Behold: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I have to say that I wanted to read the first book for a long time. I saw that awesome cover in a Barnes & Noble and I wanted to buy it, but I was in college and broke. Cut to some years later, I’m working in the library and I see it on the Young Adult shelves, so excited, check it out and speed right on through it. Loved it. I tried to read Scarlet, but I got caught up in reading John Green’s novels so I took a break. Came back, reread Cinder and went right on through to Cress, as well as Fairest (the short story about the villain) and impatiently awaited Winter.
So, after reading the entire series, my friend and I were talking about whether we wanted a movie franchise or a television series. With books like these, a movie would be best considering the budget would allow for more but a television series would allow more character development that would be needed for these characters considering how interesting and rich they are. A movie would have the chance to butcher them if not done well. So, we’re going to cast our dream cast for the film/television series and who knows, we may even outline how a first season would work. I mean, we have it worked out ideally, but in order for it to be technical, I need to read the books again.
Cast and Characters.
Linh Cinder “Princess Selene”
Appearance: Tanned skin, brown eyes, 5’8, straight, fine brown just below shoulder length hair.
Top Choice: Kelsey Asbille Chow
Honorable Mentions: Chloe Bennett, Shay Mitchell, Seychelle Gabriel (Second choice)
Notes: The important thing to note about Cinder, because she is technically Lunar, she still was able to pass in New Beijing (China) without anyone really questioning her other than being a cyborg. So she needs to have an Asian look about her, but also be ambiguous enough for the diverse people of Luna.
Prince/Emperor Kaito “Kai”
Appearance: Fair Skinned, copper brown eyes, 5’11, black straight and shaggy hair, grows past ears.
Top Choice: Jasper Liu
Honorable Mentions: Mario Maurer, Ryan Potter, Sung Joon
Appearance: French, freckled skinned, green eyes, curly and unruly ginger red back length hair, 5’6.
Appearance: Olive skinned, bright green eyes, messy brown hair sticks up in places, 6’4.
Top Choice: Luke Pasqualino
Honorable Mentions: This guy whose name I don’t know.
Carswell Thorne “Captain”
Appearance: Light skin, bright blue eyes, dirty blond hair, 6’0.
Top Choice: Brant Daugherty (just need to get some blond in there)
Honorable Mentions: Chord Overstreet, Chace Crawford, Max Lloyd-Jones, Taron Egerton (if he goes blond), Brandon Flynn (if he goes blond), Elliot Knight (come on, he would be a perfect Thorne)
Crescent “Cress” Moon Darnell
Appearance: Shell. Pale, freckled skin, honey-blonde wavy (starts off floor length), sky blue eyes, 5’0.
Top Choice: AnnaSophia Robb
Honorable Mentions: Elle Fanning, Emily Browning, Dove Cameron, Joey King
Princess Winter Hayle
Appearance: Dark brown skin, black, tight corkscrew curls, just below shoulder-length, very thick, golden-brown eyes with flecks of gray around the pupils, 5’9. Three long scares on right cheek.
Top Choice: Yara Shahidi
Honorable Mentions: Zendaya Coleman, Amandla Stenberg, Alexandra Metz, Tiffany Boone, Kylie Bunbury (top second choice), Jaylen Barron
Appearance: Pale skinned, long white-blond hair, wears in a low ponytail, sharp features, ice blue-green eyes, 6’2.
Top Choice: Lucas Till
Honorable Mentions: Billy Magnussen, Drew Van Acker, Jamie Campbell Bower, Alexander Ludwig, Douglas Booth, Jake Abel
Queen Levana Blackburn
Appearance: Glamored- Based her look on Solstice Hayle (Winter’s mother) same face structure and hair texture. Long, curly auburn hair, onyx eyes, extreme “vivid” red lips, ivory skin. Her waist would be a little trimmer with a fuller bust. No Glamor- Horrifically disfigured from her burns. Left eye is permanently sealed shut, scarred tissue looks like ridges and grooves. Half of her face was paralyzed, chucks of hair will never grow back. Scars down her neck and shoulder, half of her chest and upper ribs, all the way down to her hand.
Top Choice: Kate Beckinsale
Honorable Mentions: Rachel Weisz
Queen Channary Blackburn
Age: 25 (dead)
Appearance: Remarkably beautiful, lovely tanned skin and dark chestnut-brown hair that was apparently not a glamour. Eyes that tilted up in the corners as though she was always smiling (might have been a glamour)
Top Choice: Jessica Parker Kennedy
Top Choice: Ian Anthony Dale
Appearance: Dark brown skin, different colored braids, “changeable with emotion” eyes.
Top Choice: Coco Jones
Honorable Mention: China Anne McClaine
Linh Adri (Stepmother)
Top Choice: Michelle Yeoh
Linh Pearl (Mean Stepsister)
Top Choice: Arden Cho
Linh Peony (Nicer stepsister)
Top Choice: Lana Condor
Thurmatage Sybil Mira
Appearance: Olive skinned, waist length black hair, beautiful, statuesque and tall, cold grey eyes, 5’9.
Top Choice: Priyanka Chopra
Honorable Mention: Odette Annabel, Moran Atias
Thurmatage Aimery Park
Appearance: Dark skinned, piercing eyes.
Top Choice: Sinqua Walls
Honorable Mention: Blair Underwood, Brandon Fobbs, Jonathan Wesley, Djimon Hounsou
So this is the list of our fan casting. So, someone give me a call, I would be glad to help out. Cinder the first book could fill two seasons, or at least a season and a half. Each book could literally be 1 1/2 or two seasons.
What do you think of this fan casting? Let me know in the comments below! If you have a different idea for a character, definitely let me know! You may find someone better!