Saturday, November 10, 2007

Twilight Movie Casting random thought

Dear casting Directors checking poorly read blogs for ideas:

Let's get a little Adrian Brody in there. Alright?

I'm thinking as Laurent or perhaps James??? Thanks, I'm sure you are taking all of the suggestions for the Twilight movie casting quite seriously... sure...

Twilight Movie Casting: Esme and Carlisle

Everyone is saying Kate Beckinsale for the Twilight movie casting of Esme Cullen. I think this would be a travesty, and I do not use the word lightly.

I really like Kate (I picked the most motherly picture I could find), but she is over aged (sorry, but it is true, Esme is mid 20's) and over used (how many times is she going to play a vampire?); to continue, I also cannot see her as a pacifier with a soft voice. Or a southern type accent...

Why not branch out, let someone else have a go... I suggest two women:

Jennifer Morrison from HOUSE fame... you might not be sold on her by looks alone, but she has an uncanny ability to show compassion, which, besides beauty, is Esme's most mentioned trait.

This pick is mostly due to the fact that she is aged appropriately, looks the part, and is able to show a range of emotions: Evangeline Lilly (yes, from LOST)

If Esme were cast a bit older, I would suggest Carla Gugino, she's mid 30's but she looks like a motherly (yet hot) woman, I think.


Well, my BF Stephenie wrote the books and created the characters, so I feel a bit out of place disagreeing with her choice for the Twilight movie casting of Carlisle Cullen ... so here he is Charlie Hunnam.

I think I would have to see Nicholas Nickleby, as this is not how I pictured Carlisle. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever clearly pictured him (not at any fault to your writing, BF) but he is so passive, I never paused to picture him. I like this picture though, where Charlie has on a hat. All in all, I can picture him in scrubs. Did Carlisle wear scrubs? Anyway...

While I'm thinking about "Bella" casting...

Is Emily Browning a done deal? I just checked her IMDB page and it is listed there that she is rumored to be "Bella Swan". That seems to make it more final, doesn't it? Even though I really like Emily Browning, (my husband and I were just talking about how good she was in Lemony Snickett and that she should be in more things) I am not convinced that she should be Bella. Maybe because I think I should be Bella, but that is beside the point.

Has anyone thought of Emmy Rossum?
I have heard rumors of her being suggested for Esme's character, which she might be more age appropriate for, but I think she could pass for 18 easy.

I've seen some youtube videos with Danielle Panabaker cast as Bella, but even they admit it is mostly becaue of the footage they could get with her and Steven Strait (PLEASE!!!!!! play Jacob)

Some have suggested Alexis Bledel...

Well those are just some thoughts. I really think, after looking around for girls to add to this list, that perhaps Emily Browing is a pretty good choice. I do think that Panabaker could do well, too, though.

"Edward Cullen" Casting suggestions cont'd

While Emily Browining remains the "rumoured" Bella "Twilight" for the movie, there is still no news on any of the other characters.

This next Edward suggestion may be shocking to some, and hard to swallow; however, I saw an ad for the movie Jumper with Hayden Christensen, and I actually thought it was a trailor for Twilight, at first. He may be too well known, but I think that could be perfect! As long as he doesn't act like he did in Star Wars, we are looking for "Life as a House" quality work. And if he's done it once...

Plus let's not deny that he fits the criteria: Lanky, yet muscular; a boyish face with hard, statuesque lines; the possibility to look quite frightening, while still managing an almost angelic appearance at times. See for yourself:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Thoughts on Breaking Dawn

the fourth installment in the Twilight series. I just finished Eclipse for the second time and thought of a few things as I completed the last two chapters and epilogue:

First: Would my best friend Stephenie actually let Jacob Black and Bella Swan talk again? Bella has already cried for more than 3/4's of a chapter about having to tell Jake goodbye. Of Course Steph will though. Assuming BF would let that happen there are two possibilities to consider:

a) I cannot let myself believe that Jacob has given up fighting for Bella's humanity. Read the Epilogue of Eclipse again if you are unsure. So I think we might have a classic stop the wedding scene on our paws. You know we have to see the wedding, and if the point I bring up in the "Next" point is true, then Jacob will have to be there. Which would be really intense, but if Bella left Edward at that point, well, I don't even want to think about that

b) ok, so that's assuming Jake sees her before the wedding... what about after? What if they meet again after Bella has been transformed? It would be so... weird. I am unsure if Stephenie would want us, the audience, to even see Bella that way. But, assuming it does happen,you'd have Jacob fighting the urge to kill Bella instead of Edward, which could prolong the whole series - and I'm up for that.

Next: I VERY much think that Jacob will be our narrator in Breaking Dawn. Because of: the epilogue and the fact that the title directly refers to the sun triumphing and beginning to rise (Jacob is the sun according to Bella).

