Hollywood Fantasy Draft II: FlixChatter’s Dream Cast

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It’s that time of the year again, the moment lots of movie bloggers/fans have anticipated has arrived. Yep, it’s the second installment of Anomalous Material’s Hollywood Fantasy Draft where we get to be the producer of any movie we could possibly want with any actors we so desire, by selecting them one round at a time.

Since my last pitch was a romantic thriller, this time the genre will be romantic mystery set in Britain and Italy. That’s all I can say about it until my pitch is scheduled to be revealed one week from now. I’m happy to say that I manage to get all the cast and director who I think are perfect for my story, so without further ado, here they are in the order that I selected them:

Round 1

Michael Fassbender, 33
When I picked Michael, I haven’t figured out what my story is going to be about. But now that I’ve figured out my story, I’m glad I picked him. The Irish actor’s star is quickly on the rise in Hollywood due to his great turn in films like 300, Inglourious Basterds, Centurion) and I highly anticipate his upcoming work in Jane Eyre and A Dangerous Method.

Round 2

Rufus Sewell, 43
Since Rufus is on my list of seven talented actors who deserve more leading roles, and I’ve been complaining how underutilized he is in Hollywood, I think he’d be perfect for my story. He’s sooo easy on the eyes but with an enormous talent and versatility to match. Now the trick is finding a leading lady who deserves him.

Round 3

Charlize Theron, 35
I need an exotic beauty who’s intelligent and has an air of mystery about her, Theron would fit the bill nicely. She’ll be sporting a darker hair instead of her usual blond locks, as well as a lot more tan.

Round 4

Joe Wright, 38
I select this English director as I’m impressed with what he did with Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement. For sure this guy can do romance! And since there’s a great deal of mystery and dark undertones in my story, Wright should be able to capture that as well. Plus, his films are always beautifully-shot.

Round 5

Emily Watson, 43
I need a solid mature actress who’s smart and witty for the role of a London novelist. Watson is so under-appreciated despite churning out consistently good performances.

Round 6

Alan Rickman, 64
I’ve always adored Rickman and he always strikes me as a tortured-soul type which would be perfect for this role. If you think he’d be playing a villain, think again. The seasoned Brit is more than a one trick pony. He’ll play the estranged father of Charlize’s character.

Round 7

Rosamund Pike, 31
I need a British young woman to play Charlize’s step sister. Rosamund has impressed me in several movies (except for Die Another Day) and she’ll be a good addition to my cast.

Round 8

Brenda Blethyn, 64
I need a middle-aged actress to fill a sympathetic stepmother role, for that I choose this acclaimed English actress. She has also worked with Joe Wright before in both Atonement and Pride & Prejudice.

Round 9

Rupert Penry-Jones, 40
For the flashback scenes, this London actor will play the younger Alan Rickman as a British naval officer during WWII. Since he played a Naval Captain in BBC’s Persuasion but did not get to wear his navy uniform, I intend to rectify that situation in my movie 😀

Additional Cast

Maggie Smith, 76
Despite the merely 12-year difference, the Dame will play Alan’s mother. The two-time Oscar winner doesn’t have a big part, but certainly an important one in relation to Charlize’s family’s past.

Additional Cast

Alfred Molina, 57
This veteran English actor is ever so versatile he’s been known to play various ethnicity, due to his Spanish & Italian heritage. In fact, the first time I saw him was as an Iranian in Not Without My Daughter. In my movie he’ll be playing Charlize’s Italian uncle.

Additional Cast

Alessandro Nivola, 38
I’ve been impressed by Nivola in several films, i.e. Junebug, Mansfield Park. In the latter he played a flirtatious Henry Crawford so he’ll be using that devilish charm once again here as an Italian stranger. Nivola’s actually part Italian as his paternal grandfather was the Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola.

So there you have it. Now the question is, would you pay to see a movie with this kind of cast?

53 thoughts on “Hollywood Fantasy Draft II: FlixChatter’s Dream Cast

  1. Mike

    I’d pay to see that flick, cause you’d need me to! Wow, what a budget that one would require to actually get made. Alfred Molina, Rickman, Watson, Charlize Theron and Rufus Sewell each on their own aren’t cheap. Seriously though, you couldn’t go wrong with any two or three of them in a film.

