As part of the Red Rising Readalong hosted by Hodderscape, I will be sharing my fantasy casting of the book. If you’re not familiar with Red Rising by Pierce Brown, then take a look at the blurb:
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
As I read and reviewed the book only a few months ago, I did not want to take part in a readalong discussion, but thought I’d add something else to the mix. It’s also something I’ve been wondering about since learning that there were be a film adaptation some time in the not so distant future. I’ll also be posting my review of the sequel, Golden Son, in January. Be warned – this post may contain spoilers!
And now for my fantasy cast…
Darrow au Andromedus – ???
Off to a good start… this is the only cast member I’m truly stuck on. I just can’t think of the perfect person to play Darrow. Within the first book he ages from 16 to 18, so I feel the actor would have to be able to somehow pull off both ages. However, often when books such as this are adapted, characters are often aged by a couple of years. He would have to also be able to pull off the Red look as well as the Gold look.
Eo – Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan was one of the first names that popped into my head when I considered the part of Eo. I think she looks similar to how I imagined her, plus she has a fairly soft-spoken manner which I believe fits well. However, she can also play strong-willed characters, which works for Eo’s other side.
Mustang/Virginia au Augustus – Amandla Stenberg
Amandla Stenberg was fantastic as Rue in the first Hunger Games film, and I think she’d really be able to pull off Mustang/Virginia – that performance alone is enough to convince me! And of course, she’ll need good chemistry with whoever plays Darrow.
The Jackal/Adrius au Augustus – John Boyega
John Boyega is sure to soon be a household name, with his appearance in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (which I still haven’t seen!). I think it would be interesting to cast him in this role as Mustang’s brother, and one of Darrow’s enemies.
Nero au Augustus – Isaiah Washington
Having seen Isaiah Washington as the Chancellor of the Ark in The 100, I can say that he is definitely capable of playing a strong figure of authority. Therefore, I feel that this role, as the Head of House Augustus and a member of a very important family, would suit him well.
Sevro au Barca – Richard Harmon
Another cast member of The 100, Richard Harmon came straight to mind when I read the description of Sevro. Sevro is similar to that of John Murphy, Harmon’s character in The 100: cunning and sly, but I also feel that he fits the physical description.
Ares/Fitchner – Sean Bean
Do I need to explain this one? Sean Bean IS Ares.
Cassius au Bellona – Dylan O’Brien
I thought about this one for a little while, but I’d really like to see Dylan O’Brien in the role as Cassius au Bellona, Darrow’s friend turned enemy. I feel like he could really bring something to the role.
Julian au Bellona – Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Julian au Bellona is quite small and slight, a friendly boy but not one really cut out for the contest. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is quite baby-faced and definitely looks a lot younger than he is, so I think he’d be quite a good fit for the part of Julian.
What do you think of my casting? Who would you cast in a film version of Red Rising? Most importantly – who should be Darrow??