Dream Casting of DEAD RINGER
Which real celebs would play sweet soccer-star Charlie, Queen Bee Laura, and all the other addictive characters if DEAD RINGER became a movie?
Hi, book lovers!
I would be lying if I said I don’t dream of Dead Ringer living on as a TV show or movie. So many of the scenes I wrote were conceived with the hope that I might someday see them acted out. Same goes for the development of many of the characters.
Charlie was originally based on an old high school flame, Hermione Granger inspires Laura, and Amanda has pieces of Regina George, but if I could play casting director for my own book-to-screen dream, here is who I would bring in to read for the parts.
Laura Rivers – Skyler Samuels (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1321094/?ref_=tt_cl_t2)
She has Laura’s curly blond hair, blue eyes, and mysterious look. She’s doing an awesome job on Scream Queens, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Charlie Sanders – Nick Robinson (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3538718/?ref_=tt_cl_t1)
Nick has the perect magnetic eyes and scruffy hair for the part. I was such a fan of his movie Kings of Summer, and he was fantastic in Jurassic World. Note: this is only if Harry Styles won’t take an acting role, because how fun would that be?? (Sorry Nick!)
Amanda Hunter – Amanda Steele (https://www.youtube.com/user/MakeupbyMandy24)
This YouTube star-turned-actress can play icy oh so well. She’s currently starring in the AwesomenessTV show Guidance, but I suspect big things are in store.
Sean Miller – Brett Davern (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2044985/?ref_=tt_cl_t4)
I’m a huge fan of Brett’s MTV series Awkward, and he absolutely has the posh-soccer-star look down. I can see him being goofier than Charlie but still totally protective of Kit.
Kit Jacobs – Laura Marano (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1404824/?ref_=tt_cl_t2)
I am a huge fan of Austin & Ally on the Disney Channel, and Laura makes such a sweet, funny, and sensitive Ally. I think she would play well against the dominant Amanda.
Sasha – Elle Fanning (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1102577/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1)
Elle is whip smart and a very strong actress, but I think she could play the quiet thinker that is Sasha perfectly. Besides, in a way Sasha is the real star of the book, so this Hollywood veteran would be an amazing lead.
I’d love to know whose faces you saw when reading the book. Who knows – maybe some Hollywood casting agents will be grateful we helped them prep for the real casting of Dead Ringer!
~ Jessie Rosen
About The Book
Title: Dead Ringer
Author: Jessie Rosen
Publication Date: November 11th 2015
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.
It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone—it’s Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.
Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.
But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.
What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?
After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.
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