Novelists, have you “dreamcast the film adaptation of your book? Many do! If you do it early enough in the process of writing your novel, it can be very helpful. Though I understand that the reality of having your book turned into a film can sometimes not be a very pleasant experience. I was amused by this quote from the blog My Book, the Movie:
They would ask me what actors I saw in the roles. I would tell them, and they’d say, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ And that would be the end of it. (Elmore Leonard, in 2000, on the extent of his input for Hollywood’s adaptation of his novels).
Here’s my dream cast for Mystical Circles:
Juliet, my main protagonist, who hurries to the Cotswolds to rescue her sister from a charismatic cult leader: Jennifer Lawrence
Zoe, Juliet’s younger sister: Saoirse Ronan
Theo, a troubled priest: Bradley James
Rory, a strange young man with a mysterious “thorn in the flesh”: Johnny Depp
Edgar, obsessed with getting new recruits to fill out questionnaires: Matt Smith
Al, an American visitor: John Goodman
Llewellyn, a Welsh poet: Rhys Ifans
Don, the cult leader’s disenchanted father: Bill Nighy
Oleg, a Russian visitor: David Tennant
Sam, a nervous youth, here on his GP’s recommendation to recover from an unhealthy mutually interdependent relationship with his twin brother: Matt Baynton
Laura, flighty girl-woman of indeterminate age: Sarah Hadland
Craig, the cult leader: Tom Hiddleston
James, urbane and elegant, Craig’s former mentor from Edinburgh University who inspired him to set up the cult in the first place: Benedict Cumberbatch
Patrick, an Irish handyman and gardener: James Nesbitt
Beth, an insecure and tense young woman: Zooey Deschanel
And having chosen the cast, here is my dream production company: Working Title Films.
And finally, the Director: Debbie Isitt.
Look out for the third edition of Mystical Circles with a new cover design. It will be published by Luminarie on 30 August 2017.