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From Book To Movie: Casting Characters For The Big Screen

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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There’s a game that best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson likes to play with her readers. When she releases a book, she asks her fans to decide which actors would play which characters if that book were turned into a movie.

As Jackson explains on “Writer to Reader,” creativity is a must when it comes to casting. “If you have a white female from 20 to 30 [years old], of course Jennifer Lawrence can play it,” she says. But casting the greatest actors of the day is just too easy.

When imagining who would play one of the characters from her latest book, “The Opposite of Everyone,” Jackson struggles to think of the perfect actor. “What I really need is for Olivia Munn and Halle Berry to have a tall, fierce, litigious baby.” 

While Jackson hasn’t seen one of her books turned into film, she considers a toast known to be given in Los Angeles, “May your options always sell and your movie never get made.”

Jackson also suggests that listeners who want to try their hand as a casting director check out the blog My Book The Movie. Every week there is a new chance to fill your favorite roles.

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