To kick the New Year off, here is a bit of fun. As the final instalment of The Hobbit continues to play in cinemas and my own epic fantasy takes flight and hits Waterstones and Amazon, it got me thinking…
This is probably every author’s dream, to have their book fully realised and immortalised in film, but hopefully in an epic Lord of the Rings quality film and not an ill-conceived damp squib Dungeons and Dragons or Eragon cinematic outing!
So, for my flight of fantasy, here is my White Mountain – The Movie! (Are you listening filmmakers? Hey, a girl can dream!)
Peter Jackson made an awesome trilogy of films with LOTR but then made the Hobbits films…ah, disappointment, so no, he wouldn’t be my choice. For me, despite a few duds along his cinematic career, it really could only be one Director – a visionary filmmaker, director of my favourite all-time film, Blade Runner, not to mention Alien, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, lol, even Kingdom of Heaven! The one and only Ridley Scott! This, is a director who puts the ‘epic’ in epic filmmaking and has to have about the best visual eye in the business! 😀
Mr. Marval Agyk – played by Christopher Plummer. Scruffy, eccentric, mercurial, warm hearted and a humanist, most unusual in mages of the ancient order. Intensely protective of those he loves but flawed, as too often he allows himself to be ruled by his heart over his head.
Gralen – voiced by Rufus Sewell. Impulsive, rash, quick to anger and laughter, fiercely loyal, ruled by his stomach. Thought to be the last of his kind/bloodline, the last Eurasian dragon still in existence, he is as head strong as he is stubborn.
Wendya Undokki – played by Gemma Arterton or Natalie Portman. Somewhat of a hermit. Distrusting of outsiders, humans and the modern world, fragile but capable of great strength, melancholic, conflicted. In many ways, a lost soul scarred by the tragedies of her past and fearful of the future.
Korrun (of Koralan) – played by Henry Cavill. Angst-ridden, revenge driven, guilt laden, an outsider in every sense. A highly skilled warrior and tracker, he is a survivor, quick witted and suspicious of all. Impulsive, quick to make enemies and slow to make friends he is however, intensely loyal.
King Dorrol (of Kallorm) – played by John Hurt. Wonderfully flamboyant but frail ruler of Kallorm. Warm hearted, jovial, intelligent but plagued by doubts for the future of his people and the decisions he has made.
King Baillum (of Fendellin) – played by Alan Rickman. Distant, highly intelligent, cold, a warrior king in the classic sense who inspires loyalty rather than love from his people.
Frell, son of Baillum – played by Emile Hirsch. Ruled by duty and blind obedience to his father, who he seeks approval from. A skilled fighter and captain, but plagued by self-doubt and mistakes from the past.
Lord Tollam – played by Patrick Stewart. Jovial, strong, warm of heart. Wistful and keenly aware of everything around him, he is as perceptive as he is kind. Inspires devotion and love from his people and his son.
Hallm, son of Tollam – played by Ben Barnes. Confident, self-assured captain, master of horses, devoted son. Known as much for his playful nature, as for his skills as a warrior. A cavalier character, he is very protective of his father.
Lord Nerrus – played by Ciaran Hinds. Strong leader to his people, serious but capable of humour, albeit grim. Fiercely protective of his daughter who he adores, but scarred by past tragedies.
Orrla, daughter of Nerrus – played by Felicity Jones. Courageous and skilled captain, beloved daughter and strong leader, she is keen to prove her abilities as a master of horses and warrior. Hides her feelings for Frell due to their positions and responsibilities.
Lord Lorrin – played by Kenneth Cranham. Beleaguered Lord, a pessimist or realist he would say. Keenly aware of the decline of his people and the coming war to end all wars. Courageous and grim in equal measure, but fiercely loyal.
Sedgewick – voiced by Ian McKellan. The great patriarch of the Fendellin dragons (fÿrrens), powerful, aged, kind. He is the beloved leader of his people and defender of Fendellin. Sworn enemy of Morreck and Varkul, his servant, who brutally killed Sedgewick’s son.
