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07 April 2009 @ 06:33 pm
contest winner  

Holy crap. Only three people entered the TPC give-away contest, but they did a bloody fantastic job. In the end, I’ve chosen the one with my favorite suggestion for Belinda, although some of the other casting ideas were inspired.

So the winner is Thao Nguyen from Facebook, who gave the following cast for THE QUEEN’S BASTARD:

Belinda - Michelle Trachtenberg
Javier - Kyle Schmid
Lorraine Walter - Tilda Swinton
Eliza Beaulieu - Natalie Portman
Lord Drake - Eric Braeden
Marius Poulin - Henry Cavill
Sacha Asselin - Paul Walker
Sandalia - Orla Brady
Irina - Cate Blanchett
Akilina - Shirley Henderson
Rodrigo - Javier Bardem
Dmitri - Clive Owen
Gondola Boy - Jim Sturgess

Thao observed that the girl on the cover of THE QUEEN’S BASTARD *looked* like Michelle Trachtenberg, which I’d noticed too, so that’s a double-win for her. :)

The most interesting thing about this contest, for me, is that not one of the actors is somebody I’d thought of when I ‘cast’ this book in my mind–and TQB is about the only book I’ve ever cast anybody for. I *love* the choices people made, but it’s fascinating to see the different ideas!

ytd wordcount: 93,100
miles to Minas Tirith: 165

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Alix (Tersa): Hazel-Rah (tersa)tersa on April 7th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd had a clearer memory of the characters from that book in my head. But awesome! :)

(I'd also be interested in the other casting suggestions, since there were only 2. :)

Edited at 2009-04-07 08:48 pm (UTC)
kit: inheritorscyclemizkit on April 7th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, sure!

Belinda Primrose - Eliza Dushku
Javier de Castille - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Robert Drake - Sean Connery
Sandalia de Costa - Angelina Jolie
Lorraine Walter - Siri Svegler
Eliza Beaulieu - Emilie De Ravin (dark hair)
Marius Pulin - Henry Cavill
Sascha Asselin - Charlie Hunnam
Dmitri Leontyev - Peter Stormare
Rodrigo de Costa - Antonio Banderas
Irina Durova - Olga Kurylenko
Akilina Pankejeff - Natalie Portman
Ilyana - Scarlett Johansson
Ana Di Meo - Zooey Deschanel
Victor - Viggo Morensen, bearded
Gondola boy - Corbin Bleu

I thought the choice for Irina was particularly lovely, in that set. And the other set:

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
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

I think Paul Bettany is an inspired choice for Javier, and although I hadn't htought about it, of course Ilyana would be Scarlett Johansson. I think out of that particular cast list I'd have made Eva Green Akilina, instead, and cast somebody else as Ana, but Daniel Craig would make a killer Robert. :)

See? I thought they were all good! :)

Edited at 2009-04-07 09:13 pm (UTC)
Kate Kirbykirbyk on April 7th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)

I'm about 125 pages in (started it on a plane on Sunday), and a lot of these choices are really good. :) (I like the book so far too. And not just because it gives me lots of opportunities to visualize boobies. But it does, so that's bonus!)