Casting Call [6] – Shadow and Bone


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

My original review:  Shadow and Bone from 8/26/12
Leigh Bardugo appearances: Five Good Reasons to Read Recap, Fierce Reads Tour

We are so excited to officially introduce this as a meme for everyone to participate in now! Since we’re all casting, we’re no longer breaking up the cast amongst up. Now each week, all of us will do the full cast of characters of our choice – and we look forward to seeing your picks as well!! 

The Darkling: I knew EXACTLY what I thought the Darkling looked like in this book. I don’t even think I need to explain my choice of Matt Bomer as his role in the Darkling. He would kill it.

Mia Wasikowska as Alina

Alina: Mia Wasikowska is my Alina, no doubt about that. I always pictured her looking something like Mia and even in the Q&A, Leigh Bardugo herself said that  she thought Mia would be good for the role! So… maybe that made me a little biased too.

Deborah Ann Woll as Gadya

Genya: I actually pictured Genya looking like a young Angie Everhart. Since we can’t go back in time, I had to pick a more age-appropriate choice.  I love Deborah-Ann Woll in True Blood and I think she’d be a great glamorous red-head for Genya.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! 

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

12 thoughts on “Casting Call [6] – Shadow and Bone

  1. Lori

    Matt Bomer IS perfect for the Darkling! Yes! Thank you. I feel like I need to reread the book now just so I can picture him in the role. I think I might have a harder time disliking him though. Bc, Matt Bomer, yeah, I’m a fan. *sigh*
    Your other choices are good too. 🙂

  2. Tee

    Oh yes yes yes yes yes to Matt Bomer, all the way. It’s those eyes. I especially love you choice for Alina. There is something about Mia W. She can look so angelic and beautiful, but at the same time she can seem so girl next-doorish. And she’s always good in her films.

    1. Brittany

      Yahooooo glad you like my Matt Bomer choice 🙂 It’s like the sexy/dangerous/unassuming feeling all at the same time.
      I like Mia too! I think she can be so diverse in her roles.

  3. Candice

    I don’t know this Matt Bomer… but wowzer! Yes please! Also I LOVE Mia! I’d thought about her, but I think of her as my ace in the hole… hopefully that’s the right phrase! I think if I let myself I’d probably cast her in way more books than necessary! I love your and Gone Pecan’s choice of Deborah – she’s so pretty and I can totally see her as Gadya!

    1. Brittany

      Matt Bomer is from White Collar and he was on Chuck in the very beginning of the show – And may have been in Magic Mike? I didn’t see it, but I kind of remember that?

  4. Addie R.

    Oh I definitely agree with your choice of the Darkling! For Alina, I had my own made up person in my head, but I can totally see Mia playing her role. Same with Gadya!

  5. Sandie @TeenLitRocks

    I really like Matt Bomer, but I haven’t seen him do “Dark” (at least not in the three things I’ve seen him in); still he’s certainly Dorian Gray-ish enough to pull off the part. Mia is fabulous in everything — great choices!

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