Thursday, March 14, 2013

Delirium Casting, Total Books Into Movies And TV News Overload, Plus The Veronica Mars Movie!!!

Hey there, bloggermuffins. i'm back with even more Books Into Movies and TV news. And a lot of the news i've got to share has to do with casting decisions. So let's get down to business so we can then rant and rave about said decisions. Because, trust me, i've got quite a few rants to make, y'all. And also quite a few raves! (Veronica Mars movie!!! Ahhh!!! i'm soooo excited!!!)  

Let's kick it off with Delirium:
You know, for a project that seems to have taken foooooorevvvvver to come together, Delirium has suddenly been tossing out names left and right. Awhile back i told you that Emma Roberts was chosen to play Lena. Which i'm not mad at one little bit because i love Emma Roberts! She's a great actress and i think she'll do a phenom job at capturing both Lena's naivity and her strength.
Recently a few more names were named. Some i'm ok with. Others? Well, we'll come to that in a minute.

Billy Campbell has been cast as Thomas Fineman. Whenever i think of Billy Campbell (which, admittedly, isn't often) i always think of that movie Enough (which is pretty much the ONLY Jennifer Lopez movie that i actually like.) If you haven't seen it, Billy Campbell plays a total dick in it. i mean, at first he's nice and charming. That's why Jennifer Lopez falls for him. But then he turns into an abusive douchebag. So JLo takes their adorable daughter and high tails it outta there. But, being a complete dick, Billy Campbell follows her and they have this huge fight at the end where JLo kicks his ass because while she's been hiding from him, she's also been training and taking karate classes and shit. Long story short, JLo totally kills Billy Campbell. 
Anyhoo, my point (and yes i did have one) is that Billy Campbell can play a very convincing villain. i also think that his stint on The Killing as Darren Richmond will help him channel Mr. Fineman's political side. So, in other words, i'm good with this decision.

And speaking of the Finemans, an actor has also been cast in the role of Julian Fineman. And that actor is Gregg Sulkin. Some of you might know him as Lil Fitz, Ezra's younger brother Wes on Pretty Little Liars. Since i'm not a Julian girl, i don't really care one way or the other about this casting decision. It's fine, i guess. Unlike SOME decisions. (We're just not there yet. But soon, my pretties, soon!) 

The role of Lena's bestie, Hana, has been snagged by Jeanine Mason. i had no idea who this chick was but then i checked imdb and found out that she plays the new girl, Cozette, on Bunheads and she was also on So You Think You Can Dance. So she's evidently more dancer than actor but we'll see how she does with Hana. 

A role that i didn't even know was part of the Delirium universe, that of a Senator Hargrove, has been assigned to Michael Michele. i guess this is supposed to be in place of Mayor Hargrove who we don't even meet until Requiem and even then we don't really meet him. So i don't know why they've changed the character from a Mayor to a Senator or why they've made him into a woman (yeah, don't let the first name fool ya. Michael Michele is a chick) but i guess we'll just have to wait and see what this character is all about.

And now, yes, NOW, for the big steaming pile of casting BULLSHIT!
Daren Kagasoff will play Alex. That's right, friends! Ricky from fucking Secret Life of the American Teenager and his Dylan McKay hair will play my sweet, beloved Alex. This is SUCH BULLSHIT!!! SUCH COMPLETE BULLSHIT!!! UGH! i can't believe this! Of ALL the actors they could have picked, why oh why did it have to be Ricky from fucking Secret Life of the American Teenager and his motherfucking Dylan McKay hair?!?!? WHY?!?!? Ugh, isn't it BAD ENOUGH that Amy from fucking Secret Life of the American motherfucking Teenager is gonna play Tris in the Divergent movie?! Now they have to cast fucking RICKY as my sweet, sweet Alex in Delirium?!?! 
Needless to say, i totes DON'T approve of this decision. :*(


Ok, i could literally complain about this forever so let's just go ahead and move on, guys.
Since i just mentioned Divergent, let's discuss some of the casting choices there. 
We already know that stupid fucking Amy from stupid fucking Secret Life nabbed the role of Tris. And we also already know how i feel about that. But three more actors have been added to the roster.
Zoe Kravitz, daughter of Cinna, will play Christina. Ansel Elgort has been cast as Tris' big bro Caleb. And Maggie Q will play Tori. i'm really excited that Maggie Q is on board and i like her as Tori. Nikita is one of my fave shows and i think if anyone is totes Dauntless it's Maggie Q!

We've talked a lot (or it feels like a lot anyway) about the shuffling around of The Selection TV project. Well it seems like now the whole thing is getting recast. i thought that perhaps Aimee Teegarden's role as America Singer was safe but apparently not. Homegirl has been replaced by someone i don't know named Yael Grobglas.
The role of Prince Maxon has also been recast. It goes to an actor by the (pretty awesome) name Michael Malarkey. i've never heard of him either. But based on his pic on the Hollywood Crush link, he's seems pretty hot, so kudos there, CW.
The final piece to the love triangle, the role of Aspen Leger will be played by Lucien Laviscount an actor i totally don't know as opposed to William Moseley who originally won the role and whom i totally do know from all the Narnia films.
A king and a queen have also been cast. The role of Queen Amberly will be played by Louise Lombard. Never heard of her.
And the role of King Clarkson goes to, get this you guys, GILES!!! From Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!! Yeah! Anthony Head!!! This news is supremely awesome and i totally approve! Now all i have to do is actually READ this book so i'll know if any of these actors are actually right for these roles. Yep, i still haven't read The Selection yet. i guess i should probably get on that. Especially if this new version winds up getting the green light.  

And lastly, the Best News EVER!!! The loooooooooong awaited Veronica Mars movie is finally a go, people!!! i'm sure by now you've all heard the news. How Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas (creator/producer of Veronica Mars NOT the lead singer of Matchbox 20) asked the rabid VM fans for help through donations to the tune of $2 million.  And how in mere hours after the call went out, 09ers and PChers alike dug deep and came up with the cash! And how now the Veronica Mars movie is officially on like Donkey Kong!!!! It's so damn exciting!!! Now check out the vid from Kickstarter and weep with fangirlish tears o' joy! :)

If you'd like to help make the dream a reality, head over to the Kickstarter website where you can donate any amount of dough you'd like. (Last i checked it was already at over $3 million!) But get it in while ya can because the funding will close April 12th.

i think that's about all the excitement (FINALLY a Veronica Mars movie!!!!!!) and the disappointment (Noooooooooo! Ricky from Secret Life! Whhhhhhhhhy?!?!?) i can take in one blog post.
Now i wanna know what you guys think. Give me your rants, raves and everything in between in the comments section!

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