Here she shares some ideas for casting a big-screen adaptation of the novel:
People always ask: When your book is made into a movie, who do you want to star in it?
I have zero illusions—but lots of fantasies!!!!!! My sister used to ask if my niece could be in it as an extra. I guess… Oh, sure! What the hell…
At that time, the novel wasn’t even published. But, all that said, here is my wish list:
Becca Burke (main character—feisty redhead) Abigail Breslin with curls. She is a fantastic actress.
Buckley Pitank (next main character—victim of fate or God’s will; Biblical Job figure; wonderful boy; loves his mother more than ice cream) Someone unknown, someone like the actor from About a Boy; someone with serious talent, but hasn’t had his big break…
Abigail Pitank (Buckley’s mother): Beat down but triumphant. Katie Holmes plus one-hundred pounds.
Paddy John (Salty sailor with no filter): Jeff Bridges—absolutely and without a doubt. Definitely Jeff Bridges.
Mary Wickle Burke: (Becca’s drunken poetic abused mom) Amy Adams; she can play any age. She’s superb.
Patty-Cake: (Sexy, determined; ambitious; talented) Scarlett Johansson.
Rowan Burke: Son-of-a-bitch womanizer, chemist; Aaron Eckhart.
I want Helena Bonham Carter in the movie version, but I’m not sure who I’d want her to play. Ever since I saw her in Lady Jane, I’ve been in love with her, and unlike the fashion critics, I adore her style! I was once super Goth and I still like to retain my funk in fashion.Read an excerpt from The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, and learn more about the book and author at Michele Young-Stone's website, blog, and Facebook fan page.
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