Monday, March 20, 2023

Asale Angel-Ajani's "A Country You Can Leave"

Asale Angel-Ajani is a writer and Professor at The City College of New York. She's the author of the nonfiction books Strange Trade: The Story of Two Women Who Risked Everything in the International Drug Trade and Intimate: Essays on Racial Terror. She has held residencies at Millay, Djerassi, and Playa, and is an alum of VONA and Tin House.

Here Angel-Ajani dreamcasts an adaptation of A Country You Can Leave, her first novel:
A Country You Can Leave tells the story of Lara, a biracial Afro-Cuban-Russian girl, and her Russian mother, Yevgenia. It opens with their arrival at the Oasis Mobil Estates, a somewhat ne’re-do-well community located in the California Desert. As a mother and daughter duo trying to figure out their place in America, the novel is part love story and part a story of coming of age under difficult circumstances. But it’s also a novel of dark humor and outrageous characters that, I hope, stay with you for a long while.

As my novel is set in the desert, I imagine one of those films that have to convey the heat and the stretch of open blue skies in a way that was both artful and realistic. The actresses that I think would be great at playing the central mother and daughter characters would be Charlize Theron, playing the complex and fierce Russian mother, Yevgenia, and the British actress, Nathalie Emmanuel playing Lara. There is a small part of me that would love to see Zendaya opposite Charlize Theron but I may be overthinking this. But they’d all be great. Of course, Brad Pitt would play himself (just kidding). In my book, my characters do call the cute neighbor, Steve, “Brad Pitt” but that would be a bit too meta.
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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Elizabeth Wein's "Stateless"

Elizabeth Wein is the holder of a private pilot’s license and the owner of about a thousand maps. She is best known for her historical fiction about young women flying in World War II, including the New York Times bestselling Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. Wein is also the author of Cobalt Squadron, a middle grade novel set in the Star Wars universe and connected to the 2017 release The Last Jedi. She lives in Scotland and holds both British and American citizenship.

Here Wein shares some ideas for an adaptation of her new novel, Stateless:
Stateless is a thriller and a mystery, set in a young people’s air race around Europe in 1937. Tensions are high anyway, with the Spanish Civil War in full swing and Hitler’s Nazi government in power in Germany. Our narrator is seventeen-year-old Stella North, the only girl out of twelve racing contestants all from different European nations, and on the very first day of the race she witnesses one pilot forcing another to his death over the English Channel. All the race contestants are hiding secrets, and so is Stella – and will there be another attack?

I have a very cinematic brain, and a lot of the scenes in this book are very visual. I can picture it as a film so easily, I have clear images in my head of what each character looks like, and yet I struggle to come up with actors to play them because they’re are all so young – everyone in the race is under 21.

But here’s my wish for Stateless, the movie. I don’t care who the actors are. What I care about is the aeroplanes.

In my 1937 air race, we’ve more than a dozen vintage aircraft flitting about. In my dream film scenario, I don’t want CGI. I want real planes! Hear me out –

One of my top ten favorite movies is The Rocketeer, a live-action film released in 1991 from Disney and Touchstone (with fabulous music by James Horner!), about a young barnstormer pilot in 1938 who gets hold of a jet pack. More than 25 vintage aircraft were used in the film. It was a box office flop but it’s an exquisite period piece, giving a true taste of the Golden Age of Flight, and the flight sequences just make the whole thing feel so much more real and less cartoony than CGI.

And if we can’t come up with enough vintage aircraft – I still don’t want CGI and would like to make an argument for model aircraft. One of my other well-loved aviation media triumphs is a 1979 television series called Flambards, made by the UK’s ITV. One of the characters is an aviation nut in the very, very early days of flight before the First World War. The planes in this show were all model aircraft and were utterly convincing.

So – without being too much of a plane nerd, when Stateless’s Stella is flying her open-cockpit Avro Cadet over the English Channel and sees two distant aircraft collide, how much fun would those model aircraft association folks have if they got to engineer a plane wreck on film? Or how cool would it be to get a couple of stunt pilots to stage a terrifying mock dogfight over the Alps, such as Stella find herself involved in? What about the glorious opening scene of a bi-plane flying loops over Stonehenge in the long golden light of an August afternoon?

