We are happy to have Thea Harrison guest posting today!
My Casting of the Elder Races Heroes (to date)
When I sat down to write this posting for Smexy Books, my thoughts naturally turned to what I find smexy about the heroes in my Elder Races series. Then I thought almost immediately about pictures. So the following is a list of my personal casting for the heroes in the series (so far).
Dragos, from DRAGON BOUND. Now I have to admit, I’ve spun around and around trying to cast this one. Daniel Craig isn’t big enough. I’m sorry, I want him to be because I really think he’s got the capacity to pull off Dragos’s sharp-edged “machete” smiles, but he just isn’t. For a while I was really happy to go with Jason Mamoa (MOOBS!) as Dragos. But then I saw Joe Manganiello in an episode of True Blood, and I haven’t been able to shift from him since. I think he would make an awesome Dragos!
Tiago. Everybody who has read STORM’S HEART by now knows that Tiago looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “only meaner.” I’m not even sure my own brain has the capacity to imagine that, as Dwayne Johnson looks pretty darn scary when he’s got his mad face going on.
Rune. I will always have a special spot in my heart for Rune. He’s just got something. The following is an excerpt from Rune’s POV in SERPENT’S KISS: “Not only did Rune like chick flicks and women’s fashions, but he also knew how to stop and ask for directions when he was lost. Plus he was secure in his masculinity. He might be one of the world’s only four gryphons, but he figured if you added those qualities up with all the rest, it made him unique as all shit.” Like when I saw Joe Manganiello in action, as soon as I watched some excerpts from Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau became Rune in my mind. You can watch him in action:
In the Game of Thrones, the actor plays Jaime Lannister, who is not a sympathetic character—Lannister has an incestuous relationship with his sister and is capable of killing a child. But even with all of this firmly fixed in my mind, I just can’t believe Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is evil when I watch him. The YouTube trailer captures something really pretty spectacular that I keep seeing as Rune.
Gideon Riehl, Detective, Wyr Division of Violent Crime in NYPD. Samhain Publishing will be putting out an Elder Races novella in December of this year, entitled TRUE COLORS. The novella is set outside the main storylines in the books, so someone can read and enjoy it on its own. In fact, that is how my Samhain Editor first read the story. I adored writing Gideon’s story too, and I swear to you, it is not just my liking (obsession) with Daniel Craig that makes him such a good fit to portray Gideon’s character! Daniel Craig, 5’ 10”, is still shorter than Gideon, but everything else is such a perfect fit, I’m willing to forget all about that!
And then there’s Khalil, the hero for book four, ORACLE’S MOON (scheduled release in March, 2012). Khalil is something altogether different—I adored writing his character and I hope the readers enjoy him just as much. The reader gets a very brief look at Khalil in STORM’S HEART: “Long raven-black hair whipped around an elegant spare, pale inhuman face. Narrowed crystalline diamond eyes showed through the strands. The rest of his body solidified. He was as tall as Tiago but he had a lean graceful frame that matched his face.” One of my roommates, while she was reading the draft, started sending me photos of what she thought Khalil might look like. I know that Gandy’s been used for some BDB fan casting, but I think what my roommate found fits Khalil beautifully!
So there you have it folks—my ideal casting for all the Elder Races heroes! Now all we need to do is get the actors to sign a deal with a major TV or movie studio, and we could get to see them in action!
What actors do you see portraying your favorite characters from other books?
I happen to have an extra brand new copy of Serpent’s Kiss to give away today. Answer Thea’s question above to enter. Open to everyone through October 8th.