    1. Actually, none of them are A-listers or major movie stars like Tom Cruise that cost $20 mil a pop. So I think the main budget would go to the production and on-location shoots… and since I’m the producer, I’d spend money on getting a REALLY good screenwriter 😀

          1. Mike

            Hey, I obviously have no clue about current movie budgets. Ruth says 100 million is about average. I must be like Dr. Evil from the 1960’s, threatening to blow up Washington DC unless they pay 1 MILLION dollars.

            100 million for a movie just seems beyond my comprehension …

            1. Well, average by Hollywood blockbuster standards, but I think this movie realistically can be made with about $60-75 million budget as most of my cast aren’t incredibly expensive. The priciest would be Charlize as she got $10 million for Aeon Flux, but since the movie wasn’t a hit, I don’t know if she can demand that high of a salary now. Besides, for a chance to work with a good director/cast, she’d probably willing to work for about half of that. I’d say, the budget for casting this one would be around $40 (including the director’s salary) and the rest can be used for production and on-location shoots. Throw in an extra $3 mil for marketing maybe? Ha..ha.. I think a REAL producer would laugh in my face reading my silly attempt to do their job.

  2. Emily Watson in the 5th is a steal. I would have taken a running back with my first pick, but a talented German actor like Fassbender will get you a lot of points (particularly with critics)

    1. “…actor like Fassbender will get you a lot of points (particularly with critics)” Not to mention the ladies 😉 Glad you like Watson, too. She’s so good even in her brief scenes in Equilibrium and as an American in Wah, Wah.

        1. If Rickman is joining Vikings, I promise I’ll dress up in all-purple getup (yes, with the thorny helmet, too!) and do a cheerleader dance on the field!!

          As for Favre… let’s just wish the bloke a happy retirement. His body will thank him.

      1. I personally think Fassbender’s stats are inflated because he worked with Tarantino. I also worry about injury. He didn’t eat for the entire film Hunger. That had to put some wear and tear on him.

      2. It’s more of an ensemble cast, Castor, no single actor is ‘carrying’ the movie which is the way I like it. But if it were, I have no doubt Fassbender can do it, he pretty much did in Centurion.

  3. I like all of your choices except Charlice Theron…something about her bugs me and I’m not sure why…and I certainly wouldn’t call her an “exotic beauty”.
    Love seeing Rosamund Pike on your list though 🙂

    1. Aw come on, John, she’s blond in like 99% of her movies. A little variety can’t hurt for any actress and don’t worry, she’ll be as gorgeous as ever in my movie.

  4. PrairieGirl

    Since I’ve already read the novel your film is based on, all I can say is you really nailed it with the cast, and more than one excites ME (RS, MF)! I sure wish I could just snap my fingers and voila – the movie would be made!

  5. Is that a rtm cast without Gerald Butler!?!

    I think i should inform him his spot as your movie boyfreind is getting some close competition from Rufus =D

    Anyways, the cast seems alright. There isn’t anyone that really excites me to be honest, although i think fans of brits would probably be extremely pleased with it

    1. He..he… I knew someone’s gonna mention that. Well technically the rule is you can’t pick someone from the first pitch until the 4th round and by then I already have my main cast set. Rufus has been a close competition for a while now and Fassbender is quickly getting there (especially as Rochester, YOWZA!)

      Yeah, my cast might not be everyone’s cup of tea but like you said, fans of British cinema would hopefully like it.

      1. Yeah, actually the way it is looking right now the cast for my movie won’t have deborah in it…but next pitch she will probably be in

        I’ve actually been watching a british show called SKins, and in the last episode i watched one of the actors really impressed me

  6. Vince

    Very nice – love Emily Watson. My god somebody recommended Breaking the Waves but I’ve had enough von Trier for a very long while…

  7. I would give MY SOUL for this movie to be made with that cast and director and for me to see it right now. Joe Wright is one of my favorite directors and the cast is too perfect for words. I mean Fassbender, Penry-Jones, and Nivola alone would make this a must-see for me.

