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Page to Premiere Wish List: ‘Legend’ by Marie Lu

July 2, 2014

Here at Page to Premiere, we tend to get a tad excited about book-to-movie adaptations (understatement much?), but for our new feature Wishlist we’re focusing on all the books we WANT to see see adapted into a movie someday (and hopefully some day soon).

First up, Mariyam shared her love for Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed, then Soraya explained why The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver would make the perfect paranormal flick, and today I’m here to advocate for a movie adaptation of Marie Lu’s dystopian novel, Legend.


“What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.”

Why This Deserves to Be a Movie:
Since its release in 2011, Legend has amassed a legion of fans who would love to see their favorite rebels on the big-screen. While the series may not be as well-known as fellow YA dystopians, Divergent and The Hunger Games, Legend is packed with a number of adrenaline-pumping action scenes and heart-fluttering romance that scream “movie-ready.”
Plus, like Divergent and Hunger Games, Legend is the first in a trilogy–followed by Prodigy and Champion respectively–and we all know how much Hollywood loves their movie trilogies.

Dream Cast:

Miranda is an avid reader and lover of all things books, TV shows, and movies. Whenever she's not scrolling around Tumblr or vehemently avoiding anything outdoors, she enjoys scribbling down ideas in her notebook, making Youtube videos, and watching Clueless for the millionth time. She can most often be found fan-girling around on Youtube page, ReaderSkeeter, where she loves discussing all her book and book-to-movie-adaption feels with all of you.

  • Yana van den Bergh

    My dreamcast is for Day and June are William Moseley – or Lucas Till – and India Eisley. And I agree 100% with Ben Barnes for Metias! My dream Tess would either be Elle Fanning or Hailee Steinfeld.

  • Amanda ‘Moo’ Shaffer

    My adaptations wish list: Captured by Erica Stevens, The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, Legacy by Cayla Kluver, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

  • Melanie Andersen

    So according to several people I look like Tess and I’m around her age so if it’s close enough, I’m thinking about trying out for Tess.

  • Taylor Cunningham

    My adaptation wish list includes only one series of books seeing as my others are now, or already have been adapted, so mine is Among the Hidden series.

  • http://rachelcipriano.wordpress.com Rachel Cipriano

    Rosa Salazar as June
    Alexander Ludwig as Day
    Charlize Theron as Commander Jameson
    Harry Lloyd as Metias
    Mark Stanley as Thomas
    Reeve Carney as Anden
    AnnaSophia Robb as Tess

  • hannah roberti

    I would love to see Hailee as June, as for Day I think it would be very important that his half Mongolian descent was represented. Not that they’d have to cast an actual half Mongolian, half white person but he is of Asian descent. I would be really disappointed if the movie got made only for Day to be played by a white actor.

  • http://withlovear.wordpress.com/ Adriana Renee

    This needs to be a movie asap!

  • jacenmarc06

    This Needs to be a movie adapation and the books are amazing!

  • http://lovethroughthedarkdays.tumblr.com/ Amelia B

    I’m sorry, but for a website that made a spot on piece about whitewashing in movies, this “dreamcast” is really lacking. Day is supposed to be part mongolian. It would be a lot better imo if they pick a partially asian actor and bleach his hair rather than totally ignore part of his heritage that is important enough that Marie Lu put it in the book.
    June is dominantly Native American, too. Don’t allow whitewashing of characters to keep happening, even in dream casts.

  • Rose

    Hailee is okay for a June that exotic look is gonna fit into June’s character. As for Day, please don’t whitewash him. He was supposed to be part-asian.