Here he shares some suggestions for casting an adaptation of his new novel, The Mozart Conspiracy;
Especially now that my Ben Hope series has been optioned for film, lots of readers ask me who I see playing the lead role and come up with their own suggestions, ranging from Clive Owen to Jason Statham. I don’t have any particular actor in mind while writing Ben, although I can think of a few with the right qualities – it would have to be someone with the depth to bring out Ben’s more vulnerable and sensitive side, while maintaining his toughness and strength. Paul Bettany could do it very well, so could Ewan McGregor. Among the US talent, Leo DiCaprio would make an excellent Ben Hope, and I also like the idea of Timothy Olyphant in the role.Learn more about the book and author at the official The Mozart Conspiracy website.
As for the character of Leigh Llewellyn, international opera star and Ben’s first true love, my vision of her has always been clear: she’s beautiful, she’s a singer, she’s Welsh... she’s Catherine Zeta-Jones.
If I was casting freely for the parts of the other characters in the book, I’d pick Jude Law for the part of Ben’s deceased buddy, Leigh’s brother, Oliver Llewellyn. The rest of my dream cast would include:
The gruff, wily former East German detective Markus Kinski: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Kinski’s young daughter, Clara: Dakota Fanning, as she appeared in War of the Worlds
Arch-villain Werner Kroll: Patrick Stewart
The scatty but brilliant Professor Arno: Max Von Sydow
Kroll’s entrapped mistress, the mysterious femme fatale Eve: Radha Mitchell
Kroll’s vicious, sadistic henchman: top choice would be a muscly version of Gary Busey, as he appeared in Under Siege – you can’t beat that wicked, sick leer he does!
The Page 69 Test: The Mozart Conspiracy.