Ah, I long to see it on the silver screen!
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Monday, March 13, 2023

Alma Katsu's "Red London"

Alma Katsu is the award-winning author of eight novels, most recently Red London, Red Widow, The Deep, and The Hunger. Prior to the publication of her first novel, she had a thirty-five-year career as a senior intelligence analyst for several U.S. agencies, including the CIA and NSA, as well as RAND, the global policy think tank. Katsu is a graduate of the masters writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelors degree from Brandeis University. She lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband, where she is a consultant to government and private industry on future trends and analytic methods.

Here Katsu shares some ideas for casting an adaptation of Red London:
Casting ideas for Red London has actually been front of mind because--and I can't give details yet--there's been a lot of Hollywood interest. The book is about a British aristocrat married to a Russian oligarch who has made London his home. Russia's invasion of Ukraine forced the UK government to deal with the Russian population, many of them billionaires who had dug into the British economy, Emily thinks her husband is feeling the pressure. In Red London, there's a new Russian president. Putin literally disappeared in the night and the new man says all the right things about making peace, but CIA and MI6 aren't so sure. They want to get Emily Rotenberg to find out where her husband has stashed his billions before the new Russian president can get to it, and they send in CIA officer Lyndsey Duncan to recruit Emily.

Red London is modeled after one of my favorite le Carré books, The Night Manager. It's about sending someone to live in a nest of thieves in order to pull off an operation. My book is part spy novel, part domestic suspense, a little "Real Wives" where you get a peek into the world of the Russian oligarchs.

The main character is Lyndsey Duncan, and I'm still looking for the perfect actress. Jessica Chastain is the type of actress I'd like to see but she's probably afraid of being typecast in spy shows!

There are lots of candidates for the second main character, Emily Rotenberg. Lily James' combination of innocent beauty and vulnerability would be a good match.

I've had an actor in mind for Davis Ranford, MI6 officer who once broke Lyndsey's heart and is now running the task force that's seconded her, since I wrote the first book: Matthew Goode! I don't care who they ultimately cast, Goode will always be Davis in my mind.

I would love to see Janelle Monae or someone like her play Dani Childs, the former CIA officer who is now working in private intelligence and is competing with Lyndsey for Emily's confidence.

Mikhail Rotenberg, a really nasty piece of work, and Pasha Lychnikoff would be a good candidate. He's got the mix of manicured good looks with evil bubbling under the surface.
Visit Alma Katsu's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Hunger.

Q&A with Alma Katsu.

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Frank Sennett's "Shadow State"

Frank Sennett has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and a journalism degree from Northwestern University. He has taught creative writing at UCLA Extension and has published nine books. He has served as a senior leader at multiple media outlets, including Time Out Chicago and He also spent one lucky season in the Wrigley Field press box covering the Chicago Cubs.

Here Sennett dreamcasts an adaptation of his new novel, Shadow State:
If Shadow State scores a film adaptation--which would be a natural progression, given the propulsive, cinematic nature of the story--I'd be thrilled to see Michael B. Jordan cast as Rafe Hendrix.

I was blown away by Jordan's acting in the tragic Fruitvale Station (2013), and was then delighted to see him expand into a range of different film roles, including his excellent Creed franchise. There's a mix of toughness and humanity in Jordan's performances that would aid his portrayal of Rafe. Hendrix is white in the book, but Jordan could easily inhabit the character and make him his own.

One reason Jordan is well suited for the role is that he has already done a credible job portraying a Special Forces veteran pulled into a conspiracy that threatens his family in 2021's Without Remorse, based on the Tom Clancy novel.

Jordan's age and physicality also line up nicely with Hendrix. And I like the fact that he's a fellow Aquarian. Maybe we'd become best friends on set.
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The Page 99 Test: Shadow State.

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Sarah Lyu's "I Will Find You Again"

Sarah Lyu grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She loves a good hike and can often be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cup of milky tea in the other. Lyu is the author of The Best Lies and I Will Find You Again.

