A few blogs ago, back in January, I participated in the blog equivalent of a chain mail letter, an online challenge called The Next Big Thing. In it, I mentioned a couple of actors that I’d like to see play my characters in Defender.
Now this week, for Tia at The Serious Reader blog, I've thoroughly enjoyed putting together a short and snappy ‘Hollywood Star Cast’ for my second action thriller in the Alex Morgan espionage series, Hunter with descriptions of the characters included. You can read it here.
In this post I will be further explaining why I think these and other actors would be the perfect fit to play the following five of the main characters in Hunter. They are by no means the only actors who could play these roles but I do like to have people pegged in my mind as I write - it helps me bring the characters to life.
As you’ll read in The Serious Reader guest-post, my stand-out to play Alex Morgan has for some time been Australian actor, Alex O’Loughlin. I like O’Loughlin because he’s Australian and he’s also done well on US TV playing Steve McGarrett in Hawaii 5-0. What I like about his portrayal of McGarrett is he’s really captured the essence of a former service man. He’s not a bulldog but he’s a definite action man. He has empathy and respect at the same time as being completely mission-focused. He doesn’t play a robot soldier, he plays a thinking soldier and I really like that about him.
But a new kid on the block for the Alex Morgan role has to be Henry Cavill, the British actor playing Superman in The Man of Steel. He's the perfect age, he has a strong 'good guy' look about him that really captures what I want for Morgan. Men want to be him, and women, well...
Meanwhile, a hands-down favourite to play General Davenport is Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan has just turned 60 and he carries his age and the integrity of his age well, especially given that General Davenport is a former decorated SAS officer before becoming an expert in the rules of war and humanitarian war. It would be easy for an audience to associate Brosnan with an action man past given that he is the last actor to play Bond before Daniel Craig. Above all, Davenport is an old-school gentleman and I think Brosnan would convey that well.
I would like to see Emily Blunt play Charlotte-Rose Fleming. I like the Englishness about her. In the book, Charlie is a child of an American mother and an English father. Blunt has a strong presence on screen while possessing feminine vulnerability. The most important thing for me is that the female leads convey intelligence and resourcefulness. Blunt would be perfect for that.
The one to play The Wolf is Olivier Martinez. The Wolf needs to be someone who conveys a very dark side while also being appealing on the surface, because that’s what The Wolf relies on; his strength is in being able to flout the law and present himself as something other than what he really is.
Rade Šerbedžija is the guy that I’d want to play Drago’s character. I first saw Šerbedžija in The Saint movie with Val Kilmer and he has been in many others since, including most recently in Taken 2. He is an incredibly strong actor and I even used him as inspiration for the description of Drago in the story. He has a physicality and presence that I absolutely hope to convey with Drago's central character.
It is a dream for any author to have movies made of his stories and I'm no different. While I use some of these actors in my mind while writing the third in the series, Avenger, there are new characters in the latest story that are not covered here.
I'd also love to find out any actors you can see playing any of the characters in my thriller novels - just leave me a comment!