Who Will We Get for the Movie?



I imagine that every author gives at least a fleeting thought to which actors Hollywood will get to play the novel’s main characters.

It’s been an honor during the past several weeks to have the Book Whore Book Club discussing Bella. Don’t let the name fool you; these some very savvy and thoughtful readers.

Each week founder Danielle Perez posts questions that club members answer online. One recent set of answers can be found here.

In a previous round, Danielle asked which actors readers would like to see play the parts of Bella, the mysterious widow, and Dan, the D.C. reporter she enlists to help reveal the truth about her husband’s death. It’s no secret that during this quest, the two learn harsh lessons about the power of temptation, the futility of revenge, and the consequences of yielding to either, even for a moment.

Actors mentioned by club members included, for Bella: Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Monica Belluci, Eva Mendes, and Zoe Saldana. For Dan, they liked: Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Michael Gladis, Bruce Willis, and Richard Gere.

No one picked my top choices: Jessica Alba, and Brandon Routh.

Here’s the latest round of Q&A from Danielle and the club.

And if you have any others you’d like to see in the starring roles, let me know and I’ll pass on the names if the movie folks come knocking.



4 Comments so far »

  1. Jack Durish said,

    Wrote on June 16, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    Actually, someone suggested that I should populate a character in my head with the actor/actress who we would like to see play the role. The idea being that this would help me better visualize the character and how they might look and act. I tried it once and became very frustrated that I could not cast an actress to play the role of my principal female protagonist. It gave me more sleepless nights than just writing the role using the woman I envisioned in my head.


    Steve Piacente Reply:

    To me that’s putting the cart in front of the horse, Jack, almost like trying to write a novel based on what genre is hot at the moment. Focus groups may work for politicians, but I think writers have to write what’s in their heads and hearts. Thanks much for weighing in!


  2. Darrell Debuhr said,

    Wrote on May 5, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Eva Mendes appeared in Will Smith’s video “Miami” and the Pet Shop Boys’ music video for “Se a vida é (That’s the way life is)” in 1996 and Aerosmith’s video “Hole in My Soul” in 1997. She also appeared in the video for The End Has No End by The Strokes in 2004. *^

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    Steve Piacente Reply:

    Eva would be a winner, Darrell. Thanks for coming by!


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