Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Captives: A Fancast

 While books are being adapted into films all the time, there are still many stories that I love with no adaption in sight. One such story is the Safe Lands Series by Jill Williamson.

 Back cover copy: In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many--including his fiancée, Jem--taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.
 Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago ... and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar's dreams.
 Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands' walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands' façade before it's too late?


 Since there is probably no film on the horizon for this fantastic dystopian series, I enlisted my friend, Will Cloud, to help me create a fancast with actors we think would play the parts well. Without further ado, here is our fancast of Captives by Jill Williamson.

Levi: Taron Egerton

 Every story needs a tough guy and a leader. Levi, the oldest brother in Captives, fills this role easily. He's tough and stubborn, and I think Egerton could pull off the role. As a growing star, playing one of the leads in a refreshing take on dystopian fiction could push him to even greater heights.

Mason: Liam Aiken

 Mason, the middle brother of Captives, has always been my favorite. He's smart and clever, using his brain instead of jumping into decisions rashly. I've only seen Liam Aiken in A Series of Unfortunate Events from way back in 2004, but he impressed me then, and he looks perfect for Mason to me.

Omar: Tom Holland

 Tom Holland doesn't have the longest list of credits to his name, but he has made his mark already as an actor. His stardom is pretty much cemented now that he's playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel films. Will initially suggested Holland as a choice for Mason, but when I looked at the actor, all I could see was Omar. With pale skin and the serious expression the above photo reveals, he seems a good match for the moody, artistic younger brother of Mason and Levi.

Ciddah: Brie Larson

 Will suggested Brie Larson to play the part of Ciddah, a Safe Lands medic who works in surrogacy. Ciddah is supposed to be a pretty girl with light hair and skin that appears flawless. Judging by her recent win for Best Actress, Brie Larson could definitely pull the role of Ciddah off.

Shaylinn: Auli'i Cravalho

 Shaylinn is a girl from the same village as Levi, Mason, and Omar. In fact, she is the younger sister of Levi's taken girlfriend, Jemma. While Cravalho hasn't appeared in anything but the upcoming Disney film Moana (voicing Moana), I think she fits well as Shaylinn.

Otley: Vincent D'Onofrio

 Every story needs villains, and head enforcer Otley is one of the worst. Cruel and prejudiced, there is nothing likeable about this character. While Vincent D'Onofrio is a bit old to play him, with some dye, make-up, and the many piercings Otley wears on his face, it could be pulled off. After all, the Safe Lands are not easy on the skin. Will recommended this guy.

Lawton: Adam Driver

 Also suggested by Will is Adam Driver to play Task Director General Lawton Renzor. Driver is on the other end of the spectrum, probably a bit too young to play Renzor, but with a bit of make-up, he could also be pretty persuasive in the role. Renzor is another villainous character, and I think Driver could play it well, showing off a calmer side than his acting for Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens.

 And that's it! Captives has a large cast, so I've only cast most of the major players.

What's a book or series that would love to see adapted for film?