With so many of my fellow storytellers stepping into the world of film or TV, I can’t help but daydream what it would be like. If I was given carte blanche and allowed to bring my creation to the silver screen, who would I choose?
Throughout the writing process, my characters have taken on a life of their own. To say that I didn’t envision them a certain way would be a lie. Although they have developed more over time, I still picture them a certain way as I write about their adventures. Seeing them in my mind helps me to keep their characteristics separate and their personalities in order.
A lot of people don’t realize this, but most of my characters are based loosely on real people. Not the actors that I would have portray them, but people I knew in the past. And yes, a lot of their personalities was woven into the complex tapestry that is my characters. Let’s pretend for a moment that the squads would be portrayed in film…who would I choose if I could? Well, let’s see.
Colonel Matt Mitchell could only be played by:
Yes, he’s a badass, but so is Mitchell. And it’s his gravelly voice I hear when Mitchell speaks, so the fit is nearly perfect. It’s only a bonus that he’s played military men before.
Alex Rice could pull this one off without a hitch. She’s Native American and fits the bill nicely. Since Lisa Vasquez isn’t an actor…Alex will be a great second choice!
Jack Thompson aka Phoenix
Jason Patric. He may not be everybody else’ first choice as lead operator, but this is who I think of when I think of Jack. I’ve been a fan of his since The Lost Boys.
Sarah Gadon is nearly spot on who I think of when I think of Nadia. Sarah has the chops to pull off the role quite easily.
Apollo Creed Williams
LL Cool J. He may not be a walking monster as Apollo is depicted, but Hollywood has a way of making people appear larger than they are and this guy is a bonafide badass.
Could ONLY be played by Michelle Rodriquez. In fact, it was her role in SWAT that I used as inspiration for Maria. I plucked her from the movie and stuck her into the story. This role was not just created FOR her, it was created BY her.
Adam Brody could pull off the ‘good guy’ vampire nicely. He has an innocent appearance to him and I think he could pull off a 450 year old 20-something.
Kim Coates. Need I say more? This picture LOOKS like Viktor and Coates is such a versatile actor, I think he could bring the character to life.
Okay…so this is just a handful of the characters from the MS series, but they’re the ones that I would choose if I could.
How about you? Any actors stand out in your mind? Who did you picture when you read the stories? Feel free to share. Who knows…you might win me over and make me change my mind.
Now…to convince Hollywood that this story needs to be retold…