Then: if that is true, can we assume Jacob will move on and imprint someone of his own? I don't think so, at least not yet. This is going to be all about Jacob dealing (not drugs, but with emotions), whether or not he sees Bella and Edward again - though if he is narrating he will (because BFF Steph has promised that if she switches narrators we will still hear about Edward and Bella)- he is going to be fighting his own demons and getting his heart prepared for when Stephenie lets him imprint (you know there will be a riot, because no girl will ever be good enough for either Jacob or Edward, but it is inevitable that Jacob end up with someone (Bella?- but that would have to mean something tragic (gasp) happens to Edward Cullen)).

Finally: I doubt we will revisit the "pick me over him" of the last three novels, but I can't imagine (besides the Volturi) what other threats or cause for suspense there could be... although BF STeph will come up with something awesome... no doubt

Really finally:PLEASE, STEPHENIE MEYER... do not let Jacob end up with Leah Clearwater - she makes my head want to explode (which I hope is your intent with her (I mean no offense by saying I think she's annoying), I think we can all honestly say she is a little frusterating at the end of Eclipse - not with out reason, but still...).

Dear Stephenie,

I am pretty sure we should be best friends. We like the same music (I love writing while listening to David Grey's White Ladder), the same books, and apparently the same sorts of love stories. I think we hold similar values as well... but I'll nip this in the hooty because I'm pretty sure I'm crossing into creepy fan zone... but I'm sure that me typing that in no way assures you that I am not, in fact, a creepy fan. Moving on...

Really what I"m saying is that I admire you for what you have done with these novels and especially the characters. I admire you even more for not trying to do it, it seems as though it may have just happened (You say "Yeah right" but, best friend, I am just saying it seems that way).

I ask myself what is it about these books that draw the teens (and those of us only very slightly older) into a near obsessive state. Please, Steph, don't be modest, I've Googled- you've Googled... we both know it is true. Last night the answer came to me, and you are a Genius. Seriously, did you plan it this way?

So, most teenagers are about worried futures, sexual tension, and anxiety of being wanted (this does sum them up, they'll realize in a few years...), and what you have done is taken those fears - removed the reality, while adding ultimate finality. It's like you blinged up the whole teenage angst issue.

And the sexual tension, you are so clever, is there but very tactfully camoflouged. Thank you for that. For once, these kids are undersexed if anything (and I am not complaining about that), yet all the tension of sexual yearning is still dealt with: the way Edward longs for Bella's blood and she can't resist him, no matter how much she might want to.

I like to think of it as an abstinence allegory (though this may not be your intent). Think about it, if Edward had killed Bella that moment in Biology class, or anytime after, he would have had his pleasure for a moment but what would follow? Nothing. But it shows how much he loves her to overcome and put away his deepest lust to keep her close to him.

Even more... the use of Edward as statuesque (literally)... fabulous. Bella is so fragile and soft but the love of her being can never be fully hers (not as she is now anyway). Enter Jacob, who's hot (also literally) and soft and huggable and kissable, and ultimately Bella's second love. Once again you've taken teenage indecsion and beautified it. By using mythical and totally opposite creatures, you've simplified but some how made everything that much more seductive.

And in the end decisions must be made by all characters, and consequences must be dealt with. You are brilliant at showng that there is indeed consequences for every action, even those far in the past. You deal with the fact that even though we forgive, it takes time to heal; even more, that not all descions are easy and it is often the hardest that offer the deepest impact.

Best friend, I must leave for now... but there will be more correspondence to follow. Let me know if you want to come over some time. I have the whole Pride and Prejudice miniseries on tape, yeah, the one with Colin Firth. (This is an attempt at humor, not creepiness, I know you will never read this, it was more a cheap ploy to introduce some ideas about your intent of some issues in the novel - but if you want to be best friends, I'll learn how to french braid) Okay, BFF! I can't wait for you to decide we should swap stories about our children and fudge recipes!


P.S. I made you a quilt. The first one I ever made... see... not creepy at all

Monday, November 5, 2007

Casting for "Edward Cullen"

Obviously, (Stephenie Meyer even said it herself)Henry Cavill would be the perfect casting for Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie. I still don't see why he couldn't be... Edward looks more like a man than a 17 year old to me anyway. It has been suggested that Cavill is wince too old so this is the first in sure to be many Blogs on possible Edwards for the 2008 movie. I'm sure the casting company will randomly be searching low-read blogs for suggestions...

I watched The Covenant this weekend. Luckily for me, my husband enjoys those sorts of movies, as I enjoy Steven Strait (please, please, please be Jacob Black, Steven. I'm begging). When Steven was not on the screen I managed to find a few prospects. The first, I think, is a Strong possibility, but I wish his cheeks were more manly. I find it a conundrum that, at 17, Edward should have baby fat cheeks, but being so marble-like, I can't help picture him chiseled.

That's the problem with selection A, too childish, but picture him as the more human side of Edward Anthony Masen Cullen: Sebastian Stan.

Or Chance Crawford... who is nice looking but I can't imagine him being scary...

I think that will do it for now... I've been trying but I absolutely cannot imagine another Jacob Black... but I'll try.