Here she dreamcasts an adaptation of I Will Find You Again:
I Will Find You Again, my upcoming YA thriller, sees driven overachiever Chase Ohara devastated when her ex-girlfriend Lia disappears. As she tries to piece together what happened to Lia, Chase’s life turns into a kaleidoscope of heartbreak and disaster: sleepless nights, pink pills in an Altoids tin, a cheating ring at school. She misses her best friend, her soulmate, and the happiness they once shared, and if she can’t work through the past, she may not get a future.

The cast:

Chase Ohara: Elizabeth Yu. It can be a little tricky when dreamcasting young actors of Asian descent given the limited roles available, so I based this choice on Yu’s role on the upcoming live-action adaption of Avatar the Last Airbender where she’ll be playing Azula. Known as one of the villains of the series, Azula is a fierce and calculating opponent, but she has a vulnerable side too, and Chase’s character treads that line carefully. Plus, both aspire to power and have control issues.

Lia: Lana Condor. There’s such an exuberance to Condor’s Lara Jean on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I’d love to see her capture the full range of Lia’s personality and experiences—her carefree zest for life and also the moments of sadness and doubt.

Hunter: Elle Fanning. An amazing comedic actor, her portrayal of Catherine on The Great had me in stitches, but it’s Fanning’s ability to capture both the depths of despair and the ferociousness it takes to execute a coup against the Tsar that would make the perfect Hunter, a character whose dark schemes are carefully hidden until the very end.

Chase’s father: Sung Kang. Known for his appearances in the Fast and Furious franchise, he got his start with Justin Lin in Better Luck Tomorrow, a film that partly inspired the cheating ring in I Will Find You Again. Kang is the master of wearing an outward mask of rage that hides deeper motivations and emotions. Chase’s father uses anger as a tool to control his family, but that anger is only a coverup for childhood trauma he never dealt with as an adult.

Chase’s mother: Grace Park. Though she’s best known for her role in the recent Hawaii Five-0 reboot, I fell in love with Park’s acting on Battlestar Galactica, where one of her character’s journey through betrayal really captures the essence of Chase’s mother, who’s dealing with grief over having spent years compromising what she wanted for someone else.
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Q&A with Sarah Lyu.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Julie McElwain's "Ripples in Time"

Julie McElwain is a national award-winning journalist. Her first novel, A Murder in Time, was one of the top 10 picks by the National Librarian Association for its April 2016 book list, and was selected as the mystery to read in 2016 by OverDrive Inc., a digital distributor serving more than 34,000 libraries around the world. The novel was also a finalist for the 2016 Goodreads' readers choice awards in the Sci-fi category, and made Bustle's list of 9 Most Addictive Mystery series for 2017. Town & Country magazine recently selected A Murder in Time as one of 35 best time travel books.

A Murder in Time has been optioned for television/movie development.

A Twist in Time and Caught in Time — the second and third installments of the In Time series — were released in April 2017 and July 2018, respectively. Both novels were selected by The National Librarian Association for their Must-Read lists. Betrayal in Time earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Ripples in Time is the new novel in the In Time series.

Here McElwain reveals the on-screen talent that (maybe) inspired the protagonist of the series:
A Murder in Time—the first book in the series—was released to my latest installment, Ripples in Time, I have been asked who I might have been inspired by when creating Kendra. While I have often denied having anyone in mind for Kendra when I sat down to write the books, I have since realized that the subconscious is a funny thing and I may have had someone in the back of my mind, after all.

When I was a child, I used to watch late night reruns of The Avengers with John Steed and Emma Peel. The latter, played fabulously by Diana Rigg, was a great influencer. As the only girl in a family of boys, I have always loved strong female characters in books and film. Mrs. Peel was not only strong—indeed, she tended to be the karate-chopping action heroine next to the sophisticated John Steed—but she was also brilliant, beautiful, and always maintained her cool composure under enormous pressure. When Dame Diana Rigg died in 2020 and the tributes poured in, it occurred to me that I may have subconsciously channeled Mrs. Peel when I began building the character that would become Kendra. Of course, there are differences—Kendra might be a bit more hotheaded, a bit more damaged than the classy Mrs. Peel—but the spirit of Diane Rigg’s most famous alter ego is very much echoed and encapsulated in my protagonist.
Visit Julie McElwain's website.

