Here Mitchard dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, Two If by Sea:
You know, I never, ever do this. I never imagine who would play the parts in the movie of my novel. And it has served me well. In The Deep End of the Ocean, the detective Candy Bliss is described as a tall, cool Nordic blond, impeccably dressed. She was played in the film by Whoopi Goldberg, so … okay. But anyhow, here goes: I would like Ryan Gosling to play Frank in the movie. He’s a good actor and he’s not just Mr. Romantic Lead anymore or Mr. Smooth-Talking Psycho. I think he could bring that combination of bemusement and strength that is Frank’s character to the screen. He’s around forty, and I think he would relate well to the child actor who is Ian … and I have no idea who that would be. Claudia would have to be Amy Adams (American Hustle). She’s smart and she could be a tomboy and a tough cookie, which is Claudia down to the ground. For Hope (Frank’s mother) who is a really important character, I would choose Allison Janney (West Wing, The Hours). She’s too young for that part. But I would choose Allison Janney to play anything, because she’s so smart and cool. I would want Liam Neeson to play Louis, the villain. The key to Louis is that he’s attractive and smart and sophisticated along with being appalling and entirely without conscience. Liam Neeson is always the good guy; it would be fun to see him be the really, really bad guy.Visit Jacquelyn Mitchard's website.