Here Peacock dreamcasts an adaptation of The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson:
When my first novel was published, I chose all the actors for a movie that never happened. Those actors have aged out ten-fold now. Because of that I have a little fear that choosing actors for a movie made out of my book just might be a bit of jinx. Because of that belief I am working with a counter jinx by putting age and gender off the table as I cast the story.Visit Nancy Peacock's website.
For the main character, Persimmon Wilson, a freed slave who rides with the Comanche in 1800s Texas, I’d love to see young Denzel Washington. He has a range of depth and emotion that makes me believe this part was made for his younger self.
For the role of Chloe, a much-abused, light-skinned house slave, whom Persy is in love with, and ultimately rescues I’d cast younger Halle Berry. Ditto on her ability to act a range of emotion and depth.
And putting age, gender and physical bulk aside completely, I’d cast Linda Hunt in the role of Mo Tilly, a wizened, much sun-tanned man who befriends Persy in his travels through Texas. She is the perfect height, and her acting range is fabulous. Plus I think she’d enjoy playing the part.
That said I hope there is a movie made of The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson. I’d love to see a sensitive treatment made of this story, and I’d love to Persy ride into the hearts of millions as he rode into mine.