Tuesday, April 30, 2013

You Oughta be in Pictures: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It's been quite a while since we decided on our dream cast for a movie version of a book. Our children's librarian Rachel (who is spending the summer at Shirlington, so you should all say hi) is casting one of our favorites: Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a moody, dramatic story just waiting to be made into a movie. It’s got a deadly competition, two main characters who need to win, romance, family tension, and just a sliver of hope for new beginnings. And it’s all set on a strange Irish island called Thisby—talk about a landscape that can provide sweeping, cinematic views. We decided to help out Hollywood and cast some of the main characters:

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Sean Kendrick – Skandar Keynes
Skandar Keynes is best known for his portrayal of the spoiled traitor turned brave and fair King Edmund in the Chronicles of Narnia series. But we think he can push himself to become the dark, brooding Sean Kendrick of the Scorpio Races. And we know he can ride a horse.

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Puck Connolly – Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning has the kind of pastoral beauty that you can imagine thriving on the wild island of Thisby. But she also has a grit to her that Puck Connolly has to harness to survive the Scorpio Races. Plus, she would make a killer redhead.

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Mutt Malvern – Ryan Merriman
Ryan Merriman has been in a number of things, but I know him best from my guilty pleasure Pretty Little Liars as the manipulative bully Ian Thomas. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see him as the thuggish and jealous Mutt Malvern.

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Finn Connolly – Eddie Redmayne
Finn Connolly is probably my favorite character in Scorpio Races. Even though he plays a small—yet crucial—role, Maggie Stiefvater has painted his portrait so clearly as the gentle but haunted younger brother to Puck. Eddie Redmayne—yes, I know, he’s way older than Elle Fanning—naturally has that same serious, ghostly quality to him.

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