    1. Woah! Thank you Ryan… no, no need to give me your soul, just your ten bucks 😀 Well glad you like them guys… all of these people (with the exception of Theron & Fassbender who are already in various projects) need to be in more movies!

    1. YAY! For some reason I remember you said you like Molina. I almost cast him in Rickman’s role as a former naval captain but I think he’s better off in the role I’ve got for him now.

      THANK YOU for your super kind words about Hearts Want. It’d be the ultimate dream come true if somehow I could get it in front of Scott or Dalton to just simply READ it.

  8. Ted S.

    I’d see anything with Charlize Theron, hopefully those rumors about her being the lead in the new Alien film are true.

  9. Adore Fassbender, Rupert is my guy, love Charlize, bowing to Brenda and Maggie, love RufRuf, don’t like Joe since I find him cold and visionless, and I don’t like Rosamund Pike (but I will keep quiet since I’m glad you didn’t put Keira in the film :)), but you reminded me of this Alessandro Nivola, I’ never known his name, but I did watch him in many films and liked him.

    1. We must be kindred spirits Dez. I just left you a comment and came back here & saw yours!

      Joe Wright visionless? Oh my Dezzy, you’re tough to please aren’t you? Well, at least you like the cast… and no, Keira just doesn’t fit in my story, plus I prefer people with a bit of meat on their body! Nivola is great, which films of his have you seen, Dez? Did you know he’s Emily Mortimer’s husband? I’m sooo jealous of her. I mean she gets to do a movie with Gerry Berry and then go home to him? WOW!

      1. well ATONEMENT had everything but vision and a good female actress, everything else was there and it still wasn’t a great film although they had a brilliant story to work with 🙂
        I had to Google Emily Mortimer to see who it is 🙂 I do know her, but I didn’t know her by name. They are a cute couple, their kids will look like cute little mice 🙂 I watched him in LAUREL CANYON and MANSFIELD PARK, and COCO AVANT CHANEL and he’s magnetic in this picture particularly:

        1. Oh right, Laurel Canyon! Naughty boy he was in that one. Mortimer is GB’s co-star in Dear Frankie Dezzy, don’t tell me you haven’t seen that film! Yes, they are a cute couple indeed and let me tell you, I kind of linger quite a while searching pics for Mr. Nivola… he’s VERY photogenic!

  10. Corinne

    This cast sounds great. Love a lot of the Brits myself. But as I was reading all the comments, Keith Spillett mentioned Brett Farve as a possible “joke” older more experienced player. Hey, don’t laugh, I would love to see him in a movie! Maybe that’s his next career move.

    1. Corinne, he already was in a movie! And from that 5-minute screen time, I think we all know the acting world is better off without Mr. Fa-v-ray… 😀

      1. PrairieGirl

        Yes, I saw him in the movie There’s Something About Mary… and there’s something about Favre too – to put it nicely, it was a good thing he stayed with football!

  11. Ahaha I half-expected some football stats to go with your draft picks.”Michael Fassbender, 33: I picked Fassbender for his speed and tackling ability. He has been an underrated player so far but he will used to his full potential on my team!”

    This cast is so Un-American!

    1. Well I’m no football fan but your MF football stat is spot on!

      Sorry Captain America, no disrespect to you sir but I’m simply staying true to the novel 😀 And besides, Alessandro is actually American, so there.

  12. Aha…you finally posted your draft 😉
    I am still wondering with your book for your pitch. But you said it’s romantic thriller…hmm I probably haven’t read the book since I never been into any romantic book

    1. It’s not a hugely popular novel so you probably haven’t read it. My friend Prairiegirl lent it to me and I like the premise. I’m actually the opposite of you, I like a bit of romance in my novel, though not exactly the Harlequin variety. Oh and this time it’s a romantic mystery, not thriller, that was my first one.

      1. I don’t read much popular books my self.
        Ups, sorry for the mistake 🙂
        I read romance when it is only the seasoning of the story not the main idea…and that is the reason why I would never touch Twillight 😉

        When will your pitch come out?

  13. I’m excited to see what you have for us Ruth. I’m working on mine (2 weeks left). I thought you might be going in a particular direction, but you’ve sparked my interest even more by adding Alfred Molina especially into the mix!

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