My Book, The Movie: Betrayal in Time.

Q&A with Julie McElwain.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Peggy Rothschild's "Playing Dead"

After losing their home during a California wildfire, Peggy Rothschild and her husband moved to the beach community of Los Osos along the central coast. When not at her desk or out walking, you can usually find her in the garden. Rothschild is a member of Sisters in Crime National and Sisters in Crime Los Angeles.

Here she dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, Playing Dead:
Molly Madison is a former cop and P. I. Three months before the book begins, she relocated from Massachusetts to California to escape the rumors and suspicion about her possible involvement in her husband’s murder. Now working as a dog trainer, Molly is getting to know her new beachside town. She’s thirty-seven and has two dogs of her own, Harlow, a golden retriever, and Noodle, a Saint Berdoodle. When she takes her dogs to Playtime Academy to try out their classes, everything’s going great—until one of her dogs discovers a dead body. The universally unpopular victim was seen having a heated argument with Felicity—another agility handler—earlier in the day. Molly doesn’t believe Felicity is a killer, but her new friend won’t tell her what the fight was about. With a murder charge hanging over Felicity’s head, Molly begins investigating—with the help of her dogs.

I don’t usually picture actors when I’m writing. In Playing Dead, the lone exception was the character of Shondra Davis. The entire time I was writing her, I pictured Erica Tazel. But as I widened my thought process to dream-cast my book, the following actors came to mind:

For Molly Madison, I can easily see the wonderful Mary Elizabeth Winstead. She’s played a range of characters in her career and her portrayal of Nikki Swango in Fargo was perfect. She’s great at messaging inner strength—as well as physical strength—and does so well with light touches of humor.

Miguel Vasquez is a detective in the Pier Point Police Department and Molly’s boyfriend. The two rushed into a relationship and now Molly suspects her smart, sexy man is hiding something from her. Diego Luna Alexander could play this role in his sleep. Like Miguel he’s handsome and has soulful eyes.

Brandon Butler would do a wonderful job portraying Molly’s agoraphobic neighbor. J. D. Lennon is a former surfer-boy who has become largely housebound as a result of PTSD. Butler has the physicality and good looks to bring him to life.

Eight-year-old Ava Greenwood is Molly’s neighbor and a chess and math prodigy. The girl is whip-smart, but socially awkward and Molly is training both Ava and her dog, Butterscotch. Young Dervyn McDowell has the right look and easy charm to carry this off.

The brilliant Christina Ricci would be amazing as Celeste Simmons—she does catty and cutting so well!

The rest of the cast in order of appearance…

Simone Bealieu – Condola Rashad

Felicity Gaines – Becky Newton

Stacy Marinovic – Parker Posey

Quentin Cooke – Jake Cannavale

Deputy Wallace – Nick Offerman

Deputy Alvarez - Adria Arjona

Jemma Greenwood – Hope Davis

Joel DeCarolis – Kevin L. Johnson

Izzy Harmon - Kelly Reilly

Del Kaminski – Rex Linn

Lupe – Carmen Ejago

Maureen – Ana Rey

Mr. Hopkins – Don Johnson

Shondra Davis – Erica Tazel
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Q&A with Peggy Rothschild.

The Page 69 Test: Playing Dead.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Scotto Moore's "Wild Massive"

Scotto Moore is the author of Battle of the Linguist Mages, and science fantasy novel, and Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, a sci-fi/horror novella, both published by For fourteen years, he was an active playwright in Seattle, with major productions nearly every year during that time, and 45 short plays produced during that time as well. He wrote book, lyrics, and music for the a cappella sci-fi musical Silhouette, which won the 2018 Gregory Falls Award for Outstanding New Play, presented by Theatre Puget Sound. He also wrote, directed and produced three seasons of the sci-fi/comedy web series The Coffee Table; and wrote and starred in the horror/comedy play H.P. Lovecraft Stand-up Comedian!

