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Fancasting: Bringing Favorite Book Characters to Life (Part II)

As I have mentioned previously on this blog, I’m not just an avid reader, but a colossal movie/TV nerd as well. So it should come as no surprise that while reading, I often picture whom I would cast in a screen adaptation of the book.

So, since Fox 2000 already beat me to casting Amandla Stenberg in the upcoming film adaptation of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (HECK. YES.), I thought it was high time for another installment of fancasting.

Here we go with some of my most recent obsessions:


Book: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Character: Percy Newton

Cast: Lucien Laviscount

I agonized over this one for a bit because PERCYYYY. I'll admit, I have a weakness for Nice Boys (which is partially why Captain America > Iron Man forever and no one will ever convince me otherwise). Percy is a good friend, the kind of guy who tries valiantly to keep his rakish bestie out of trouble (lol bless him for trying), and is just plain sweet. <3 x infinity.

Where do you probably know Lucien from?


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I first saw him on Supernatural as a one-episode-and-done character, but he has since gotten steadier work, mostly in TV. First he was on Scream Queens and then later in the randomly-pretty-great Crackle series Snatch, which was loosely based on the movie of the same name. Not sure what his next long-term project will be, but I’ll be there for it.    

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Book: Night Speed by Chris Howard

Character: Alana West

Cast: Bex Taylor-Klaus

There was not a single second while reading Night Speed when I was picturing someone besides Bex as Alana, a jaded teen recruited to chase down drug-fueled criminals through the streets of New York. She’s angry, but vulnerable, driven by equal parts guilt and vengeance. Plus she can totally rock a leather jacket, something Bex has already proven that she can also do.

Where do you probably know Bex from?


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Best known I would guess from Arrow, which is where I first saw her and quite frankly if they had given her character, Sin, a spin-off (…a SIN-OFF, if you will) I 10/10 would watch. Most recently though she’s starred in the Scream TV show and voiced a character in Voltron. And apparently she was cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, which I did not know about but pleases me greatly!

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 Book: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Character: Max Holden

Cast: Herman Tømmeraas

“WHO?!” Trust me on this one, friends. Max is the bad boy next door. He’s angry at the world, but cares deeply for the ones he loves. He’s flawed, but irresistible. He’s kind, but a bit of a player. He’s hot, but also a hot mess. Know what I mean? Well, Herman is actually known for playing a somewhat similar-on-the-outside character whom it is ALSO a terrible idea to kiss. Chris definitely lacks Max’s emotional depth, but that’s not a bad reflection on HT’s acting skillz, it’s just who the character is.

Where do you probably know Herman from?


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Skam. Literally just Skam. Which you either have never even heard of, or you know EXACTLY what it is and are unequivocally OBSESSED with. 

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Well, that’s a wrap on this episode of fancasting. What do you think, Swooners? Am I completely wrong? What are some of your favorite fancasts? Share in the comments, and don’t forget to check out Part I

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