Everyone? That's what I thought. (If you're not, GET OUT. Just kidding. We accept all types here.) (But I do recommend picking up the series.) (Shocker.)
This series is so insane, addictive, exhilarating, and chalk full of feels. I am loving this story more and more with each book. If for some reason the anticipation doesn't completely murder me before September 1st, I will be first in line at Barnes and Noble at midnight to get my copy of Queen of Shadows.
In the meantime, I'll drown my anxiety from that Heir of Fire ending by making a dream cast list. (We all have our coping mechanisms, right?)
**Edited 6/10/16 to include a few more characters and casting ideas**
Chaol Westfall played by Max Irons or Leslie Odom Jr.
Character Info: Captain of the Guard at the palace. Likes order and discipline. A man of honor and integrity.
Comments: Do you know Odom? I was impressed by his acting chops in Smash, and he's now starring in the musical everyone is talking about, Hamilton, so obviously he's extremely talented. But I think Max could do a good job too. Whoever plays Chaol has to have a certain amount of quiet intensity. Which both Leslie and Max would provide.
Dorian Havillard played by Sam Clafin or Chris Pine
Character Info: Prince of Ardalan and heir to the throne. Friend to Chaol. Charming womanizer and loyal friend. In possession of a much better heart than his father. Described as having black hair and sapphire eyes.
Comments: I think both Chris and Sam have the depth to pull of Dorian's charm, regal air, and terrified secrets all at once.
Nehemia Ytger played by Lupita Nyong'o
Character Info: The Princess of the neighboring kingdom of Eyllwe. Close friends with Celaena. Dedicated to helping her people.
Comments: Let's just agree that any film with Lupita in it is awesome, including this fictional film. Yes?
The King of Ardalan played by Richard Armitage
Character Info: Ruler of Ardalan. Keeper of dark secrets. Ambitious schemer and all-around bad dude.
Comments: I just want to see Richard play a really evil part. Something tells me he could pull it off tremendously well.
Manon played by Mary-Kate Olsen
Character Info: An Ironteeth Witch. Described as having silver hair and golden eyes.
Comments: This witch doesn't show up until Heir of Fire, but I loved every chapter she appeared in.
Rowan played by Zach McGowan or Jason Momoa
Character Info: Hardened fae warrior. Maybe my favorite ToG character to date.
Comments: You'll recognize Zach as the prince of Ice Nation, if you're a fan of The 100. That's the only work of Zach's that I'm familiar with, but considering how much intensity he has in that role, I think he'd make a great Rowan. But I also think Jason would also make a fabulous Rowan as well. (Plus, he already has a fair amount of scarring that fits this character well.)
Aedion played by Tom Hiddleston or Josh Holloway
Character Info: I cannot describe his role without revealing spoilers, so I'll just say that I was surprised when I fell in love with this character.
Comments: Loki or Sawyer??? Questions like these plague me at night.
Duke Perrington played by Viggo Mortensen or Peter Weller
Character Info: The King of Ardalan's right-hand man.
Comments: The Duke has an air of menacing mystery to him. As do both these actors. (Yes, Aragorn is kind of scary, even if he's a good guy.)
Kaltain played by Ashley Greene or Lindsey Morgan
Character Info: She appears on the scene in the first book as someone who might want Darion for his throne. Beautiful, shrewd, ambitious, and manipulative.
Comments: I feel like Kaltain could be played by anyone in Hollywood. But Ashley and Lindsey fit Kaltain's look in my mind.
Cain played by Shan-Yu from Disney's Mulan
Character Info: Cain is the big baddie of book 1, a man whose strength far surpasses others.
Comments: A friend suggested this casting, and now I can't imagine it any other way.
Archer played by Jude Law
Character Info: A beautiful and somewhat ambiguously motivated male courtesan.
Comments: This is one of those rare moments when I absolutely cannot see anyone else but one actor in the role. It MUST be Jude Law.
Sam Cortland played by Evan Peters
Character Info: One of the first things we learn about Sam in the books is that he has died, and that he was a former lover of Celaena's.
Comments: Sam only makes an appearance in the prequels, but I thought his character seemed important enough that if this series ever were to be made into a film or TV show, he would likely show up, even if just in flashbacks.
AND NOW FOR THE HARDEST ONE...
Celaena Sardothien played by ????
Character Info: This story's protagonist, an accomplished assassin with a complicated history and many, many enemies. Described as having platinum blonde hair, pale skin, and blue eyes ringed with gold.
Comments: Celaena is SO HARD to cast. Seriously. In my head when I'm reading, I picture a young Laura Harris to play Celaena (Dead Like Me, anyone??) but since she's currently nearly 40 years old, she obviously won't fit in this role in real life.
But, my problem is that I don't have a second choice. I've considered Annalynne McCord or Natalie Dormer or Teresa Palmer. I also was considering Emilia Clarke, Lindsey Morgan, Lyndsy Fonseca, or Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow. Gemma Ward has the looks, but maybe not the acting chops. I was leaning towards Eleanor Tomlinson (from Death Comes to Pemberley) for a while, but worry that she's not very assassin-ish.
Who would you prefer?? I really cannot decide. She has to have the right balance between vulnerable and playful and ruthless and beautiful and defiant and overwhelmed and totally hard core. It's a tall order. Right now I think Adelaide Kane is my top choice (from Reign). Obviously she would have to wear a wig and contacts, but with the right makeover, she could be perfect:
What do you think? There are a lot of characters in these books, so I didn't cast everyone. Which of the characters that I left out would you like to see cast? With which choices do you agree or disagree? Tell me your thoughts!