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Old Nov 29 2008, 09:28 PM   #1
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This topic always comes around every so often. For me, it was provoked by Patrick Rothfuss blogging about a new site called Storycasting.com, which is a shiny new site where you can sort of fantasy-cast actors to books. Kind of cool that someone's put the website tech to this ever-popular fandom speculation topic.

I cast Edward James Olmos as Peter Reidinger IV for The Rowan. Who would you cast in the Talent universe, and why?

Edward James Olmos doesn't physically look exactly how I imagine Reidinger to look in the books, but I think he could very easily pull off the gruff, powerful-minded Earth Prime quite well.

As for the rest of the cast...I'm still thinking about that. ::think think think::
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Old Nov 30 2008, 06:10 AM   #2
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"Twilight" "Stephanie Meyer" "Lemme look, lemme look", just excuse my hubby dearest at the moment, he's currently into that series at the moment, whilst I'm trying to have a look myself at Dom's site.
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WOW, Tilda Swenson is fantastic a pic for the Rowan...especialy with the white hair. But I don't care for your pick as Peter Reidinger...don't know who I would pick yet...but not him...sorry.
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Old Feb 17 2009, 01:31 AM   #4
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Rowan...................Michelle Pfeifer
Jeff Raven..............Robert Hayes
Afra Lyon...............Rene Auberjonois
Peter Reidinger IV....Gil Gerard
Isthia Raven...........June Lockheart
Siglen....................Elizabeth Taylor

Damia Raven-Lyon...Alyssa Milano

more to come as I think on it.....
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Hey you! Long time no see!

I am having a hard time seeing most of those choices in the roles, but it's probably because I don't watch much TV or many movies, so I've not seen them in action.
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Old Feb 19 2009, 12:34 AM   #6
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I'm sorry Max....I don't see any of those as characters in the *Talent* series either...especially Gil Gerard for Redinger, although I can't think of anyone at this moment for him either.
I will try to think on it and see if I can come up with someone. I think I've consentrated on the *pern* character so much, I just haven't given the other books a clear thought about what their character look like.
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I'm sorry Max....I don't see any of those as characters in the *Talent* series either...especially Gil Gerard for Redinger, although I can't think of anyone at this moment for him either.
I will try to think on it and see if I can come up with someone. I think I've consentrated on the *pern* character so much, I just haven't given the other books a clear thought about what their character look like.
When thinking of who I would cast in those roles, I have to separate myself from the actuall visualisation of the people in the books. Much like casting directors would do if they too had previous experience with a well known set of characters. I chose Gil Gerard based on the fact that he could very much pull off the gruff and intimidating manner that Reidinger always seems to carry. James Brolin could also do a sufficient job at the roll, but I think Gerard fits the role better.

This kind of "experiementation" is difficult when done by "fans" because they are often the worst people to critique a movie or show based on a popular series of books.

Obviously my "visions" of Reidinger and the others are much different.....as can be seen in my graphic representations of them.

I must admit though, the parts of Rowan and Damia were most difficult, because I am so completely imprinted by the actual artwork by Romas that for a time I was unable to think of anyone suitable.

The cover art done by Romas in my estimation is the most acurate portrayal of those characters......I would go so far as to say that they ARE perfectly rendered. Any other book cover released by another artist is just.....art.

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Old Feb 20 2009, 01:02 AM   #8
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Sorry Max...IMO...how can you not use, what Anne discribes in her books as a basis for what the characters look like.

Other wise aren't you just picking out who you think might go with how the character acts...thats not going to make a well rounded representation of Anne's character.

I think we really need to go on all that she has written for us about her characters.

Other wise Afra could end up being human...AAARRRRGGGGGgggg...and The Rowan could be a red head...you really need to take in consideration what Anne wrote for them to looked like...
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Rene Auberjonois is certainly too old to play Afra, even in TTATH. I'm afraid I can't see EJO as Peter Reidinger either.

Peter Reidinger IV... Jonathan Frakes (with some reddish dye in his hair and beard)

I'll think about the others later...
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Old Feb 20 2009, 12:24 PM   #10
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Sorry Max...IMO...how can you not use, what Anne discribes in her books as a basis for what the characters look like.

Other wise aren't you just picking out who you think might go with how the character acts...thats not going to make a well rounded representation of Anne's character.

I think we really need to go on all that she has written for us about her characters.

Other wise Afra could end up being human...AAARRRRGGGGGgggg...and The Rowan could be a red head...you really need to take in consideration what Anne wrote for them to looked like...

Oh Indeed I do agree my fine Lady, but I'm looking on it with a director's perspective.....and you also have to consider that actors can be made to look like anything the special effects teams can think up. It wouldn't be hard at all to create Afra's very distinct features on a human actor.

It's hard bringing such well known characters to life on film, because people are so intimate with them......they have grown with them and therefore have expectations that a director/producer must address.