Varkul – voiced by Jeremy Irons or Bryan Cranston possibly? (any suggestions?) Without redemption, Varkul is as powerful as he is cruel. Known as the ‘dragon killer’, this evil servant and devoted acolyte of Morreck, has been known to feed off his victims.
Morreck/M’Sorreck ‘The Corruptor’ – The beautiful and charismatic villain of the book played by either Brad Pitt, Alexander Skarsgard or Michael Fassbender. The epitome of evil in every sense. Capable of corrupting the pure, ‘turning’ loyal subjects into crazed killers and brother against brother, Morreck craves absolute power and the ‘purification’ of the planet (the annihilation of the ‘plague of humanity’).
A silly bit of fun, eh? 😀
So there you go…my dream movie cast! Next time, a gallery of film locations! 😀 xxx
To read the book BEFORE the movie, grab yourself a copy now!
UK Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Mountain-The-Darkling-Chronicles/dp/1909845973/
US Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/White-Mountain-The-Darkling-Chronicles/dp/1909845973/
From your blog to Hollywood’s ear, right? White Mountain would make an epic movie! If it’s up to me, I vote in favor of it.
Lol, thank you Tricia, so much. Lol, yes that really would be a dream come true! 😀 xxx
What a wonderful cast! So many great actors here – they would definitely do White Mountain justice. Like Tricia said – from your blog to Hollywood’s ear! 😀
Lol, wouldn’t that be great?! Thanks sweetie! Though I’m thinking that maybe Natalie Portman might be better as Wendya? In acting terms, I think she could do the traumatic stuff, emotional stuff better? What d’you think? 😀
Natalie Portman is definitely wonderful, but the only thing I’ve seen Felicity Jones in is Northanger Abbey, and I loved her in that. 😀
I’ve seen her in more stuff over here, she was wonderful opposite Ralph Fiennes playing Charles Dickens young mistress. I think she could pull off the battle scenes and being a very active military commander as well as the softer stuff. 😀
I kinda wanna watch Northanger Abbey tonight now. I think I even have it at home. Maybe I can talk Miss Tadpole into watching it with me… 😀
Ooo… WHAT a stellar cast! And OF COURSE you’d write the screenplay – right???
LOL!!!!! Of course!!!!! We’d have to be extras! 😀
Ooh, what a gallery of pretty people to see first thing in the morning! Yeah, I’d watch this….
Thanks honey, lol, just choose the people that best fit the charcaters, though in acting terms I think Natalie Portman has better acting chops, so she’d probably be a better choice to play the darker traumatic/emotional stuff. 😀
Wow … your visiual imagination freely soarin …
I can see my first book, ‘Course of Mirrors,’ still awaiting publication, as a wonderful film, but I haven’t got further than Colin Farrel for the male twin roles 🙂
Oooooo…that sounds very interesting! 😀 xx
Loving your cast ~ a #Dream Team indeed! Rickman, Hinds, Sewell, Stewart, Cranham, McKellan, Hurt, Plummer and how many to play The Corruptor?~so many great actors~ it’s a difficult choice. If this was ever made~ it’s surely a #WINNER. Enjoyed reading and viewing the rather wonderful cast. Best Wishes….
Thank you Dorothy! Lol, being such a film buff, I always envisonaged White Mountain as a movie while I was writing it. Some great cinematic sweeps, the steppes of Mongolia, Siberia, the dark recesses of the Congo… but it certainly was a lot of fun casting the parts! Originally I had the lovely Peter O’Toole as flamboyant and fragile King Dorrol, but I think John Hurt would do equally as well. Morreck the Corruptor is a hard one to choose…has to be attractive, charismatic, someone you could easily seduce anyone… Cheers honey. 😀
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You would make a terrific job as a casting agent 🙂
LOL! Ah, thank you sweetie! I would love to work in movies. When I was 13 and again at 18 when I took my career advice multi-choice test thingy, the two careers I was mosted suited for, was writer or film director, casting director was in there too! 😀 Oh well, in another life, eh? 😀 xx