To celebrate the release of her new book, I asked her to put together her fantasy cast for CAN’T GO BACK. Warning: beautiful people, a man bun, and a Hemsworth brother ahead!
Marie: Leading man, Griffin Daniels, would be played by British model, Jacey Elthalion. Griffin is the lead singer and bassist for the up and coming band, Mine Shaft. To see Griffin’s gorgeous ink displayed on Jacey’s body would be a dream come true! And I may need to be resuscitated afterward!
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Marie: The beautiful and talented Amanda Seyfried would play Griffin’s leading lady/best friend/lover, Jillian Lawson. It’s fun to image how gorgeous Amanda would look sporting Jillian’s rainbow colored hair.
Tegan: I’ve enjoyed Amanda’s acting ever since I first saw her on HBO’s Big Love!
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Marie: Thorin “Thor” Kline is Griffin’s best friend, roommate, band mate, and Mine Shaft’s guitarist. He would be played by the swoon worthy Liam Hemsworth. Keep the scruffy beard, give him a buzz cut, and he’d be the perfect, brooding Thor. (Ha! I just noticed that his brother actually played Thor! Funny!)
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Marie: Adam Long is Griffin’s friend and band mate, and Mine Shaft’s drummer. Colton Haynes is my choice to play hotheaded Adam.
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Marie: Meet Pauly, another of Griffin’s friends and band mates. Pauly is the keyboardist for Mine Shaft. I envision Pauly being brought to life by Brock O’Hurn. He’s the hottie that pops up on Pinterest, wearing the to-die-for man bun. Pauly is a big, burly, loveable dude who loves his man bun, too!
Tegan: My hubs has a beard… I’m now thinking that I need to request he work on acquiring a man bun to complement it!
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Marie: Stephanie “Nee” Hamilton is a tatted, pierced redheaded spitfire. She’s a badass rocker who joins Mine Shaft for a few months. She also has the super power of keeping the guys in line! She’d be played by singer/rapper Kreayshawn.
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Marie: Ren Daniels, Griffin’s sister, is a fun-loving girl who loves to give Griff a hard time—as all older sisters should to their little brothers! Rachel McAdams is one of my favorite actresses, and I think she’d make the perfect Ren.
Tegan: She’s so adorbs!
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Tegan: Which characters were the most difficult to cast and why?
Marie: My hero, Griffin, was the hardest to cast. Taking on the painstaking task of looking at hundreds of smoldering hot guys, I could never find one person who embodied Griffin totally. One guy’s hair would be perfect, and another guy’s body, the eyes of another, and so on. You see the conundrum. To me, no real person can live up to the character I created. But, when I stumbled upon Jacey Ethalion, I could absolutely see him as Griffin.
Tegan: You’ve given us a peek at your amazing fantasy cast. Do you have any preferences for who you’d want working behind the scenes to bring your book to the big screen?
Marie: Cinematographer- John Mathieson. He was the cinematographer on some of my favorite movies (Phantom of the Opera and X-Men: First Class). He’s also credited with the new movie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. that I’m dying to see!
Director- Elizabeth Banks. I love Elizabeth Banks as an actress, she is so versatile—able to play such a wide array of characters. But, I was enamored with her directorial debut, helming Pitch Perfect 2. I’m such a huge fan of the first Pitch Perfect that I had reservations about the second, but Ms. Banks did a fantastic job! It would be an honor to have her direct my fantasy movie adaptation of CAN’T GO
Score Composer- John Williams. The score to Jurassic Park is my absolute favorite movie score of all time. Sometimes, I even play it to stir my muse as I’m writing. It’s sweeping, moving, and gorgeous. I’m sure Mr. Williams would capture all the right emotions in the score for CAN’T GO BACK!
Tegan: Tell us what you’d wear to walk the red carpet at the premiere of CAN’T GO BACK.
Marie: I’d wear a floor-length, off the shoulder, navy blue Alexander McQueen design. It’s fitting that Sandra Bullock wore this dress to the Oscar’s too, I have been told many times that I look like her.
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Tegan: What would be the best part about seeing your book adapted for the big screen?
Marie: The best part of seeing CAN’T GO BACK adapted for the big screen would be seeing my characters come to life. Right now, they live in my head (and the heads of my readers), but to hear them speak, see them interact with one another; for the actors to breathe life into them, that would be so incredibly magical!
And it would be really cool to hear some of the lines and passages I wrote in the booming surround sound of a theater! Oh, and to hear Griffin sing… my heart would totally stop beating!
Thank you so much, Tegan! This was a lot of fun! Maybe one day, I’ll get to live this dream!