When I picture the characters from THE HEARTLESS CITY, they look like they did in my mind when I wrote it. That is to say, I don't picture any "real life" people when I think of them - just the original, fictional images I created. However, quite a few people have asked me how I would cast a movie version of the book if one were ever to be made (and I personally think the book would make an GREAT movie, Hollywood agents *wink wink*), so I have come up with my own, personal "dream cast" for the film. It is truly a "dream cast," as some of the actors would have to travel back in time/do some reverse aging to fit the parts, but here it is:
Elliot: Young Leonardo DiCaprio
He would definitely have to go back in time, but Leo would be a great Elliot. They have only slightly similar features, but Leo's so great at expressing the kind of raw, unrestrained, empathic emotion Elliot embodies - especially in this particular gif from Romeo and Juliet, which freakishly mirrors an actual moment in THE HEARTLESS CITY:
Cambrian: Younger-ish Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan is not only an incredibly talented actor, as well as unbelievably gorgeous, but he exudes the same kind of arrogant and playful but also haunted and wounded aura Cam exudes.
Iris: Adelaide Kane
Philomena: Sasha Pieterse
Andrew: Eddie Redmayne
It's not just because he's a redhead, honestly. Eddie has the quiet, soothing, bright spirit Andrew needs.
Jennie: Mia Wasikowska
In any film, she really deserves a bigger part than Jennie, but Mia would be great at displaying her beautiful, hopeful nature.
I haven't really thought about the adults in the novel - The Lord Mayor, Virginia, etc. - but maybe I will at a later date. What do you guys think? Who do you picture for the parts?