Tuesday, August 26, 2014

M. P. Cooley's "Ice Shear"

A native of upstate New York, M. P. Cooley currently lives in Campbell, California.

Here she dreamcasts an adaptation of Ice Shear, her first novel:
Figuring out who would play the characters in the movie of Ice Shear is a challenge, but a fun one. My book is populated by regular folks who lack shiny hair and coordinated outfits, and for many of them, I didn’t develop a fixed idea of actors who might play them. Even my hero June only came to me in flashes: blond with pale blue eyes, slim, broad shouldered, and with a stillness and strength that comes from living through the grief of her husband’s death and taking care of her young daughter. Charlize Theron has that stillness as well as a physicality that convinces me that she could beat up an enforcer for an outlaw biker gang.

June’s partner Dave could be played by Mark Ruffalo, who has Dave’s black curly hair, laconic wit and hidden intensity. FBI Special Agent Hale Bascom never shies from a confrontation, and I’ve often pictured him as all angles, strong featured and square jawed, with sharp creases in his well-made suit. Guy Pearce would be perfect.

Danielle Brouillette, the hardheaded daughter of a Congresswoman, was the only character where I had a specific actress in mind as I wrote: Amanda Seyfried. She could play the whip-smart golden girl married to the ex-outlaw biker Marty, who could be played by Chris Hemsworth. Mary McConnell could play cool, steely Congresswoman Amanda Brouillette and Gary Sinise would make an excellent Phil Brouillette , the billionaire whose rough roots run through who he is and how he talks to people.
Learn more about the book and author at M. P. Cooley's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.

--Marshal Zeringue