Six days to go until The Betrayal of the Blood Lily….
But while we’re still talking about The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (which came out in paperback yesterday! yay!), the fabulous Miss Eliza has posted her dreamcasting choice for Night Jasmine‘s hero on her website, Strange and Random Happenstance. (You can check out choices for the heroine, Charlotte, here.)
Who would you chose to play Robert?
One commenter, chosen at random, will receive a signed paperback of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine.
As of the time I’m writing this, I’m first! And it’s my birthday! And my choice is a little odd. I imagine Robert to be a little dark and brooding, and for some reason that makes me think of Mark Salling who plays Puck on Glee. Yeah I know it’s strange.
Happy birthday, Christine!!! I hope you’re having a wonderful day.
I think I would cast Philip Winchester from the short-lived NBC show Crusoe. I think he has the right amount of ruggedness mixed with pretty-boy looks one would want in a knight in shining armor.
Besides, I think he would look amazing in knee-high boots and breeches.
I would say…Sam Worthington. Super gorgeous, and could command a attention in a room.
Martin Henderson (‘Bride & Prejudice’) 🙂 I know he hasn’t got blond hair, but I think he’d be a good Robert. He got the brooding/moody thing down as Will Darcy…
Hmm…James McAvoy, but that’s because I always imagine him in the romantic lead of books.
I would pick Jonny Lee Miller. I recently watched the new BBC version of Emma, and when I read Night Jasmine he was Robert in my head. Somehow, I see Robert as the most traditionally handsome of your heroes, after Richard perhaps. Maybe that’s just Charlotte’s romantic viewpoint coloring my perceptions though! I like Miss Eliza’s casting a lot, but I would actually have seen him as Geoff.
I think I agree about Sam Worthington. I have only seen him in Terminator Salvation, I did like him in that and he is rather dashing.
I was thinking about who I would cast and the first person who came to mind was JJ Feild (Death on the Nile, Northanger Abbey, The Ruby in the Smoke, The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton). He has the blond hair and blue eyes, but I think he could also portray both Robert’s charming, lovely side and his revengeful, moody distant side.
What about Matthew Maconaughey? Kind of has that night in shining armor feeling to him. Or maybe he would make a better Miles…..
*Knight, not night. Geez, I DID take spelling in Elementary school.
My 1st choice would be Gerard Butler, from The Ugly Truth, because he is a little edgy and dark and that is who I pictured right away when I was reading the book.
My 2nd choice would be Kevin McKidd, from Grey’s Anatomy and Made of Honor, I can totally picture him kissing a mistletoe crowned Charlotte on the roof of Girdings House.
Both men are gorgeous and they both have accents and that helps with the fantasies too!!!!
I had always pictured Henry Cavill as Robert, although he has been suggested as Richard. As long as he’s in there somewhere with tight breeches!
I’d have to vote for Michael Douglas, it’s the voice!
At the moment I’m leaning towards Callum Blue. Not exactly sure why, but when I think of Robert he just pops into my head. I guess that’s good enough reason, right? 🙂
Matthew Macfadyen!!! I loved him in Pride and Prejudice… although to play Robert he might need to visit the beach for a few days 😉
Part of me would love to say that Alexander Skarsgaard would be amazing as Robert, but I also agree with Rebecca that Callum Blue would be great too. Seriously, if Sean Bean were a bit younger… I would totally vote for him, but he’s just to old to be kissing Charlotte now.
Ack! Good questions Lauren!
i’m not really good at “dreamcasting” so i will just have to go with Miss Eliza’s choice. I love her website, and I think she’s really good at it. (Except one time I would have had to disargree with her, lol) =)
I think I would definitely have to go with Jensen Ackles for my pick for Robert, the Duke of Dovedale. He’s cute he’s clean cut, and he definitely knows how to play the role of a dark, brooding, and all-too-serious hero.
I think he’s quite dashing and would make an all-around great 19th Century rake. =D
Oh Cassie, I’m sorry I must have cast somewone wrong for you. 🙂
Mmmm, J.J. Feild, love him. I’m also sticking with my choice of Stephen Campbell Moore… but I was watching Inkheart the other day and you know, Paul Bettany, he could work…
I think Hugh Dancy would be fun (from Confessions of a Shopaholic & Elizabeth I). He’s young enough that he could play well opposite a feisty mother and adventurous younger sister. He could handle the funny bits and has enough presence to pull off dashing, brooding and swashbuckling. Besides, he’s quite fetching. No, he’s not blonde, but with his cute and wavy light brown hair, does it matter? A mask would be very becoming on him too, always a plus. ;^)
I’m picturing Rupert Everett. Clearly a straight version of Rupert Everett!
Okay – I had either a momentary flash of genius (or this is a really bad idea…) what do you all think of Samuel West – he was in Jane Eyre in the 90’s and Desperate Romantics. He might be just on this side of too old, but I think that he could do it.
OK. So silly. I just totally cast for Richard of Selwick. Eek! Have to think about Robert and get back with you. ;^)
It just came to me. How about casting Robert with David Boreanaz from Bones, Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Strong, swashbuckling, protective, compassionate, ex-vampire-with-a-soul, current FBI agent protector and partner with the tad-bit-naive partner who he happens to be in love. Utter perfection.
