This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is Favorite Fancasts, an awesome topic!
Y’all don’t know how much I struggled with this! I tried to think as outside of the box as I could. Here goes!
JASMINE CEPHAS-JONES AS NINA ZENIK
I know the ages don’t match, as Jasmine is almost thirty, but Rachel and I were literally just talking about how amazing it would be to see Six of Crows turned into an aged-up gritty Starz/HBO show with Cillian Murphy playing Kaz. If that ever did happen, there’s no one I’d rather have play Nina, who is my favorite character in Six of Crows. Known mostly for her roles as Peggy Schyler and Mariah Reynolds in the musical Hamilton, Jasmine has also has some bit parts in TV shows here and there. She’s freaking gorgeous and has that spark of fire needed to play Nina.
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY AS AGNIESZKA
Ever since I discovered Anya Taylor-Joy in the rather terrible film Split, she has been my Agnieszka. I wasn’t feeling up to changing hair colors in Photoshop, which is why she’s blond here, but have her dye her hair dark brown and she’d be perfect. In the book, Agnieszka is described as plain, and while Anya is anything but, I think she is not traditionally pretty and has a haunting, striking quality that would be perfect for this creepy fairy tale.
ANNA POPPLEWELL AS LADA DRACUL
And speaking of not being traditionally pretty! Personally, I think Anna is absolutely gorgeous, but she’s definitely unique looking. Lada, a gender-bent alternate universe version of Vlad the Impaler, is described as ugly and hard-looking. I think that were Anna to go without makeup she would actually pull off Lada spectacularly. She’s also got those clear, depth-less eyes that are more than a little creepy. I’ve always wanted to see her play someone evil or morally ambiguous, and I think Lada could be a great, meaty role for her.
GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI AS BARU CORMORANT
I don’t even remember what Baru looks like at this point, but I know I want Golshifteh to play her. If you know me you know The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of my favorite books, and it is one of the most heart-breaking things I’ve ever read. Golshifteh always has this perpetually sad, pensive look to her that would make her excellent for Baru, an accountant turned rebel and spy fighting against the Empire that colonized her home. I’ve always pictured Baru as somewhat serious and sharp-looking and I think Golshifteh embodies that aesthetic nicely.
GEORGIE HENLEY AS SAFIYA “SAFI” FON HASSTREL
Before anyone asks, I’ve actually never watched Narnia films, and it is by pure coincidence that Anna and Georgie both ended up on this list. Anyway, when looking for someone to play Safi, I knew I wanted something different than the generically pretty blonde actresses I tend to see fancast as her. Above all Safi is fiery, contrary, and mischievous, so I wanted an actress who could be very pretty but could also look just as comfortable plotting a heist. For that I thought Georgie suited this role very well.
What are your thoughts on my choices? I loooove talking fancasts so please let me know in the comments!