Here Zeitlin dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me:
This is a tricky one, because most of the characters in my book are 15 years old, and I'm not that familiar with young actors and actresses! When I was writing, the person I pictured as Zona (the main character) was Jane Levy, who stars in Suburgatory. She's a cute and sassy redhead who's also very smart, goal-oriented, and a bit neurotic; coincidentally, the character Jane plays has an absent mother and a very close relationship with her dad. I think Jane is too old to play Zona now, but maybe she has a younger sister?Visit Meredith Zeitlin's website.
I could see David Straitharn as Zona's Dad, David Lowell. He looks exactly how I pictured him, plus he'd be totally believable as a serious journalist who has a soft spot for his only daughter. Meaghan Rath (Being Human) would be perfect as Zona's cool older cousin, Yiota. Thios Theseus would be very difficult to cast - it would have to be a Gene Wilder type. Robin WIlliams would really have been the best choice. It would be terrific to actually use Greek actors for the extended family - I would die of joy if Olympia Dukakis wanted to play Pro-Yia-Yia (Zona's ancient, stubborn great-grandmother). Nia Vardalos is a little young to play Thia Angela, but with the right makeup she could make it work.
Of course, I would love to hear what readers think - who would you cast??
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