Book Adaptation Casting Round-Up

book-to-filmWe’ve shared so much news about books that have been optioned for the big and small screen, it’s easy to forget about them after that initial excitement or, at least until they actually hit the cinema. However, before they get to that stage, there are directors, screenwriters and actors to be found so here is a round up of casting for books being filmed in the coming months that we have previously shared news about. Look out for further casting round-up news as it comes our way.





81sEj48UnvL__SL1500_Lion – Adapted from the true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, and directed by Garth Davis from a screenplay by Luke Davies . Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Divian Ladwa have joined Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in the cast of the feature film. Also featuring in the film are several of India’s best-known actors, including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.

After several weeks on location in India, Lion begins filming in Australia — in Melbourne and Hobart — in mid April.




81mPTMTdoLL11.22.63 – James Franco will star as high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.

The actor will also serve as a producer on the nine-hour event series, which will feature Sarah Gadon as Sadie, Franco’s love interest.






61JCq76Jc1L__SL1176_Indignation – Phillip Roth’s 1951-set tale of Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), the young idealistic Jew who travels from New Jersey to study at a small, conservative college in Ohio. There he clashes with the administration, faces anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines for a troubled girl, Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon). She’s promiscuous, headstrong and independent, and has previously spent time in an asylum after a suicide attempt.






billy-lynns-long-halftime-walk-paperback-by-ben-fountain__SL1500_Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk -Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in talks to join the growing cast of director Ang Lee’s film adaptation of the Ben Fountain’s novel which explores the national disconnect between the war at home, and the war abroad. The story follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium – football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders. Joe Alwyn is set to star as the title character, Billy Lynn, with Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund all also in talks to join the cast.




91mmk-S-tpL__SL1500_Casanova – Diego Luna will play the continental lover Casanova in an upcoming Amazon pilot. Luna will be joined by an ensemble international cast of esteemed actors and actresses, including two-time Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson, House of Cards actor Ben Daniels, Jane Eyre actress Amelia Clarkson and Edge of Darkness star Bojana Novakovic.

This Amazon adaptation of the life of Giacomo Casanova will attempt to correct myths about the life of the Italian-born French spy.

Production is currently under way on the pilot, with an eye for it to debut on Amazon Instant Video later in the year.



And finally, not a book in the traditional sense but a comic – book.

90294X-Men: Apocolypse – Bryan Singer has confirmed exclusively to Empire that Angel will be in X-Men: Apocalypse, and that he’ll be played by Ben Hardy.

Hardy, a former EastEnders star, was cast a while back, but his character name was withheld. Ben Hardy is Angel – I shall confirm it for you!” said Singer. “But he’s not a very nice Angel! And that’s all I’ll say…”






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