booking through thursday: dream cast

Do you ever wonder who could be cast as your favorite characters? What actors do you think have done particularly excellent jobs with some of your favorite characters?

This week’s Booking Through Thursday is a tough one for me. I’m not super awesome at identifying actors—not watching current TV much or seeing new movies often—and I honestly don’t imagine real-life actors’ faces embodying a character as I’m reading, but sometimes afterwards I can picture certain actors playing those roles. This is proving to be a fun exercise! Here’s whom I could see cast for some recent reads of mine (tried to pick stuff that hasn’t already been adapted to film):

Lauren Ambrose as Claire Roth in The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro: I could just be thinking this because my husband and I have been watching Six Feet Under, in which Lauren Ambrose played a budding artist, coincidentally also named Claire.

Nelsan Ellis as the Teacher in The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten: As a bassist, obviously I could only picture Victor Wooten playing Victor Wooten! But I could definitely see Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette from True Blood) playing the teacher, who mysteriously appears from time to time to help Victor through his performing, musical, and philosophical issues.

Dominic Chianese as Louie Zamperini in Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: I am not sure who would play the young Louie in a movie version of this harrowing WWII biography, but I can imagine Dominic Chianese playing an older Louie, reflecting back on his incredible life.

Emile Hirsch as Billy Lynn in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain: I am probably just making this pick because I thought Hirsch did a great job as Chris McCandless in the film adaptation of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Pasquale Tursi, Charlize Theron as Dee Moray, and Gary Oldman as Alvis Bender in Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter: I know Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn’t Italian, but I think he’d be good in the role of Pasquale (at least, as the young Pasquale of the 60s), and Charlize Theron could be a good Dee. And I just love love love Gary Oldman—he’s one of my favorite actors.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Bit in Arcadia by Lauren Groff: Wouldn’t he be great as sweet, idealistic, romantic, still-innocent adult Bit? Not sure who’d play Bit as a child, though.

Tom Hardy as Will and Anne Hathaway as Louisa in Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I have no idea if they would have any on-screen chemistry, but I think that, despide his beefy-ness, Tom Hardy could play the outwardly assy but emotionally complex Will and Anne Hathaway has Louisa’s same kind of flawed yet relatable girl-next-door vibe.

What is your answer? What actors do you envision playing your favorite book characters?

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