Happy Sunday everyone! I am happy to have author, Audrey Greathouse, on the blog today discussing the dream cast for The Neverland Wars and revealing the cover & blurb for The Piper’s Price!
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I think every author imagines their novel as a movie at some point…and stalks celebrities on iMDB.com for inspiration. So, without further ado, I present Audrey’s Dream Cast for The Neverland Wars… a.k.a. How Familiar Are You With Child Actors?
First of all, I have to give Gwen to Mackenzie Foy. She was adorable in Breaking Dawn as Renesme, but she really won me over with her
performance in Interstellar. Most people still think of her as a child actress even though she’s a teenager now. I think that if The Neverland Wars was made into a movie it would be really interesting to cast people who are the actual ageof the characters… as opposed to these twenty-somethings you see playing high school students in most movies. I feel like when Mackenzie walked on screen people would be surprised. Yes, she’s actually a teenager. This is what teenagers really look like… young.
Madeline McGraw is my pick for Rosemary. Extremely new to acting, she’s only known for her role in American Sniper. Still, I think she has the right look. Fluff up that hair a bit and she’d be a dead-ringer for Rosemary in my eyes.
For Gwen’s best friend, Claire, I pick another actual-teenager: Abigail Breslin. Although I wasn’t psyched about the Ender’s Game movie, I thought she did a commendable job with what she was given as the character of Valentine, and of course I love her from Little Miss Sunshine.
For the youngest of my lost children, Spurt, I’d cast Ian Chen. He’s an adorable pipsqueak on screen, and Fresh Off the Boat will hopefully launch him further in acting. I’d love to see him play the hyper-active and insanely energetic rascal character.
For the best friends Sal and Newt, I’d give the roles to two very different children: Pierce Gagnon (Looper) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) These boys have made names for themselves in serious movies, but when I look at them out of character, their natural smiles remind me so much of Sal and Newt.
Blink is a no-brainer for me. Jenna Ortega might not have done much yet (she was the Vice President’s daughter in Iron Man 3) but she is a beautiful young lady who I think could balance the happiness of childhood with Blink’s innately mellow personality.
Abby Ryder Fortson (Cassie from the movie Antman) would be Jam. What really sold me on her was the look she’s giving in this picture. That has bossy little Jam written all over it, and I feel like Jam’s bratty-but-lovable temperament would be an easy role for any young actress.
To be honest, at this point I was pretty much out of child actors I could remember! But a little digging around the interwebs brought Danielle Parker to my attention, and I could tell she would make a perfect Bard.
Finally, for Peter Pan, I couldn’t cast anyone besides Asa Butterfield. Once again, I thought he did well with what he was given as the protagonist of the Ender’s Game movie, and he was just wonderful in Hugo (the adaptation of one of my favorite books – the The Invention of Hugo Cabret.) He’s had serious acting chops from the gate (just look at The Boy in Striped Pajamas…) and I think he looks perfect for the role. He’s a teenager, but he is the poster boy for boyish charm and youthful good looks.
It’s funny how some of these actors don’t look quite how I described the characters in the book, and yet they just call to me as the right people to match to the roles. Here’s to hoping someday someone does does decide to adapt The Neverland Wars to film!
Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous Pied Piper.
Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn’t sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he’s just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that she’s nearly home and meeting with Jay again.
The Piper isn’t the only one hiding from the adults’ war on magic though, and when Gwen goes back to reality, she’ll have to confront one of Peter’s oldest friends… and one of his earliest enemies.
Finally, be sure to join Audrey for her Twitter chat on 8/24!
Find her on Twitter at @missaudreyjoy