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Matt Tomerlin: Casting the Movie of My Book

December 6th, 2012

The heroine, Katherine Lindsay would require a young, fearless actress who is able to effectively portray the character's emotional journey and evolution. At the end of the story, Katherine is barely recognizable from the timid girl in the first chapter. A daring, versatile actress like Emilia Clarke, who currently plays Daenerys on Game of Thrones, would be best. Another great choice would be Lyndsy Fonseca, who is demonstrating a lot of range on Nikita.

Several readers have told me they picture Daniel Craig as Captain Jonathan Griffith, and I can't argue with that one. Griffith is commanding, charming, deadly, and sometimes vulnerable. I think Craig has effectively conveyed all of these qualities in his various roles.

Ray Stevenson, who played the villain on the latest season of Dexter, would be ideal for the sadistic quartermaster, Edward Livingston (as long as he wouldn't mind shaving his head bald). I'd love to see Josh Hutcherson as young deckhand Nathan Adams, who is basically the Jim Hawkins of this tale. For Douglas Thatcher, the tortured surgeon who is being held against his will, I can't think of anyone better than Timothy Spall, who played Wormtail in the Harry Potter movies. As I wrote the beautiful Spanish strumpet, Annabelle (whose role is much larger in the sequel, The Devil's Tide), I pictured a young Salma Hayek. Sandra Echeverría convincingly played the daughter of Hayek's character in Savages, so she would be great.

I'm sure there are plenty of actors I haven't thought of who could sink their teeth into these characters, but that's my dream cast.

About Matt Tomerlin

Matt Tomerlin was born in 1979 in sunny Southern California. He has written two novels, The Devil's Fire and The Devil's Tide both part of a pirate adventure series. He is currently working on "The Devil's Horizon". Tomerlin currently resides in Murrieta, California.

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