Here she shares some ideas for casting an adaptation of the Hannah Vogel books:
When I think of filming the Hannah Vogel books, I picture them as a feature film or a TV mini-series, something very arty and fun, like Wallander or Foyle's War. In my head, the series is sometimes filmed with an American version, sometimes a British version, and sometimes a German version, all with different actors (it's a busy place, my head).
I'm going to quickly cast the main characters in all three version, and take votes at the end. If none of the choices are perfect, feel free to write in your suggested actor or actress.
Hannah Vogel is strong, compassionate, and sometimes terribly vulnerable. She looks like an Aryan prize (blond hair, blue eyes), a fact that she exploits to slip through the Nazis' defenses.
Boris Krause is a solid, dependable banker who wants to take care of Hannah. He is all grown up, but still smoking hot.
Lars Lang plays a larger role in each book. He starts out as a staunch Nazi, but seems to move toward working to bring down the Nazi government. He's shorter than Boris, with dark hair and eyes.
Here is the Hollywood cast:
The British cast:
The German cast:These are pretty much perfect too, except I couldn't find a picture of Sebastian Koch that was the right size where he was clean shaven.
Time for voting! You can vote for those listed above, or choose someone completely different. Who is your favorite? [Comments are open below]Learn more about the book and author at Rebecca Cantrell's website and blog.
Cantrell majored in German, Creative Writing, and History at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin and Carnegie Mellon University. Her Hannah Vogel mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s includes A Trace of Smoke and A Night of Long Knives.
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