Here Moore dreamcasts an adaptation of his second novel, Wild Massive:
Wild Massive is a grand science fantasy adventure, set inside an infinitely tall Building in the center of the multiverse. The cast of characters is rather large and includes humans, non-human species, and supernatural beings galore, but a few of them stand out. Here’s how I might cast them in an imaginary movie of the book.

Carissa – Closest thing to a leading role we might see, Carissa is a tough survivor who prefers the solitude of the Building elevator in which she lives over the company of others; but her sanity and safety are threatened when she’s yanked into the middle of a conflict between the fascist Association and their mortal enemies, the shapeshifting sorcerers known as the Shai-Manak. But Carissa’s got a few secrets and underestimating her would be a big mistake. Actor: Alicia Vikander

Rindasy – A top spy and sorcerer, deployed by the Shai-Manak to lead a surprise attack below the Association’s border. The Shai-Manak live thousands of years, have a martial spiritual system, and are fiercely protective of their secret home floor in the Building; Rindasy is one of their finest and a living legend among them. Rindasy befriends Carissa and the two of them wind up on the run from virtually every faction imaginable, but Rindasy’s confidence and magical acumen keep them a step ahead. Actor: Emily Blunt

Tabitha – A young writer and part-time fortune-teller (she can see a day into the future, but with unpredictable accuracy), Tabitha is an enthusiastic narrative designer for the Wild Massive corporation. She’s incredibly sharp, highly motivated, very enthusiastic, and perhaps a little naïve. But she never gives up hope that she’ll be able to help the fugitives, Carissa and Rindasy, escape an unfair fate. Actor: Jenna Ortega

Allegory – One of the mysterious and elegant Muses responsible for the original construction of the Building, Allegory is now the Chief Creative Officer for the Wild Massive corporation, leading all of its storytelling efforts across every medium, including the attractions at the Wild Massive theme parks. She’s also a cagy and savvy diplomatic operative for Wild Massive as it negotiates terms with the Association to deploy theme parks on its floors. She has untold power, but rarely ever displays it, and her secret agenda quietly drives the narrative in unexpected ways. Actor: Tilda Swinton

Roland – Theme park impresario and master showman, Roland is the general manager of the original Wild Massive theme park – an anachronistic tourist attraction that proves to be the location of a key showdown in the book. He’s a magician, an engineer, and a bit of a trickster, and he comes through for the fugitives despite his many misgivings, because standing up to the Association on his own home turf is the right thing to do. Actor: Malcolm McDowell
Visit Scotto Moore's website.

My Book, The Movie: Battle of the Linguist Mages.

Q&A with Scotto Moore.

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Caroline Lea's "Prize Women"

Caroline Lea grew up in Jersey in the United Kingdom. Her fiction and poetry have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Fish Short Story Competition and various flash fiction prizes. She currently lives in Warwick with her two young children. Her work often explores the pressure of small communities and fractured relationships, as well as the way our history shapes our beliefs and behavior.

Here Lea dreamcasts an adaptation of Prize Women, her fourth novel:
Imagine Succession in the aftermath of Logan Roy’s death, combined with the menacing social control of The Handmaid’s Tale and you have my novel, Prize Women. Set in Toronto 1926, the book follows a scandal after a fabulously wealthy lawyer dies, leaving the majority of his vast fortune to the woman who can have the greatest number of babies in the ten years after his death. The catch? It’s based on a true story. The story of the women caught up in the notorious ‘Great Stork Derby' sounds outrageous. Often poor and socially disadvantaged, they found themselves at the centre of a court battle, a media maelstrom and scathing public criticism, which examined what it meant to be a woman, what makes a ‘good’ mother and whether certain women have the ‘right’ to have children.

It feels like a story ripe for movie adaptation: while writing, I drew inspiration for my character from films and television past and present. My novel follows two of the women caught up in the hideous ‘baby race’. Near the start of the novel, they are the closest of friends: their love is one of the propulsive forces of hope in the story. However, as the women compete for a sum of money that will change their lives and save their families, their relationship is fractured and tested to its limits.

