Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Jack Heath's "The Truth App"

Jack Heath is the award-winning author of more than thirty thrillers, including Hangman (for adults) and 300 Minutes of Danger (for children). His novels have been translated into seven languages and adapted for film.

Here Heath dreamcasts an adaptation of his new novel, The Truth App:
Casting is tough. One of the best things about a book is that the characters look different in the heads of every reader, so it's hard to find an actor who suits everyone. But here are the actors who suit me for The Truth App:

Even though the other characters nickname him "Gary Oldman", the hitman who tries to murder Jarli on page 1 should instead be played by Scott Glenn (from The Leftovers, Sucker Punch and Daredevil). He's lean and mean, with scary eyes and a threatening growl. What more could you ask for in a villain?

Anya, the teenage boxing champion, could be played by Ever Gabo Anderson (from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and the forthcoming Peter Pan movie). She has a quiet intensity which would be perfect. And when it's time to kick Scott Glenn's butt, she can channel her mom, Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Hellboy 3).

Maria Eaton, the ex-army surgeon turned school nurse, could be played by Marta Dusseldorp (from A Place to Call Home and Janet King), who does a great weathered "I've seen it all" gaze. Compassionate but firm, honest but secretive. The more I think about it, the better it works.

The giant mercenary known as Anaconda isn't in book 1 of the series ... but when he shows up, he should be played by Dave Bautista (Stuber, Guardians of the Galaxy). Who else could rip an air vent out of the wall and use it as a club?
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--Marshal Zeringue