Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Priya Parmar's "Exit the Actress"

Priya Parmar, a former freelance editor and dramaturg holds degrees in English Literature and theatre. She attended Mount Holyoke College, Oxford University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh. She divides her time between Hawaii and London.

Here she shares some casting ideas for an adaptation of her new novel, Exit the Actress:
Exit the Actress the movie? My dream cast? Dead or alive? For the royal family: Cary Grant would make a heavenly Charles II. He had just the right mix of bite, wit, charm and disarming flirt about him. Emily Mortimer would make a perfect Catherine of Braganza—calm, sincere and lovely. Maggie Smith would be perfect as Henrietta Maria; dripping with scathing criticism and able to throw away the most outrageous lines perfectly.

And the theatre? Johnny Depp was a perfect Johnny Rochester in The Libertine, insouciant yet with a simmering sense of pathos beneath, and Rupert Everett would be a fantastic, hilarious, lovable Edward (Teddy) Kynaston.

And the Gwyns? Merle Oberon would be perfect as Rose; dignified yet wounded. And Nell? Small, beloved, funny, happy, thoughtful Nell? Audrey Hepburn. If only….
Learn more about the book and author at Priya Parmar's website and blog.

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