Hollywood audition: Actors who should play the lead in film adaptation of these popular young adult books (Part 3)

Part 3 of our Hollywood audition series for YA books is finally here after some delay. We have a treat for you guys starting from the actor who could play Duncan Dorfman in The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman to who could be the Norse demigod Magnus Chase. Cheers!

“The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman” by Meg Wolitzer

What fingertips I am talking about? So here’s the story. The book tells us about the lives of three 12-year olds who came to the Youth Scrabble Tournament (YST) with their own goals in mind. April, wants to prove to her family that Scrabble is indeed a sport (is it?), Nate, meanwhile, wants to bring back the lost glory of his dad (who was defeated on the final round many years ago), and Duncan (Dorfman, yes), came to prove that he is special. And he is, because he can read even with his eyes closed. And well, of course, it is handy when picking letters in Scrabble.

For this one we’ll just focus with Duncan Dorfman since he’s the title of the book, and for that we choose Dylan O’Brien from The Maze Runner. Well you know him from that big movie but he came to our attention first as the funny sidekick of the lead actor in Teenwolf.  We need a nerdy guy here but he can pull it off like the one he did in the Google movie The Intern.

“The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To” by DC Pierson

The story was told by Darren Bennett years after meeting this strange little guy with a strange secret. Eric Lederer was your typical geek guy, the favourite student of every single teacher, straight A’s and all that geeky stuff. Darren, on the other hand, was a typical high school loser, not so good looking, scrawny and invisible. He never liked people, of course, and parties, definitely. He just stayed at his room after school, finishing his graphic novel.

5-seconds-of-summer-luke-hemmings-630x420When Eric approached Darren, the two instantly connected, and they would spend their days finishing Darren’s graphic novel without a care of the high school world they were living in. And then came Eric’s secret: he could not sleep. He never did.

We choose Luke Hemmings again to play as Darren Bennett. Okay no violent reactions necessary here, Darren was described above as not good looking but hey this is Hollywood. For those who didn’t know, or who failed to read the second part of this article, Luke is a lead singer in band called 5 Second of Summer. Definitely not an actor. For Eric Lederer, the boy who couldn’t sleep, we choose Thomas Mann, the lead actor in so many unknown movies as Me, Earl and Dying Girl and a more popular one called Project X. We thought he’ll be perfect for the role.

“Magnus Chase” by Rick Riordan

In Magnus Chase we reminisce the days when Percy Jackson discovered his links to the Greek gods (You’re a demigod, Percy!). Magnus’ story on the first few chapters of the first book was like that: discovering his destiny as the son of a Norse god. He learned that Ragnarok (the Norse version of the apocalypse) will soon be upon them unless he could stop it. First he needs to find, various weapons of lazy Norse gods, fight monsters and be a hero.

Okay so we can’t cast Kurt Cobain for this one because clearly Rick Riordan created Magnus to look just like him (read the second book), but with the help of the almighty Google, we typed “Kurt Cobain + look-a-like” in the search engine and viola!  We found this guy named Joe Anderson who happened to play Alistair in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, apart from that we know nothing of him.

“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins

The title of this one is gross too but bearable. Well, it is mainly because the story of Anna and Étienne St. Clair. And of the setting of the story: Paris.

Anna was sent to Paris to finish her studies by her famous author dad and that was where she met this French-American-British guy Étienne (I’m confused too) in a boarding school for Americans. He’s a guy who has this amazing group of friends and an amazing girl friend. Then, as we all know what would happen with this kind of book, she fell in love with the French guy and how could she hide her feelings when Étienne was sending this mixed message, and he refused to break up with his girl? Yoh complicated.

We don’t know that many French guy so we settle for an American model because that makes sense. We choose model Sean O’Pry to play Étienne (it’s hard to pronounce the name correctly, seriously). We choose him on account of his eyes which is blue which makes him more French if that makes sense to you.

“99 Days” by Katie Cotugno

This is a sick love story. In sick I mean it is messed up, big time. And that is why this book is worth reviewing. It was so intriguing and you will be hooked on it but it is damn right outrageous you will not believe that you are capable of having those emotions at the same time. This is what makes this book a page turner, you want to know what would happens one moment, and then you will hate the character after a while, though secretly you like it, the way the story goes, a girl torn between two guys, brothers, for goodness sake, who happened to compete for her love.


This is like Georgie, nope on second thought, that anime was too gross. Anyway, 99 Days is about the story of Molly Barlow’s last summer in her hometown, before heading out to college (why is it most of the YA stories are set in summer, before college?), 99 days until she will left it behind, but not before facing a scandal she herself created a year after. You see, she dated this guy, Patrick Donelly but she broke up with him and had sex with his brother Gabe. Yup, definitely evil.

We need to cast two guys here. First off we choose Marcelo Chierighini to play Gabe. He’s a Olympic swimmer from Brazil and don’t ask how we found him. He might pull it off because he got this older brotherly aura around him. For his brother Patrick we choose Vincent Janssen again because he’s our favorite. Remember when we casted him as the younger brother in Are We There Yet? That’s because he has this younger brother look going on around him and he could be someone who was once fooled by a girl. We don’t know.

“Bad Idea” by Damon Suede

The following paragraph is from goodreads. Just so you know.

This is a story about reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends who spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams, Silas Goolsby. Silas is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

2016-07-17-19-12-45Okay, so thank you goodreads. So Silas and Goolsby fell for each other as most YA books, this is your typical “we are from different worlds” story.

We choose Wesley Sneijder to play the role of Trip Spector. If you don’t know him, we hate you. He’s one best football players out there, underrated mind you. He plays for Galatasaray in Turkey and captained the Netherlands national team in several of its international matches. So we know Trip was described as tall and all that (Wes is kind of a short guy) but we just like to try him for the role. He looks like he could pull a reclusive Trip and we thought he’ll be perfect with this guy who will cast as Silas Goolsby.

To play as Silas, we choose model Nick Bateman, who will star on a movie adaptation of one of the fiction books out there (we forgot the title of the book, but it’s like Fifty Shades of Frey, no kidding).

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