Lily is an outsider in Toronto, of Italian-Canadian heritage and, at the start of the novel, is on the run from her abusive husband. Her mixture of vulnerability and strength would be played perfectly by Elisabeth Moss, whose compelling performance in The Handmaid’s Tale is both haunting and hopeful and she brings such depth and nuance to her characters.

Mae is the wife of a wealthy businessman, weighed down by the pressures and demands of motherhood. Like Lily, she finds an inner steel over the course of the novel: I loved writing about the way these two women slowly take control of their own lives. Kate Winslet would perfectly portray Mae’s initial icy stoicism, along with her inner fragility and ultimate resolve – I love the complexity she brought to Mare of Easttown.

Tony is Lily’s charismatic and abusive husband: self-assured, handsome and furious at the world. I would conjure a young Marlon Brando into the role, as he was in A Streetcar Named Desire: a magnetic ‘alpha’ male, whose simmering violence shapes everyone and everything to his will.

Charles Vance Millar is the rich lawyer whose will started the infamous baby race. Although he doesn’t have a starring role in my novel, his capricious bequest overshadows everything and I’d love him to be played by Brian Cox, who plays the brilliantly misanthropic Logan Roy in Succession.

Leonard is Mae’s husband: privileged and confident, having been shielded from any challenges in life, until the Great Depression causes the collapse of the business he inherited from his father. Leonard slumps into despair and self-pity, while retaining some of the arrogance that lingers from his prosperous past. Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall Roy so magnificently in Succession would perfectly embody Leonard’s mixture of egotism and weakness.

I would love a movie of Prize Women to be directed and produced by the team that brought The Handmaid’s Tale so beautifully and compellingly to our screens. The pacing, the gorgeous cinematography, the wonderful closely-shot, intense exploration of how women fight back in a society that is trying to control their bodies: all of this would fit perfectly with my novel, which feels like a real-life version of Atwood’s dystopian world.
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My Book, The Movie: The Glass Woman.

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Q&A with Caroline Lea.

Writers Read: Caroline Lea.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Peter Colt's "The Ambassador"

Peter Colt was born in Boston, MA in 1973 and moved to Nantucket Island shortly thereafter. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a 24-year veteran of the Army Reserve with deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. He is a police officer in a New England city and the married father of two boys.

Here Colt dreamcasts an adaptation of his new Andy Roark mystery, The Ambassador:
Andy Roark: My strong favorite has been and continues to be Adam Driver. I think he is an excellent actor but he is also a veteran. The fact that he was in the Marine Corps, would in belief, allow him to really convey a lot of the nuance of Andy who is a Vietnam Vet. Andy is a character with a sense of humor which juxtaposes nicely with his loneliness and struggles with PTSD. I think that Adam Driver is an actor who can easily bring that alive on the big screen.

Another possibility would be Jake Gyllenhaal. He is an immensely talented actor with great range. He easily can shift from drama, to comedy to action roles. While the books are detective stories there is a fair amount of action in them and Gyllenhaal has been in some great action roles.

The Ambassador AKA Gordon Stevenson: Stevenson is the pivotal character in the book, he is the client and in many ways the foil to Andy. He is a character that starts off being all bluster and is really quite annoying. Later Andy comes to understand him and possibly even like him. I see J.K. Simmons as Stevenson. Simmons conveys authority and gravitas, yet he can be likeable and even vulnerable.

Honey Stevenson: the Ambassador's wife, would be played by the fantastic January Jones. Honey is beautiful and smart. She is her own woman and while she loves her husband she is not blind to her flaws. She also has an iron will and keeps Andy on task. January Jones can effortlessly play the part of the wife the viewer would be tempted to write off as a trophy wife but who is actually quite nuanced.

Special Agent Brenda Watts: Brenda is one of Andy's few friends. She is a no nonsense woman fighting for recognition as a woman in the FBI of 1985. She is competent, smart and tough. She also has no use for Andy's BS or his attempts at Charm. She also cares a great deal about him. Carey Mulligan looks very much like how I picture Brenda Watts. Not only that but she is an outstanding actress who has delivered captivating performances every time she appears on screen.
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My Book, The Movie: Back Bay Blues.

Q&A with Peter Colt.

My Book, The Movie: Death at Fort Devens.

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