It is the year of book adaptations, they say, and with the future releases of films such as City of Bones, Catching Fire, Percy Jackson, and The Maze Runner, there’s quite a lot of competition going on. Producer’s Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) and Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) signed on to the adaptation of Angelfall, a novel by author Susan Ee, back in 2012. Being no strangers on working together on film, it came as a pleasant surprise when both showed interest in adapting the novel.
With the fanbase only expanding, and previously being self-published and an internet sensation, Angelfall tells the story of our female protagonist, Penryn, who lives in the post apocalyptic world where Angels have destroyed the earth.
Six weeks after angels of the apocalypse descend to demolish the modern world, street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… even if that means making a deal with an enemy angel Raffe.
With the announcement of an adaptation of the film, fans of Angelfall jumped at the chance of fancasting, so today I bring you the most frequently brought up, and top four casting for the female lead Penryn Young.
Percy Jackson star, Alexandra Daddario, was one of the most frequently used in terms of fanart for the role of Penryn, and with good reason. With her role as Annabeth in Percy Jackson, she proves she has the fierce and strong female persona that Penryn is said to have, and portrays that onto the screen extremely well. She also has the correct physical appearance of Penryn, with her dark hair and startling blue eyes, it’s easy to see why she’s on such high demand by the Angelfall fanbase.
There’s not much to go on regarding the model, Emily Rudd, but her face has emerged several times regarding the Angelfall fancasts. She has the correct description and is incredibly beautiful, however the worry for some is the softness in her features, making her look more innocent than many pictured Penryn to be. But as some say, looks can be deceiving!
This is a personal favourite for me, and I was particularly pleased to see her name pop up in the Angelfall fandom. Mostly because I’ve been a long time fan of the actress, Kaya Scodelario. Originally making her mark in the British TV-Series Skins, and now cast as Teresa in James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, Kaya has often sought after roles that acquire a strong female lead, and has personally said it in an interview. Once more we find ourselves with an actress with the correct description of Penryn, and I have no doubt that Kaya could kick some serious ass in this role!
This particular fancast came as a surprise to me, but only because her name isn’t brought up much with fancasts in general. Teen Wolf’s Crystal Reed is another actress to make her mark, playing a character in which her family come from a long line of werewolf hunters, Crystal’s shown she can be skilled with weaponry and fiercely independent. Which is a wonderful quality to have when considering actresses for the role of Penryn.
Susan Ee’s novel Angelfall can be found in the US wherever books are sold, and is scheduled for release in Australia and the UK on the 20th of May.