The main focus of my YA series is, of course, the children, but there are quite a few adults who are a part of their world–some helpful and others dangerous. Here’s the last of the “casting call” I made when I first wrote it.
Euphemia Spencer is not a nice woman. She’s prideful, shallow, and status-seeking, but she acts from a deep well of pain and disappointment. I like Celia Imrie for this character.
Mardsden Coyle, the local vicar, is a dangerous zealot. He appears at first as rather milquetoast, but that can change in a heartbeat. People get hurt because of his religious beliefs. I originally chose Ian Hart for this character, and I’ll stick with that choice.
This is the sad one, and I’m having a lot of difficulty “recasting” another actor in this role. Fact is, Heath Ledger would’ve been absolutely perfect for Stephen Devlin. Violent and charming, damaging and damaged, Stephen is probably more complicated than any other character I’ve written. Replacing Mr. Ledger in my imagination is taking me far afield from other actors “like” him.
As if life weren’t dangerous enough for Emma, James, and all the other Were with Devlin as captain of the Were-Guard, now the sinister Bram Fitzwilliam is on the scene. An unknown quantity, all the children understand is that they’re in more danger than ever before. It would be a shame to disfigure someone as handsome as Ioan Gruffudd in a movie, but he was definitely the one for the part ten years ago.
I definitely have a replacement for Mr. Gruffudd in mind. He’s just on the edge of being too old now, I think. Other characters who need to be “recast” are still up in the air, but I’ll post about that once I get it sorted. Please leave your thoughts about possibilities in the comments! It’s always interesting to see what others see in their minds, even if it doesn’t always match up with my own imagination. So far, I have already have a new character from the second book “cast,” just based on someone’s suggestion!