as any of the male leads, but I’ve pictured him more as Geoff than Vaughn (Christian Bale is Vaughn in my head, haha!). And Natalie Dormer for Mary Alsworthy is absolutely perfect!

  25. alexandria on October 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    i keep thinking of jason lewis as richard! πŸ™‚

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