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The Stand Adaptation Casting Call

Posted in Fantasy Casting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by xymarla

With the news that Warner Bros. and CBS are teaming up to bring Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic The Stand to the big screen (a move that is unsurprisingly not sanctioned by King himself), you had to know this was coming, right? Welcome to my Fantasy Casting of The Stand Adaptation!

My love for King’s The Dark Tower series has been officially recorded in the annals of the internet (like, a lot), but my love for The Stand is also deep and abiding. There was a long period of my youth in which I read that novel every single summer break. It was a significant tradition for me to crack open my fat, worn paperback on the first day of freedom and delve into King’s “dark chest of wonders” with gusto. The Stand is prodigious, engaging and profound. It’s also horrifying and hilarious. I don’t believe that any one adaptation can grasp the depth and scope of this vast story, but I believe Hollywood can do a better job than the 1994 mini-series. Don’t get me wrong–I love the mini-series. I own it! And Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe are both perfectly cast as Stu and Nick, respectively. But the series is silly and cheap when it should be terrifying, and many of the other actors are miscast. I hardly think one two-hour feature film can deliver this monumental narrative, but hopefully The Powers That Be will turn it into a trilogy or at least a two-parter. That shit could melt our collective faces, y’all.

So let’s jump in! (I tried to keep this from being too spoilery for those who haven’t read the book. Also: READ THE BOOK.)

Stuart Redman (Stu):

Originally played to perfection by Gary Sinise, Stu’s an intelligent, taciturn East Texan man who is forced into an experimental lab after the government realizes he’s immune to the superflu. Stu makes his escape and, while mild and laidback,  eventually emerges as the leader of the survivors as they try to rebuild an approximation of society. Stu is wise and brave, the closest thing to a main character in this sprawling ensemble of characters.

Mischa Collins:

As Castiel on Supernatural, Collins has established that he has poise, charisma and major chops. He can play mild or intense, which is key for Stu, and Collins has a pleasant, everyman way about him. I think he could definitely stand out in the crowd of cast members this adaptation will necessitate. Continue reading

The Dark Tower Series Casting Call Round 3: Enemies

Posted in Fantasy Casting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by xymarla

And thus! We reach the final volume of my Dark Tower Series Casting Call. Round 3: Enemies of the Tower! Or Foes of the Rose if you please.

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But first! Read Round 1: The Ka-Tet of 19. I fantasy-cast Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy here.

And read Round 2: Allies of the Tower. I fantasy-cast the Pere, Patrick Danville, Calvin Tower, Aaron Deepneau, John Cullum, Moses Carver, Young Roland, Susan Delgado, Sheemie Ruiz, Cuthbert Allgood, Alain Johns, and Stephen King (uhm, duh) here.

Now! On to the scary stuff!

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The Dark Tower Series Casting Call Round 2 (Allies)

Posted in Fantasy Casting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by xymarla

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As you probably know, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are adapting Stephen King’s epic (and I don’t mean that in the “THIS PARTY’S GONNA BE EPIC!” sense so much as the “this is a sprawling heroic journey traversing centuries and universes” sense) The Dark Tower series into a television series, as well as multiple theatrical releases. It’s a big d, you guys.

I’ve already fantasy-cast the Ka-Tet of 19: Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy. Now to cast some of the allies that float in and out of the gunslingers’ journey. I’ll wrap up my casting call with Round 3: enemies of the ka-tet. Or Foes of the Rose, if you will. (If you need a lesson in Dark Tower 101, check this out.) And don’t worry, I’m trying to keep this post mostly spoiler-free.

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Pere Callahan:

The Pere is a former priest who first appeared in King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, resurfacing in the final three Dark Tower books. He is a wise, grave, recovering alcoholic who believes himself to be damned. He has fought vampires, “wolves,” and agents of the Crimson King. He’s an all-around bad-ass.

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Clint Eastwood: Continue reading

The Dark Tower Series Casting Call (Ka-Tet of 19)

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The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

With those 12 words, my life changed. I have been a passionate follower of The Dark Tower series since I was in junior high, when I wrote Stephen King a letter telling him that the books made me believe in magic, describing my grim little hometown in East Texas, offering him Taco Bell coupons for some damn reason and insisting he just HAD to try the drink Orbitz.

It was the 90s.

A year later, he sent me the publisher’s copy of the newly published Wizard and Glass, inscribed “Dear [Marla], There’s still plenty of magic in the world. Your letter proves it. From a fellow Orbitz junkie, Stephen King. 2/3/98.”

In the following book, Wolves of the Calla, he wrote that Pere Callahan took on a range of odd jobs, including “mucking out horse stalls in Lufkin, Texas.” Yep, that’s the small town I’d described to Mr. King. HE WROTE. MY TOWN. INTO THE SERIES.

I have a small 19 tattooed on my right wrist. I just typed all of the above quotes from memory. I’ve read these books countless times. Believe me when I say: this shit MATTERS to me. So as long as they’ve been discussing an adaptation of The Dark Tower series, I have been terrified. WHAT IF THEY MESS IT UP? How could Hollywood possibly deliver the scope of this breathtaking, sprawling, epic series?

Well, I’ll tell you. Agreeing to develop a movie trilogy and a multi-season television series to be produced simultaneously, thereby revolutionizing entertainment as we know it, is a damned fine start. I’m not sure about Ron Howard–I mean, seriously? Ron Howard? But the man has big plans and this monumental multi-platform format shows a tremendous amount of respect for the source material. I’m just gonna say it. For now…I am THRILLED. Thrilled! However, I reserve the right, if at any point I read news that I find alarming, to revert immediately back to anxious and resentful.

So! Here are my long-touted cast picks! Some of these are new, but most I’ve been emphatically insisting upon for years.

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Roland Deschain/Roland of Gilead/The Gunslinger: Continue reading