Casting Prudence the Movie (and Disinfectant Sunflowers)

Hello, dear Gentle Reader. One of the questions I often get is how I might dream cast my books. It’s a fun mental exercise, although I’m not married to any casting and pretty open to other people’s thoughts. My only restriction is that the person be able to do a proper British accent, which, frankly leaves most Americans well out of it. I may not be able to do one myself, but I sure can tell when it’s off. And it drives me bonkers. Anyway, here we go…

Dream cast for Prudence

Rue (Prudence Akeldama): Jessica Brown Findlay


Best known for her tragic role as Lady Sybil in Downton Abby, I chose Jessica Brown Findlay mainly because she can (obviously) do the right upper crust accent for Rue. Also, I think she would have fun with a more upbeat cheerful role. Rue is often described as round and jolly and while this actress is skinny (aren’t they all?) she does have a sweet round expressive face which I think could do well for my main character.

Primrose Tunstell: Felicity Jones


Primrose is Rue’s best friend and main confidant. Rue and Prim look a little alike, in fact they use this in their schemes, often pretending to be the rich and feckless “Hisselpenny sisters.” Occasionally, they will even switch names when visiting those who don’t know them by sight (most do know them by reputation). Primrose is more reserved and interested in manners and organization than Rue. I’m thinking of Felicity‘s portrayal of the sister in Hysteria (Emily Dalrymple) when casting Primrose.

Frankly, given the skill of both the above actresses, I could also see Felicity play Rue and Jessica play Primrose. Another good alternate for either? Daisy Ridley

Percy Tunstell: Simon Woods


I know Simon Woods from Cranford and I was thinking of him as the physical model as I wrote Percy. I don’t know if he is a natural redhead but he looks good as one. I think he could play the part of stuck up bookish weirdly irresistible Percy beautifully. Although, I bet Tom Felton could also do a great job.

Quesnel Lefoux: Freddie Stroma


Quesnel is French, raised in England, but bilingual and educated in France. I want a really boyish cheerful clownish feel for him, but also an actor able to show strong emotion and sex appeal. Quesnel is at least ten years older than the three other main characters, so he could be played by an actor in his 30s. When I describe him in the books, I was thinking someone like Alex Pettyfer (possibly too pretty?) crossed with young Leonardo DiCaprio. So I basically ended up with Freddie Stroma. But can he put a tiny hint of French into his accent? That’s the question. If not, one wonders: how good is Vincent Lecoeur’s English? Then again I’ve had a long running affection for Charlie Hunnam (from his Queer as Folk days, naturally) but he’s gotten awfully weather beaten (I blame Sons of Anarchy).

I guess I am picking lots of Harry Potter actors (or might have-been) because they are all now around the correct age to be the characters in this series. Woe is me.

Tasherit Sekhmet: Indira Varma or Lisa Ray



Tasherit Sekhmet is drawn, in my head, off a combination of Nefertiti and Claudia Lynx and this magazine ad for shampoo showing an exotic woman in a robe that I clipped years ago. I don’t see her as particularly puffy lipped and that seems to be something a lot of Middle Eastern and Indian actresses are getting done these days. A bit disappointing actually, I dithered over casting Priyanka Chopra as a result. Also Tasherit isn’t cute. Someone like Aishwarya Rai, while utterly stunning, is too cute. I like Indira Varma because she is intensely regal, and can do a range of accents. Lisa Ray is also a great option, but can she change her Canadian accent for the role? Miss Sekhmet is a fun one to cast because she doesn’t have to have a British accent. In fact, I’d welcome a bit of something else hinted as she speaks. Also her origins are unknown. Finally, I could see her played by a range of ages, so long as she has the regal beauty, so I’m not married to the Hollywood attitude of no female on screen after about age 30 (sigh).

On Disinfectant Sunflowers

“The Value of the sunflower as a disinfectant of the atmosphere has been well ascertained, but it seems not yet to be sufficiently appreciated. A German physician, Dr. Valentine, of Frankfort, has published an article on the subject, giving many facts to show that this flower has the property of purifying air laden with marsh miasm, by absorbing the noxious gases, and exhaling out ozonized oxygen. Among other instances, it is mentioned that a Dutch landowner, whose property includes some land on the banks of the Scheldt subject to floods, has planted three or four plots, thirty of forty yards from his house, with the effect of so much improving the air that for ten years no one on his property had been attacked with miasmatic fever, which continued to prevail on the neighboring properties, where similar precautions were not taken. Besides this, as the French Sanitary Commission lately pointed out, the sunflower is a most useful plant. It yields about forty per cent of good oil, the leaves furnish an excellent fodder, and the stem, being rich in saltpetre and potash, makes a good fuel.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine September 1872

Based off a post originally written for My Book, The Movie for Soulless.

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