Thursday, September 15, 2016

John Keyse-Walker's "Sun, Sand, Murder"

John Keyse-Walker practiced law for 30 years, representing business and individual clients, educational institutions and government entities. He is an avid salt- and freshwater angler, a tennis player, kayaker and an accomplished cook. He lives in Ohio with his wife.

Here Keyse-Walker dreamcasts an adaptation of Sun, Sand, Murder, his first book:
I must confess that I visualized actors playing the main roles in Sun, Sand, Murder while writing, from the very first word of the first draft. To me, having the mental image of a certain actor playing your character helps to shape the character.

There are many unique secondary characters in the book, whom I envision being played by quality character actors whose faces are familiar, but whose names are not household names. Here are my selections for the main characters:

Denzel Washington as Teddy Creque. Denzel is old enough to play the slightly-worn-around-the-edges protagonist, yet still young enough to carry off the steamy scenes with his mistress, Cat Wells.

Halle Berry as Cat Wells. Like Cat, Berry is a woman of a certain age but what a woman - strong, sexy, and manipulative. And Denzel and Halle have never appeared in a film together, reason enough to put her in this role.

Johnny Depp as Anthony Wedderburn, De White Rasta. The role as the ganja-smoking expat British aristocrat who affects Rastafarian speech and blond dreadlocks was made for the man.

Octavia Spencer as Icilda Creque. The veteran actress has the chops to play Teddy’s church-lady wife in a role any actress would savor.

Finally, the pristine island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands must be the setting for the movie. In the book, the island itself is almost a character, and it’s a must for an on-location shoot of the film.
Visit John Keyse-Walker's website.

--Marshal Zeringue