Here Doyle dreamcasts an adaptation of his latest novel, The Plover:
Hmm. This is a puzzler, for on the boat that is the central stage of The Plover there is:Learn more about The Plover.
· an ostensibly testy but not really captain, age 29 or 30, a strong guy but not huge, you know? I’d say Brad Pitt but he might be too handsome. A young Rod Taylor or Ward Bond would be great, but there I am showing my age. Chris Pine?
· his best friend, a long skinny sinewy guy with a long ponytail and long braided goatee -- a face-ponytail. One of those guys made out of steel wire. I need a lean guy about 6’ 3” here. Will wait for screen tests, or look at pro basketball rosters.
· His disabled mute daughter age 9 who is the hero of the book. I need a kid here who your heart opens and shivers and leaps and breaks every time the camera hits her. Sigh: screen test, I guess. Can’t be just adorable. Has to be wild and holy.
· An enormous woman with a crewcut and serious muscles. Queen Latifah maybe if she can hit the gym and muscle up and get a crewcut and not make me laugh every time she speaks.
· A herring gull who is no kidding a huge part of the cast. Screen test.
· An albatross. Could be male or female. I have a friend in Hawaii who knows a lot of albatrosses and I am pretty sure we can get a non-union one.
· A big cheerful brilliant Polynesian guy. Will look at Tongan and Samoan actors first here. Manti Te’o?
· A lean gentle brave young guy probably from Kazakhstan. Screen test.
· An evil guy from Mexico. Tempted to go with Danny Trejo here just for the extraordinary map of that face.
· Two wood rats. Any number of jokes come to mind here but I had better stop.
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