Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WIP: The Movie Blogfest...A Little Late

These last four weeks have been crazy, and a really cool blogfest was going on while I was traipsing over three time zones all over this great country of ours. Kyra and Rachel hosted this great idea for a blogfest, and many of my buddies participated. Alas, I didn't get to. If you had to cast a movie based on your WIP, which actors would you chose?

I know many writers who have done this in the past, and for me, it never really made any sense. If anything, it kinda bothered me, as I didn't think I could find actors that would fit my characters. But, duh, they are actors - and there is a lot you can do with make up and such. Being a visual person, this was really just a fun exercise. But I must admit that I do not think of these actors as I'm writing. It's still a cool thing to do for kicks.

So my current project is still in revision hell, trying to get it in descent shape before it goes to my publisher's editor. My novel is titled Dragonfly Warrior, and it's the first book in my Mechanica War series. It's an alternative history - steampunk novel that I've been working on for a pretty long time, and it's publication date is slated for the end of July of 2012.

Here are my choices for casting my cinematic version of my WIP:

Matsuda Shota as Zenjiro
This popular Japanese actor is my choice to play the warrior prince of Nihon sent on a quest to the untamed corner of the world. So idealistic, naive, and pretty arrogant.

Richard (Rick) Mora as Enapay
Rick Mora has been in a cool zombie/cowboy movie, and even had a small part in Twilight. He's a great fit to play the airship pilot hotshot that is my foil to Zenjiro's straight-and-narrow character.

Sienna Guillory as Neva
I first noticed this actress in Eragon, and she was the only bright spot in that movie. Then, she got my attention in playing Jill Valentine in Resident Evil. That's awesome, as Neva is a pistoleer hunting down the man who abducted her son.

Ken Watanabe as Kawatoku
Of course, every successful movie needs some star power. So I chose Ken Watanabe to play the part of Zenjiro's father and emperor of Nihon.

Now the bigger question is, would a movie like this even get made? Some would say no, and that I would need to WHITEWASH my casting (i.e. The Last Airbender, Dragonball Z, and Akira.). And I say to hell with Hollywood whitewashing. My novel has Asian characters, and they will have Asian actors play them damnit. No offense to white people, as I love you all. But I could do several posts on whitewashing.

21 comments:

farawayeyes said...

Interesting blogfest. Interesting characters. I grew up on 'Westerns' and never got the whole 'whitewashing' thing. I mean was I really supposed to think those guys were Indians.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ken Watanabe - excellent choice! And I can think of several Asian directors who would do your story justice.

Rusty Webb said...

I'm not very good with actors and actresses - although I recognize some of them on your list. I'm sure it's be fun to cast a movie based on your novel. I've never envisioned any stars for my works, it would be fun experiment.

Jay Noel said...

farawayeyes: I grew up on Westerns too, and even as a kid, I thought it was laughable. But when I saw Micky Rooney play a Chinese man, that kinda pissed me off.

Alex: He's such a great actor! My book has a lot of action, so John Woo comes to mind.

Rusty: I know many by face, but not by name, so this was pretty tough. I usually don't envision real actors for my characters either, and I think that's why I did it. It was a new challenge.

Stephen Tremp said...

I have such a diverse group of characters in my books from all backgrounds and parts of the world. This keeps things intertesting and allows me to introduce internal conflict from time to time to keep things interesting.

Uh oh. I see your Word Verification (WV) is still on. I'm on a mission to rid the world of this unnecessary evil frustration! Please stop by my blog and select the How To Turn Off Your Word Verification tab and help make the world a better place one blog at a time.

Emily R. King said...

I like the diversity. You have some great actors here!

Jenna Howard said...

Whoa. Thanks for the nudge that I was forgetting something. Since I'm not writing right now, it's the perfect time to tackle version 2!

I love the cast. Ken Watanabe is exactly how I see Kawatoa. And same with Zen.

Okay, getting back to work.You know you are allowed to nag me when I slack off on your manuscript.

Jay Noel said...

Stephen: I'm the same way - I like people from all kinds of backgrounds. Oh, and my word verification has NEVER been on, so you're freaking me out now. I hate it!

Emily: Thanks so much.

Jen: It's getting close to crunch time, so I have another month until I get my draft over to the publisher. Luckily, I farmed the beta reading to a few people - one of which is super detail oriented and is finding all kinds of mistakes.

Jay Noel said...

Okay Stephen, that's so weird. I've never used verification as I really have always hated it. Back in 2005-2008, SPAM was really bad here, so I think I did use it then. But it's gotten so much better...but I swear I never turned it on. But it's off now!!!! Thanks for the head's up.

Ciara said...

I love the diversity and think your book would make an excellent movie with no cast changes.

The Golden Eagle said...

It's great to find stories that have characters with different backgrounds; it's a lot more realistic that way.

The Desert Rocks said...

I like the pictures of those stars and they look like they would make powerful characters. Maybe someone will make a movie of your book someday and of course they'd ask you who to cast in the main roles.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I missed this blogfest as well. It woulda been a fun one. I just forgot who was running it.

Melissa Bradley said...

I loathe whitewashing, too. It doesn't serve any purpose, but to keep people ignorant of all the beauty out there. I love the cast you'd have and I would see the film version of your book in a heartbeat. ;)

Joel Gray said...

That sounds like it would be an interesting book. What is it about in a nutshell?

Jay Noel said...

Ciara: Thanks!

Goldie: Absolutely agree with ya there.

Eve: I'm not sure how much say authors get when their books are made into movies. I guess it depends on how much clout you have. I'm cloutless.

Michael: It was a fun exercise. I used to poo-poo on the idea of doing this, as it seemed like a waste of time. But it's always good to break out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Melissa: I could write a whole book on whitewashing. I will probably post about it in the near future.

Joel: Check out my Dragonfly Warrior tab at the top of my blog!

Melissa Bradley said...

I'm sure you could, Jay. I hope that you do write a post on whitewashing because I would seriously love to read your thoughts.

M Pax said...

I love your cast, Jay. Don't change it. I enjoy reading about different pov's from different cultures. I believe that's part of what escapism into a book or movie is. I think you should write posts on whitewashing. Breaking those molds and stereotypes is something I think we should all strive to do as writers.

Joel Gray said...

I read your plot summary for your book. I sounds like it would be an interesting story. With the computer technology we have today, it could easily be a movie.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks guys!

I will have a post on whitewashing on Monday, March 25th.

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