Although JK Rowling's new book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," has been getting lukewarm reviews, we're willing to bet that the novel will eventually be adapted for the silver screen. It's full of dramatic twists and turns, which is unsurprising coming from the mind behind the Harry Potter series, books beloved for their engaging stories rather than their less-than-eloquent language.
Rowling said in an interview with USA Today that her new book wouldn't translate well into a movie. She says, "Personally, I don’t think this is a very filmable book. That is one of the things I like about it. I think it’s a very novelly novel in that a lot of what goes on happens internally. You need to understand what’s going on inside people’s heads. So even though a lot happens in the novel, part of the appeal of it for me is that so much of it happens in people’s interior life, and film isn’t necessarily the best medium to portray that."
Still, Yahoo! Movies says the recent trend in Dickensian films means Rowling's book could very well be picked up by an American or British production company.
If the book is adapted, it'll be a doozy to cast, as it features nearly 20 intergal characters, including a pair of romantic, angsty teenage boys, a secretly OCD high school administrator, and an underprivileged athlete struggling to remain optimistic.
Here's who we'd cast in Rowling's small-town class saga. Let us know if you agree in the comments!:
<strong>Paul Giamatti</strong> could play the beloved, kind-hearted, elusive Barry, who serves as an unknowing catalyst for a small town's disaster.
<strong>Shailene Woodley</strong> was excellent as the troubled daughter in "The Descendants," so she could be perfect for Krystal Weedon, a complex character who represents the tragedies and optimism of The Fields.
<strong>Melissa Leo</strong>'s amazing performance in "The Fighter" showed that she's the perfect actress to play the tragically drug-addicted Terri.
<strong>John Goodman</strong> could play the almost comically maniacal deli owner and city council chairperson.
<strong>Aaron Eckhart</strong> could play Howard's son, the prim owner of a law firm.
<strong>Nicole Kidman</strong> could play Samantha, a disgruntled bra shop salesgirl who is bored by her priggish husband.
<strong>Thomas Haden Church</strong>, who stars in "Sideways," plays a villain in "Spiderman 3," and plays a friendly teacher in "Easy A," could play the secretly OCD vice principle, Colin.
The loopy, loving "Desperate Housewives" star <strong>Teri Hatcher</strong> could play the high school guidance counselor, Tessa.
Stuart "Fats" Wall
One of the more complex characters, "Fats" is a bullying Nietzsche-lover who redeems his mistakes in a bold way. <strong>Paul Dano</strong>'s roles in "Little Miss Sunshine" and "There Will Be Blood" prove he could handle the part.
<strong>Josh Hutcherson</strong> (Peeta from "The Hunger Games") could play the often meek and romantic Andrew, who befriends "Fats," loathes his father and is hopelessly in love with Gaia.
Andrew's corrupt father who bullies his kids could be played by Jason Bateman, who showed his darker side in "Juno."
<strong>Noomi Rapace</strong>, the star of "Prometheus" and the Swedish version of "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" could play the case worker who is perceived as an outsider for her idealistic views.
<strong>Vanessa Hudgens</strong> could play Kay's daughter, and the object of Andrew Price's lust.
Hugely famous Bollywood actress <strong>Kajol</strong> could play the town's scrupulous doctor, Parminder.
Disney star <strong>Nicole Gale Anderson</strong> could play Parminder's bullied teen daughter.
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