Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wheel of Time geeks ahoy

Via my dear friend Kelly, this most excellent link to the fan discussion of who you would cast if there were to be a Wheel of Time movie (series, obviously).

PLEASE leave me your casting suggestions :)


Mark said...

This isn't a casting decision. But my perfect WoT scenario is a television series directed by J.J. Abrams.

P.S. if I see another suggestion of Vigo Mortensen cast as Lan I'm going to go postal. Lan and Aragorn are not similar characters.

Tanya said...

I don't think a movie could cut it. The books are just too long and I would get angry at everything that is cut out.

Plus middle america would freak over Ran with 3 wives. I just don't see it happening.

That site is casting OLD people too....the main characters are young and all those wtih the POWER don't really age. I see them stopping the aging process around 20-something.

moonrat said...

Mark--that is absolutely true. However, his coloring is correct. (I picture Lan brawnier than Viggo, but...)

Tanya--yeah, I guess the average character age IS about 19. Ha.

I need to think on this carefully. I posted it here in hopes that other people would think on it for me :)

Sarahlynn said...

I started reading this series when I was a kid, and now all the people I used to think perfect for the roles have grown up!

@Tanya, Rand doesn't have three *wives* (yet). He's just with whomever he's with at the moment. (For the sake of TV, I think that part would play perfectly in America. He's practically a soap opera all by himself.)

Completely concur that Lan is bigger and brawnier than Mortensen. (And also I can't quite get over the fact that Mortensen said he didn't even know about The Lord of the Rings when they first called him; his geek son had to encourage him to take the role of Aragorn.)

hampshireflyer said...

I used to play this game at home all the time. But it was so long ago that Angelina Jolie was in the frame for the borderline-dominatrix parts not the multiple-mum ones :)

Still, at least that meant the LOTR movies hadn't come out yet!

Daniel said...

An HBO miniseries would be perfect. There is so much that could be cut! Anyone that doesn't think so is crazy if you'd want to watch political discussions and tertiary characters doing very little of import. That works in a bazillion page novel, but not on screen. That said!

Casting would be difficult. I'd love to see a bunch of unknowns, but for the sake of this discussion I would go thusly:

Tam: Liam Neeson (he's tall and a badass and he'd just be perfect)
Rand: Josh Hartnett (heart throb and he's a good actor and he's tall at 6'3")
Perrin: Not sure
Mat: Not sure... maybe Jake Gyllenhaal
Lan: Christian Bale (He's big, burly, stoney faced and physical. Age him up a little and he'd rock it)
That's three-ish...
Egwene: Natalie Portman
Aviendha: Olga Kurylenko

That's all I got for now...

Kerry said...

Ooh! Fun! I really like Steve Buscemi as Padan Fain. Casting the Aes Sedia is tricky with their ages - they need to be old enough to have that Aes Sedai wisdom but young enough to have that youthful face... not sure how that would work on screen.

hampshireflyer said...

@ Kerry - Matt Smith (the latest Doctor Who) is a good example of a youthful actor who can play old and wise with a young face.... unfortunately women don't tend to get such complex parts, so it's a lot harder to think of someone comparable. (Not to mention the whole how-to-ruin-your-career-with-Botox argument.) Wonder if you'd actually get better Aes Sedai by looking outside the US/UK...?

writtenwyrdd said...

I have to say that for Rand I like Matt Damon. No, not classically handsome, but I think he has the chops to carry the role. (Have you seen him as Talented Mr. Ripley? There's your proof.)

Vigo Mortenson should be in there someplace, though. Don't know who.

And if Anthony Hopkins were available, I'd want him for that priest that is in the early volumes. (Sorry, memory of that series is getting dim. Haven't read it in a while.)

All that said, I don't think this would make a good movie, there are way too many characters and subplots.