Monday, 13 February 2012

Make It A Movie Monday - Vampire Academy

Make It A Movie Monday is a weekly meme started by Making the Grade reviews and I thought it'd be fun to do some posts seeing as I make fan casts for movies anyway when I'm bored and like a book.
"The idea behind the meme is that you take a book, any book, be it one that was released in the past, the present or the future, and imagine what it would be like if that book was made into a movie."
I'm going to do a fan cast this time. I chose Vampire Academy because just before I was going to start the post, I finally found someone I'd like as Rose who isn't too old - they are actually making a movie (well, the rights have been sold) but most of my cast choices are far too old now (like Odette Yustman, Sophia Bush and Elisabeth Harnois for Lissa).

I'll try and choose suggestions that are still in their playing-high-school-students stage in their acting (keep in mind though that contacts exist, hair dye exists and Hollywood does tend to have people in their twenties playing teens). Also, this is just the first book so characters like Adrian won't be included.

Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead

Summary: Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . . 

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever..

Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway

Description: 17. Gorgeous with big, dark eyes, dark-brown hair, and lightly tanned skin.

Cast ideas: 
Shelley Hennig

Lucy Hale

Phoebe Tonkin

The one I'd like best: Phoebe Tonkin 

 Other ideas: Caitlin Stasey, Nina Dobrev

Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir

Description: 17. Beautiful, with long, platinum-blonde hair and jade-green eyes.

Cast ideas:
Skyler Samuels, AnnaSophia Robb, Candice Accola

The one I'd choose: Skyler Samuels

Other ideas: Sara Paxton, Dianna Agron, Indiana Evans, Danielle Chuchran

Dimitri Belikov

Description: Dark-brown hair and eyes. He is 24-years-old and originally from Baia, Russia.

Cast ideas:

Ben Barnes, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Henry Cavill 

The one I'd choose: Ben Barnes

 Other ideas: Thomas McDonell, Ian Somerhalder, Aidan Turner

Christian Ozera

Description: 17/18. Tall, with black hair and crystal-blue eyes.

Cast ideas: 
 Thomas Dekker, Tom Sturridge, Landon Liboiron
The one I'd choose: Landon Liboiron

Other ideas: Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Hoult

I'm not going to include pictures for the others, except for the person I'd choose, I'll just give the names.

Mason Ashford

Description: Red hair and blue eyes. 17.

Cast ideas: Rupert Grint, Jeremy Sumpter, Hunter Parrish

I'd choose: Jeremy Sumpter

Mia Rinaldi

Description: 16. She has a soft face and curly, blonde hair that makes her look very young and doll-like.

Cast ideas: Juno Temple, Ashley Benson, Taylor Swift

I'd choose: Juno Temple

Eddie Castille

Description: He has sandy-brown hair and hazel eyes. 17.

Cast ideas: Zach Roerig, Kenny Wormald, Steven R. McQueen

I'd choose: Steven R McQueen

Viktor Dashkov

Description: 40-something. Jade-green eyes and black hair.

Cast ideas: Jason Isaacs, Clive Owen, Ralph Fiennes

I'd choose: Jason Isaacs

Janine Hathaway

Description: 5-feet tall, has curly, auburn hair, brown eyes, and is very stern.

Cast ideas: Sarah Clarke, Lena Headey

I'd choose: Lena Headey

Natalie Dashkov

Description: Black hair and jade green eyes.

Cast ideas: Ashley Rickards, India Eisley, Alexandra Daddario

I'd choose: India Eisley

What do you guys think of these suggestions? Do you have any other suggestions for the characters? And would you like more Make It A Movie Monday posts on the blog?



  1. Everyone wants Ben Barnes for Dimitri... Not sure about all the other castings..

    1. Mhmm, there's other people I'd like as Dimitri but they're too old and wouldn't pass for Dimitri's age and it'd make the relationship with Rose very creepy/robbing-the-cradle-ish. :)

  2. Whoa, good job casting! The only one that doesn't fit with the image in my head is your Christian - he looks too happy:P

    1. Yeah, he's actually more...brooding, in the shows I've seen him in, I didn't choose good pictures. :P

  3. Hey guys, great job on the post! FYI we have linked to your post from

  4. Landon Liboiron? Haven't considered him before. I can sort of see it though! I like the Viktor and Mason. Not much of a fan for the others.

  5. I don't really like the choices for Rose and Lissa. What I loved most about VA's characters is that even though they're teenagers, they speak and act like they're older (especially Rose). They're MATURE. Those actresses look like little girls. I know she's like in her mid-thirties now, but I'd still love to see Odette Yustman as Rose. And Ben Barnes is the perfect Dimitri. Just my opinion :)

    1. Fair enough - honestly, if age wasn't an issue at all then I would've chosen differently.

      To be fair though, the actresses I chose don't actually look like little girls on screen (except maybe Lucy Hale) and they're older than 17 (Phoebe is 21, Shelley is 25, Lucy is 22 - the Lissa choices are younger, Skyler and AnnaSophia are 18, but Candice is 24). They're at the age where they can still pass as high school students in a movie though and if they were cast and all the movies were made then they'd be in their mid/late twenties by the time the final movie was made.

      But yeah, my book dream cast is usually different because I'd choose people like Odette and Elisabeth Harnois where age isn't much of a factor. =P

  6. i really like Phoebe Tonkin for Rose !! What about Adrian ? I know he's not in the first VA book but I would love to see your casting choice for this character :)

    1. That's why he's not in the fan cast, I wanted to stick to the first book. My Adrian choices are all too old (Hayden Christensen, Ed Westwick, James Franco etc.), they're all pretty but can pull off the good-but-bad boy thing and be intoxicated a lot without seeming trashy/pathetic.

  7. This is so cool! Love all your picks. I'm so bad at picking actors for characters, and I think you did a good job.

  8. In my opinion Taylor Kitsch would be much better with Dimitri.

  9. tyler blackburn from pretty little liars would be an excellent Dimitri, and NIKKI REED WITH DARKER HAIR WOULD BE THE PERFECT ROSE!!! I dont think tonkin is a good choice - she doesn't like the violent type.

    1. Tyler looks far too young to pass as Dimitri though, and Nikki looks too old to pass for Rose.

      I disagree about Phoebe Tonkin (obviously), but then I've seen her play a role where she had Rose's attitude down and could definitely kick ass. =P



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