Here at Page to Premiere we all love posting on our favourite books being made into live action adaptations and so we’d all love to share and post a book a day that we’d love to see on the big screen as a movie or TV series. We know that everyone envisages different people and places for their favourite book, we just wanted to share our vision and hopes for some of our favourites! So keep that in mind as you read on…
*NOTE: StarCrossed on The CW is NOT based on this book series.*
Helen Hamilton is far from your normal teenager, although lets face it, what is a normal teenager? Living with her father on a somewhat secluded island, she tries her hardest to push away how different she really is. But what Helen doesn’t realise is, how hard it will become. With the new year at school dawning, the seventeen year old will discover the truth behind her exquisite beauty and superhuman strength masked by her awkwardness, because of a mysterious family moving to Nantucket.
When she first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, one of the new boys, the sudden urge to kill him is met with the constant hallucinations of three women sobbing and wailing for her to seek revenge. But revenge for what? Awakening nearly every night with blood and dirt stained sheets after vivid nightmares of deserts, the reality of the situation is more dire then she believes. And there is only one person who can help save her. As Helen unlocks the story of her ancestors and her mother in particular, she is flooded into a world of myth and fantasy that forces her to reevaluate the draw that pulls her closer to Lucas but ultimately pushes them further away.
The cast for the book are a personal preference and I’m sure there will be many other actors and actresses that the readers feel would work better. Helen and Lucas are the main protagonist’s, newcomer Hermione Corfield (Fallen) would be perfect in my opinion as Helen, because I always saw her as a beautiful, china doll like character, hidden beneath all that was her superhuman strength and lightening powers. Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Academy) encompasses everything about Lucas, the strength and beauty from the Demigod would be portrayed naturally by the British actor.
One of the hardest parts of choosing an ‘ideal’ cast is that with the Delos characters being family, it’s a little more difficult to imagine them as a tight knit group. Hector was always a gargantuan figure to me, super strength being his ultimate power and of course, hugs, so I naturally thought of Greg Finley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). Cassandra, Lucas’ sister was probably meant to be portrayed by a younger actresses but Emma Watson (Harry Potter) would be amazing as an oracle and I could see her making the character her own. The hardest of the Delos family were the twins, Jason and Ariadne, but after thinking about it I decided to find the actor and actress separately and so I decided on Xavier Samuel (Twilight) and Jessica Brown Findley (Downton Abbey), they could work as siblings right? Ariadne has a sweet and kind attitude and Jessica would be perfect as her, Jason was brooding and mysterious, you’re not entirely sure if you like him or not, till the end.
Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries) was always my idea of Claire or ‘giggles’ when I read the book for the first time, she was who I envisage as working well with Hermione as well, to portray that friendship. Matt is one of those characters most people come to love, the one who you feel bad for but want to have a happy ending and Luke Newberry (In the Flesh) has those puppy dog eyes, he would be epic in this role and I could see cinema goers to be Team Matt.
You can see why Josephine Angelini chose Nantucket island as the setting for Starcrossed, the beautiful white sandy beaches make an epic backdrop for Helen, her adventures and nightmares in the forefront of this incredible location. A lot of the book is centered around the beach, before visualising what a movie adaptation of Starcrossed would look like, the crisp blue water, white sand and even the town enveloped in my minds eye. Now having seen images of the
real location they fit perfectly to the modern twist on an ancient story.