Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Phil Rickman's "The Bones of Avalon"

Phil Rickman has worked as a BBC radio and TV reporter, and he currently writes and presents the book program “Phil the Shelf’ on BBC Radio Wales. He is also the author of the internationally bestselling crime series featuring Merrily Watkins.

Here he shares some suggestions for casting the lead character in a cinematic adaptation of his latest novel, The Bones of Avalon:
The Bones of Avalon is about Dr John Dee, astrologer-royal to Queen Elizabeth I. The only existing portraits of Dee are as an old man. But In the book he's only 32, so I asked a friend, artist and graphic designer Bev Craven if he could digitally rejuvenate Dee from one of these portraits. Interestingly, the result reveals young Dee looking very much like the actor Laurence Fox (if you get the cop-show Inspector Lewis over there, Fox plays Lewis's sidekick, Hathaway). He's such a good actor that I'd love him to play Dee. Maybe it's, you know, meant to be....
Learn more about the book and author at Phil Rickman's website.

--Marshal Zeringue