So here we go! Keep in mind that I first cast these actors ten years ago, so obviously most of them have to be recast. I’m thinking about that, but haven’t come to any conclusions yet.
Giles is the friendly shopkeeper with torn loyalties. He’s kind and helpful, but what exactly is his ulterior motive? Well, don’t look at me. I’m not going to tell you! Here’s Giles, as portrayed by James D’Arcy, who is now too old to play him.
And what about Giles’ irascible Uncle Will? Nobody could be that unpleasant without a reason, could he? Will Emma ever figure out what’s going on with him? And will I keep asking rhetorical questions? No. I’ll stop now. I originally cast Michael Gambon, and I’m good with sticking with that choice.
And then there’s Margaret Spencer. So kind and so fierce, but in so very much inner turmoil and pain. I cast her as Reese Witherspoon, and she will also have to be recast. Here’s how I originally saw her.
And how I love Old Lucy, the prostitute with a heart of gold. Street smart and blowsy, she also has dark secrets and motivations. Ten years ago, the incomparable and fabulous Julie Walters would have been absolutely perfect for the part. Now, at 65, I just can’t justify putting her out on the streets like that.
So it looks as if three of these will have to be recast. Any thoughts?