Casting Call Fantasy Author Renee Scattergood
I’d like to welcome back fantasy author Renee Scattergood. I met Renee through my LinkedIn connections and interviewed her the first time on August 20, 2014. I have also beta read for Renee in this delightful and unique series. Welcome back Renee.
Who I’d Cast If Shadow Stalker Were a Movie
By Renee Scattergood
(Note: Cast links will take you to google photo of actor)
I don’t actually think about these things when I write, but I thought it might be something fun to do. For the most part I picked people who were close in age to the characters, looked similar to how I picture them in my head and/or I’ve seen them in other films and they reminded me of the character. So here’s my cast:
For Auren (the main character) I chose Maisie Williams, who plays (played?) Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. I’ve never seen it nor have I heard of her before, but it was her little round face that drew me to her. She looks exactly how I’ve pictured Auren, except Auren’s hair is longer than the picture I’ve seen of Maisie.
I picked Gerard Butler for Kado (Auren’s foster father and mentor). I’ve always pictured Liam Neeson in my mind for him, but Liam is too old for the part. Sorry, Liam. Gerard was in the movie Olympus Has Fallen (among other things), and I just found out he did the voice for Stoick the Vast in How to Train Your Dragon 2! How cool is that? Anyway, he does look the part.
Deakan Nix (Auren’s friend from school) was a hard one, but I eventually settled on Jackson Odell, who was in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, plays (played?) Ari Caldwell in The Goldbergs, and has made appearances on other TV shows as well. Oddly, one of the guys I had in mind for Deakan was the guy who played Percy Jackson… maybe it’s the name.
His counterpart, Jade Tobin (Auren’s best friend), was a bit easier for me. As soon as I saw Bella Thorne, I knew she was perfect. She’s exactly how I’ve pictured Jade. Bella has been in the movies Blended and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and has also made appearances in several TV shows.
Drevin (the evil—well mostly twisted and psychotic—emperor of the Galvadi Empire) wasn’t that difficult either. I had to give Liam Neeson a part, of course, and well… he does play a pretty convincing bad guy. 😉
Zain (Auren’s father) was easy as well. Sir Ian McKellan was my first choice. Seriously, if I have to mention what movies he’s been in, you need to get out more.
Cathnor (Kado’s foster brother) was a bit more difficult, but only because there were quite a few actors I would have picked for him. In the end, though, I settled on Rufus Sewel because he just had the right look. Rufus has been in too many movies to list, but the latest was The Devil’s Hand.
I knew right from the start who I wanted for Calista (Kado’s niece and Cathnor’s foster daughter). Ashley Greene’s bubbly personality as the character Alice in the Twilight Saga is exactly how I pictured Calista to be.
Sephir (Shai’s foster father) is a bit of a rogue and the only person I could think to fit his personality is Paul Brettany Of course, he’d have to dye that hair. Since Auren doesn’t have much interaction with Sephir, he’s not seen much in the Shadow Stalker series, but he will be one of the POV character in the series of novels I’m working on. Paul is another one with an endless list of movies to his name, but my favorite is his role as Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale. And OMG! He did the voice of Jarvis! I did not know…
It was a toss-up between two actresses for Shai (Kado’s daughter and Sephir’s foster daughter), but I thought Helen Colliander looked more like how I have pictured her. Helen plays (played?) Olivia Wheaton in the Hartland TV series and Ramona Benson in Being Human.
Last, but not least is Makari (Drevin’s son). He’s new on the scene, but he is going to play a big role in future episodes and is also a POV characters in the series of novels, Savior of the Serpent Isles. He was a hard one because he is a relatively new character even for me. I knew I wanted Drevin to have a son, but his role in the story was a relatively recent decision. My final choice for Makari was Nathan Kress, who was in the movie Into the Storm and made appearances on several TV shows. My main reason for picking him was his looks. Makari is meant to be gorgeous, but at the same time have a very young appearance for his age.
Shadow Stalker: Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6)
The Hidden Truth (Episode 1)
A young shadow stalker is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles, and the Galvadi Empire want this child of prophecy dead. Auren Trasks perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2)
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Shadows’ Betrayal (Episode 3)
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Forbidden Love (Episode 4)
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5)
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6)
Cathnor has been arrested and is facing a death sentence. The Dark Isle is out of control, and Kado is the only one who can help his people. So he prepares Auren for the possibility that she may have to leave the Dark Isle without him and face her destiny alone, but can she leave him and do what must be done?
Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker series, and she has also published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter on her blog: Renee Writes
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