Stephenie, in a hypothetical world where we'd get a Life and Death movie, who would you cast as Beau and Edythe (and the rest of the Cullens, if you feel like, of course!)? Can be any dead or alive actors, pun fully intended!
While I am an avid book character fantasy cast creator, the drawbacks of saying “This is who I see as ___________” when you are the author are worrisome. I don’t like interfering too much with what the reader sees when s/he reads. (I know I did precisely this about eight years ago, when I posted my fantasy cast for
Twilight before there was a movie. At the time, I didn’t think anyone would read the book anyway, and I hadn’t given the idea of altering a reader’s personal mental picture any consideration.) There is nothing like having your own personal mental hero/heroine. This is one of the reasons that I love fan art so much. I love seeing what you see when you read the story. In fact, I’m planning to put up a gallery of Life and Death character fan art on my website. Shameless plug: if you can draw, please send me something. You can find more details on my website. I want to see your Beau and Edythe (and all the others—someone draw Archie, please)!
All that being said, do I have a fantasy cast? Of course I do. And I’ll tell you what it is, just promise me that you won’t read the next paragraph unless you already have a solid image in your head of all the Life and Death characters. Promise? Okay. I’m going to hold you to that.
Thank you for letting me pick actors that are not alive, because my only Carine is Grace Kelly, from the Rear Window era. All the rest of my actors are alive, but few of them are the right age. I will give you context. For Beau, I would cast 2013-ish (post-Perks) Logan Lerman. Edythe is harder, because she’s a perfect vampire, but my favorite choice is Emma Stone around the time of Easy A; she’s adorable. For Jules, I chose an actress I’ve never seen in action, just based on looks—Amber Midthunder. Archie is Nicholas Hoult, right after he finished filming Fury Road and his head was still shaved; there’s a picture floating around the internet—he’s wearing an off-white jacket, sitting on a brick wall—that’s perfect, but I can’t find a source for it. I like Tavi Gevinson for Jessamine. The closest I could find for Eleanor was circa-2011 Gina Carano. I think last year’s Liam Hemsworth is probably the best option for Royal. My favorite Earnest is Tom Hiddleston, 2010-ish. And then the baddies: Joss—Tatiana Maslany, Victor—Brian Balzerini, and Lauren— Léa Seydoux.
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