Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Whitney Gaskell's "Mommy Tracked"

Whitney Gaskell is the author of five novels including Testing Kate, to which she applied the Page 69 Test earlier this year.

Her latest novel is Mommy Tracked, which Publishers Weekly praised as a "sparkling example of 'mom lit'."

Gaskell took the novel through the "My Book, The Movie" exercise and came up with these casting ideas for a film adaptation:
The great thing about being able to fantasy cast the movie for my new book, Mommy Tracked, is that there are four protagonists and four love interests. That means there’s lots of room for all of my favorite actors!

So here’s my perfect cast for Mommy Tracked:

For Anna, who’s trying to figure out if she can balance a personal life with all of the demands of single motherhood ... it would have to be Reese Witherspoon. She brings so much talent and charm to every movie she’s in. I can’t think of anyone better to play likeable, down-to-earth Anna.

Noah, the owner of a local wine store who has a rocky record when it comes to relationships ... Patrick Dempsey. It wouldn’t be hard to understand why Anna would ditch her no dating policy for him!

Juliet, the workaholic lawyer who contemplates having an affair with her boss ... the coolly elegant Gwyneth Paltrow. She’d perfectly capture Juliet’s inner turmoil as her successful career causes tension at home.

Patrick, Juliet’s stay-at-home husband ... Mark Ruffalo, who would bring strength to the role of the domesticated dad. Plus, I’d love to see him opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in a movie; I think they’d have amazing chemistry.

Grace, the stay-at-home mom who’s obsessed with losing her baby weight ... the funny and charismatic Toni Collette. She’d keep the audience rooting for Grace, even while she diets her way into health problems.

Louis, Grace’s husband ... Ben Stiller. He’s funny as hell, and his grounded sex appeal would be a great match for Grace.

Chloe, new mom and part-time kleptomaniac ... Anne Hathaway. She has a vulnerable quality that reminds me of Chloe, who becomes overwhelmed with the challenges of a new baby and a husband who doesn’t want to grow up.

James, Chloe’s husband and the new dad with a Peter Pan complex ... Topher Grace from In Good Company. He has an exuberant personality that would make James likeable even as he screws up time after time.

So there’s my dream cast. Any takers out there in Hollywood?
Read an excerpt from Mommy Tracked and learn more about the book and author at Whitney Gaskell's website.

The Page 69 Test: Testing Kate.

--Marshal Zeringue