I enthusiatically second Miss Eliza’s suggestion. However, in case a back-up is needed, perhaps Matt Bomer (from the White Collar TV series) could fill in.
I’m picturing Matthew Goode, a somewhat scruffy Matthew Goode. I think he might need to buff up a little, seeing as I imagine all of the men in these books to be tall & broad-shouldered :o)
Oh, while I heart David Boreanaz, he can’t do any kind of accent to save his soul!
Eric Bana. He can’t do a british accent but I always pictured dark from the india sun along with the kind eyes.
Oh I totally agree with Hugh Dancy as Richard or even Colin.
I agree with the previous poster that Matthew Macfadyen is the way to go for Robert!
The person I imagined as Robert does not exist to my knowledge, but the first person I thought of was Gerald Butler, I loved him in P.S. I Love You.
Miss Eliza had him as Richard, but I actually pictured Robert as Bradley James (I have a Merlin obsession lol)while I was reading Night Jasmine.
I like Gerard Butler as Robert.
My pick is Rupert Penry Jones! (new BBC version of Persuasion) He does it for me although he have to get a serious tan for the role!
I did like the suggestion of Phillip Winchester but Charlie Hunnam is my Robert hands down. He is so good at playing the noble but tortured soul.
Richard Armitage just because I’m crazy about him.
I could see Henry Cavill. I always pictured Robert as fair – from the hot India sun.
I’ve always imagine Robert as more of a buff sort of guy. Not bench presser buff, just strong. So i’d have to say that i would definitely cast Gerard Butler as him. Strong and handsome, he’d make a great knight in shining armor 🙂
I think we should just cast Colin Firth as the hero in every book. Would that be weird? 🙂
These posts read like a shopping lists of my dream guys 🙂 I don’t think I can do better… maybe Ewan McGregor, if he could do a little rugged
not really for acting, more of just the picture I get in my mind when I think of Robert, Duke of Dovedale…Jacob Young from All My Children is the look that I picture. (the glistening eyes and brooding nature of daytime probably do help that…) He also has that more chilsed feature look going on, which is how I imagine Robert after years in India, and he is blonde hair/blue eye.
again, not really for acting, more of for the portrait of the character.
Sean Biggerstaff from Miss Marple’s “Why didn’t they ask Evans” is my mental Robert.
J J Field is my choice as well.
I agree that were Samuel West a bit shorter of tooth he would make a good Robert.
Hmm hard choice… either JJ Field (LOVE him as Henry Tilney!) or Henry Cavill would be perfect as Robert
I also am having trouble coming up with someone to match the Robert in my mind! How about Robert Redford? (in his prime and with an accent of course!)
Anyway, loved the book. I am reading it for the third time now!
I think Alexander Skarsgard would be a perfect Robert!
You know, I’m just not quite the quick thinker on this, but after watching my ULTFAV tv show, I realized the perfect person for Robert would be Taylor Kitsch (aka Tim Riggins on FNL and Gambit from Xmen Wolverine). Hot, rugged, heart of gold, but makes some of the stupid decisions.
Can he pull off the accent, don’t know. Don’t know if I care if he’s walking around in knee britches and a monk habit. 🙂
Josh Duhamel comes to mind for Robert, he rugged but cleans up nice too.
I actually like Stephen Campbell Moore for Geoff–cute and interesting, not at first glance the sort of football-player “hot.” Intense eyes. The whole sexy librarian thing going on.
Robert is like Rory’s Dean, a sort of…blond, knee-breeched Lee Pace. Mmm.
Got to agree with Charlie Hunnam! He was definitely my first pick as well. Cute, blonde, and British- he’s perfect for Robert.
Maybe David Boreanaz just hasn’t had the inspiration of the perfect script nor a good diction coach to bring out his inner accent. I must give him the benefit of the doubt. ;^)
Maybe David Boreanaz just hasn’t had the inspiration of the perfect script nor a good diction coach to bring out his inner accent. I must give him the benefit of the doubt. ;^) Ooo, this is fun, though I’m embarrassed to confess I’m not familiar with several of these actors.
I could see Ben Barnes playing Robert.
You know, I didn’t even know Charlie Hunnam was British. My guys love SAMCRO. It’s going to kill them to find out he’s really British. It’s so “not motorcycle gang”.
I can’t wait to tell them.
So we have a challenge to pose to David Boreanaz then 😛 And yeah for Bradley James fans!
Richard Armitage (North and South)
I definitely agree with Phillip Winchester or possibly Christopher Egan (from Letters to Juliet)
My complete girly vote is for Paul Walker. While I don’t know about his ability to accent, I think he could pull a steely glint if needed. And he can do action.
I have always imagined Robert to be Rupert Penry-Jones from Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” and BBC’s “Spooks”, as someone upthread mentioned. 🙂
I was thinking Rupert Friend (recently in The Young Victoria, and Pride and Prejudice). He’s handsome, and very talented. I think he would do well as Robert because he can command a room, yet invoke childish giggles just from his smile. Previously mentioned Richard Armitage would be a good chose as well.