So you may not get someone who looks exactly how you pictured them, but you may surely get as close a representation as the special affects teams technology can create....which in today's realm....is vast.

I have read the talent series many times......but it was only my first time that I actually tried to cast the characters with actors that I knew. Or even people that I knew in real life. The second time I read the series.....things changed drastically....the characters took on a life of their own...so a vision of their appearance and manner became solidified in my minds eye. When I read the books now....I can't picture actors in their places.....I merely picture the individuals who have been so richly rendered in words.


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Rene Auberjonois is certainly too old to play Afra, even in TTATH. I'm afraid I can't see EJO as Peter Reidinger either.

Peter Reidinger IV... Jonathan Frakes (with some reddish dye in his hair and beard)

I'll think about the others later...
Amazing that you should say that, Johnathan Frakes is one of the people I used as a photo reference for my digital render of Reidinger.

Very good choice indeed....he has that quality too.
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Max...Weeeell at least not until you find one of those characters living out here in the real world...when that happens your going to go on a desparate search to find the rest of them...believe me when I say this...and I have been on that kind of hunt for ages now with the Pern Characters............

Keep looking my friend, and you will find them out and about just waiting for you to say WOWEEEEEEEEEEE, soooo there you are...ok in a deaper voice than me...but WOWeeee works for me on the occasion I find one of them.
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Max...Weeeell at least not until you find one of those characters living out here in the real world...when that happens your going to go on a desparate search to find the rest of them...believe me when I say this...and I have been on that kind of hunt for ages now with the Pern Characters............

Keep looking my friend, and you will find them out and about just waiting for you to say WOWEEEEEEEEEEE, soooo there you are...ok in a deaper voice than me...but WOWeeee works for me on the occasion I find one of them.
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Hey you! Long time no see!

I am having a hard time seeing most of those choices in the roles, but it's probably because I don't watch much TV or many movies, so I've not seen them in action.
Yes it has been a while. Nice to see all of you again.


If you're having a hard time picturing those choices in those roles I can fix that......*que maniacal laughter here*.......muhahahahahahaha

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Max...I can hardly wait. You do such amazing computer characters!!!
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It's not the best quality, but here's something I doodled when I was bored earlier.



With the lovely Michelle Pfiefer as The Rowan and Robert Hayes as Jeff Raven.
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Those could work.
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WOW, WOW, WOW Max...you really have something there...that is really would work.!!!!

I never thought of Michelle Pfeiffer...but what you have there is lovely. Put her into action and that would be the Rowan!!! Say who do you have in the background with her...and I don't mean Jeff...but the actor?????
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WOW, WOW, WOW Max...you really have something there...that is really would work.!!!!

I never thought of Michelle Pfeiffer...but what you have there is lovely. Put her into action and that would be the Rowan!!! Say who do you have in the background with her...and I don't mean Jeff...but the actor?????
That is actor Robert Hayes of Airplane! fame, among other things, I particularly enjoyed his performance in the shortlived sci fi series Starman. Here is his IMDB page if you're interested in other things he's done: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001332/

Now of course these two are far too old to play the parts now, but when you are playing what ifs, I suppose ages don't really matter.

IF we wanted to cast those roles for younger more contemporary actors......well theres a whole new experiment isn't it? Who out there today could capture the essence and stature of the Rowan and convey that on screen?

If you guys can come up with contemporary actors to fit those roles, I will transform them into a Poster/book cover type deal just as I did above....

Should be fun to see what names you can pull out of your delisciously devilish brains.

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Max...I will certainly give it a go...I love those stories and the Raven clan. I would LOVE to see who you would put together from this time of actors, for an up to date Movie poster.
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Oh geez. Tilda Swinton gives me the creeps. That's a bit harsh I know. She's a great actress...just someone else for ROwan. And I'm no help. No suggestions at this time.
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For some reason Josh Hartnett comes to mind for me as Afra.

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Afra is human. I think his greenish skin and yellow eyes come from a genetic adaptation for living on Altair. Even one of his daughters had 'em.
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The eyes yeah, but not the skin.

Anne never said so, but the adaptation must have been artificially induced, it wouldn't have happened in 300 years or so on its own. If it had, the starting gene pool would have been very small, possibly as small as two people, meaning most original colonists would've been left without descendants.
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I think you mean Capella, and not Altair - Altair is where the Rowan is from, and Capella is Afra's homeworld.

The Capellans are acknowledged human stock. It is possible that the coloration is a result of their enviroment, rather than purposeful gene manipulation - there may be an organism or other material in their diet or air/water sources that causes changes to pigment cells, of a more lasting nature than we're familiar with.
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Colm Meany should be someone. It's almost a law in Irish movies that you have to have Colm Meany so let's do reverse casting and find a role in there for him then everything else will fall into place.
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Eann... he could be one of Jeff Raven'c uncles or cousins.
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