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31 March 2009 @ 09:53 am

I have just received two early copies of THE PRETENDER’S CROWN. It is, in my ever-so-humble opinion, absolutely beautiful. In fact, it’s so pretty it makes me want to re-read it, which isn’t all that usual. :)

So! I have two copies. One must go on my Shelf Of Books I Wrote, but the other, I think, cries out to be sent into the world. So there will be a contest!

Ted has suggested a Casting Call Contest. I will be the director. You will be the Casting Agents. The book will go to the person who builds what is to my mind the best complete cast for THE QUEEN’S BASTARD. The integral characters, therefore, are Belinda Primrose, Robert Drake, Lorraine Walter, Sandalia de Costa, Javier de Castille, Eliza Beaulieu, Marius Poulin, and Sacha Asselin. Bonus points for also casting Dmitri Leontyev, Rodrigo de Costa, Irina Durova, and Akilina Pankejeff. And I’ll be really impressed if you also cast Viktor, Ilyana and the gondola boy. :)

The parts don’t have to be cast with current actors, I wouldn’t say, or people at their current ages. That makes it more fun, I think. :)

Here’s the catch: I only have the one copy to send out, and this post goes out at mizkit.com, cemurphy.net, mizkit.livejournal.com, Facebook, and if I can figure out how to make it work automatically, at Myspace. I expect answers will come in from most of those places, so you might not see the winning entry wherever you actually do your own answering. I will, of course, post the winning entry here.

Let’s see. I’ll choose a winner Thursday evening my time, so we’ll call the contest closed at noon EST on Thursday, April 2.

Have at!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
irishkateirishkate on March 31st, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
Gah - can't even begin to consider this until I get HOME.....

hmm, perhaps on the car journey I can start to plot.
ruford42 on March 31st, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Ahh... Being a guy who can't even name but a handful of actors counts sooo against me, then again the guy part might be an even larger handicap as well my mind sorta stops with the shot panning in on the rise and fall of a bared back before swinging around to catch the throat and uplifted face of Jennifer Gardner as Belinda Primrose (Like come on, who else am I going to imagine as a dastardly female spy anyway?! Well maybe Peta Wison who would make a yummy Eliza) -- though it's at this point I sort of forget to try to look down and figure out who in the world might be playing Victor...

Arghhh...Guess I'm waiting on Amazon's release :)
kehazenkehazen on March 31st, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
There are a few that I'm not 100% about, but I pulled out my copy of The Queen's Bastard more than two hours ago and have turned my brain to mush trying to come up with actors, so they'll have to do. Alas, I know of no website where I can search actors based on age/hair color/eye color/etc so this is based on actors I could think of off the top of my head and some may need hair dye/colored contacts.

Belinda Primrose - Anne Hathaway
Robert Drake - Daniel Craig
Lorraine Walter - Judi Dench
Sandalia de Costa - Salma Hayek
Javier de Castille - this was the hardest for me, I wanted to say someone like Ewan McGregor or Paul Bettany but both are too old, so the best I could do was Justin Hartley with a dye job
Eliza Beaulieu - Kristen Bell (would need to dye the hair and cut it, but seems like she could pull off Eliza's attitude)
Marius Poulin - John Francis Daley
Sacha Asselin - Jason Segel
Dmitri Leontyev - Javier Bardem
Rodrigo de Costa - Hugh Laurie
Irina Durova - Monica Bellucci
Akilina Pankejeff - Fran Drescher
Viktor - Peter Sarsgaard (from when he had the beard)
Ilyana - Scarlett Johansson
Gondola Boy - Moises Arias
Ana di Meo - Eva Green
kitmizkit on March 31st, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, good on you for thinking of Ana. I can't believe I forgot her!
Big Ferretbigferret on April 1st, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to ask you if you recalled me winning a copy of the TPC for guessing the number of pages after you edited it last year.

If you don't it isn't a big deal, but you mentioned you forgot things.

kitmizkit on April 1st, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
I recall now that I've been reminded! And I have your address, and will send you a copy as soon as I've got the proper author's copies, ok? These are like the cutting-edge ones and I'm greedy and want to keep one for myself. :)
Big Ferretbigferret on April 1st, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
No worries. I can wait. I just wanted to ask since I am reading TQB right now and it was on my mind.

kitmizkit on April 1st, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
It's good that you asked because I'm very very forgetful. :)
mayakdamayakda on April 1st, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)

Casting call, hmmm ...