Today I’m taking part in the Now Starring…Blogfest hosted by Lindz at Rapturous Randomocity and Alexis at Kore Averna. The idea is to choose four to six of your main characters from your current work in progress, describe what they are like and pick actors and actresses to play them if it was adapted for the big screen. This was a quite difficult for me to adapt for the Wild Spirits trilogy as the majority of my characters are native South Africans. I realised the number of well-known African-American actors and actresses was sadly limited,which says it all about the ‘enlightened, equal-opportunities’ world we are now supposed to live in (or perhaps it just highlights my ignorance?).
Dennis would be perfect to play Kgosi, chief of the tribe. Kgosi is a wise and powerful leader, but he is threatened by my MC, Ben and is very hostile towards him. Dennis has the look of authority and wisdom about him, but it would be interesting to see him play an antagonist.
Derek would be great in the role of my MC, Chane Jackson. He was born in Africa but raised in America. At eighteen years old he is mixing with gangs, experimenting with drugs and generally getting himself into lots of trouble. But through the course of the novel he discovers he has qualities he can be proud of, including immense strength and bravery.
Quinton Jackson would be the perfect choice to play the warrior Afolabi. Afolabi is strong, brave and aggressive. He’s very muscular and likes to throw his weight around.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr.Eko in Lost)
Adewale would be a great choice to play Imanu, the tribe’s spiritual leader. I loved his mysterious quality in Lost and the way his size and strength was juxtaposed with his gentle, spiritual nature.