Friday, February 12, 2021

Bryan Reardon's "Let Her Lie"

Bryan Reardon is the author of Finding Jake and The Real Michael Swann. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Reardon worked for the State of Delaware for more than a decade, starting in the Office of the Governor. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife and kids.

Here Reardon dreamcasts an adaptation of his new novel, Let Her Lie:
In Let Her Lie, Theo Snyder once tasted the kind of fame most of us crave. His true crime documentary went viral and he soaked up the attention. Until it all turned, and he found himself embroiled in a lurid scandal. To reclaim his career, to turn his infamy back to fame, he decides to do his next film on the most notorious serial killer in recent history, Jasper Ross-Johnson, known as the Halo Killer. When he uncovers a connection between Jasper and a young woman named Miracle, it is almost as if his story writes itself. But when the Halo Killer escapes from prison and Theo finds himself on the run, discovering the ending of his film becomes a matter of life and death.

As you can imagine, with a plot like that, I certainly had movies on the mind. In fact, the structure of Let Her Lie revolves around Theo's filmmaking process. Often, I let my mind drift, trying to imagine who could play my characters on screen. And here's what I came up with:

Who is Miracle Jones?

Miracle is something of a local celebrity. As a newborn, she was abandoned in a restroom at a coastal State park. She survived four days before an angler found her. Her traumatic beginnings certainly left scars, both inside and out.

Who could play Miracle?

Mila Kunis – I definitely pictured her as I wrote. Miracle has an intensity to her expression, the kind of eyes that can make someone sweat. And her sharp edges hide a vulnerable soul.

Who is Zora Monroe?

Zora is the most respected investigator in the documentary world. All the major filmmakers have used her. And most secretly attribute much of their success to her work. She can find anyone and anything. That kind of expertise brings with it an expected aloofness. That, or maybe she's hiding something.

Who could play Zora?

This one was the easiest. Zora is Zazie Beetz. I mean, others could play her, certainly. But in my mind, she's the only one. She's tough. She can be intimidating. And she can certainly put Theo Snyder in his place, no matter who plays him.

Who is Theo Snyder?

Theo found fame at a young age. And, when his story starts, he can't dream of living without it. When he delves into the dangerous mind of the Halo Killer, his own reality starts to waiver. He pushes both his body and his mind to the brink of madness.

Who could play Theo?

This one could go in a lot of different directions. But in my daydreams, I see Rupert Grint. To get the chance to see the progression of Theo's story through his expressive eyes would be priceless. I can imagine him teetering on the edge of madness, so different from his iconic role, and doing what he has to do to survive in the end.

Who is Jasper Ross-Johnson?

He's a serial killer! He's also a dermatologist. And a master of forensics. He claims to have alopecia. And his thin build hides a dangerous strength.

Who could play Jasper?

Crispin Glover – he'd have to shave his head and lose a little muscle, but is there anyone out there better at creepy?
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