Back in the heyday of Livejournal, I looooooved fancasts. I’d hunt them down like a bloodhound, and I tended to create many myself! Because I’m slowly becoming obsessed with V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series (who isn’t?), I of course started picturing who I would want cast in the roles. And since the series is also being turned into a TV show, hopefully soon, this is all the more timely!
FYI, I’m 80% into A Conjuring of Light but not done yet, so please, no spoilers!
So here we go:
KELL (FREDDIE FOX)
Finding someone for Kell was hard, and not just because I’d rather have Alfie Enoch in the role. His looks are very particular, and he needs to give off that aura of seriousness. I think Freddie could be great assuming the makeup team puts in a lot of work. I also considered Caleb Landry Jones who also has appropriate looks, but I’ve actually never seen either of these two act. In this particular picture, though, Freddie looks perfect.
LILA (MEDALION RAHIMI)
Lila was the easiest person to cast! I first saw Medalion on the prematurely cancelled (seriously, don’t get me started on this) Shondaland drama Still Star Crossed. She plays a princess, a role entirely different from thief and cutthroat Delilah Bard, but seeing her act, I think she can bring ferocity to the role. She’s also very striking, and she’s a woman of color! Others I considered were Nina Dobrev (light of my life) and Anya Taylor-Joy.
RHY (ELLIOT KNIGHT)
Elliot is so handsome and he can play charming rogue and serious prince very well. I’ve seen him on Sinbad and Once Upon a Time, two completely opposite roles, but he’s been brilliant in both.
ALUCARD (DENIZ AKDENIZ)
I mean. Look at him. Need I say more? He looks the part and he oozes charm. He played Aladdin on Once Upon a Time and had a small guest role on Jane the Virgin. Not only were both roles superbly acted, but he also managed to be incredibly seductive in both, which is exactly what this role needs.
HOLLAND (TOM BURKE)
As far as I know, the popular fancast for Holland is Mads Mikkelsen, which I would support wholeheartedly, only Mads is much older than how I picture Holland. Tom is thirty-six, which is exactly the age I picture Holland. After watching him play Athos on BBC’s The Musketeers, I know for certain he will be able to convey Holland’s calm, dry wit and emotional trauma.
So what do y’all think? Did I choose right? Did I choose totally and utterly wrong? Who did you have in mind for these characters? What other characters in the books do you have castings in mind for? Tell me in the comments!