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The Cruelest Stars

Posted August 23 by John Birmingham

After a book drops into the world I like to cast the movie. It's much cheaper than actually making a movie and you can get anyone you want. Before I even had a chance to think about casting The Cruel Stars, however, one of my handlers at the Penguin House emailed and asked if I'd like to write a blog post for Marshal Zeringue who's particular kink is casting unmade movies from just published books.

I was totally up for that and you can the entry here. One pick wasn't just obvious, it was virtually compulsory.

See if you can guess who before...

Of fuck that. No. It's just too obvious.

I dont care how much money Steven Spielberg is offering. Unless Frazer McLennan is placed by Peter Capaldi this movie is just not fecking happening...

You can read it all here.

20 Responses to ‘The Cruelest Stars’

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted August 24
10 years ago a Google search for my name might have revealed half a dozen results, then I started writing articles for work and things took off, now it's going all splodey. Some doubts but no regrets.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted August 25
Book - read.

Review - submitted.

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted August 25
I was thinking Batista for Jaco. But then I thought, CGI character. So, go with Serkis to bring to life and have Batista do the voice work. Or, possibly Vin Diesel.

Strom - The Austrian Oak.

The voice of Hero - Sirs Hopkins or Guinness. No, wait, Michael Caine.

Dave W asserts...

Posted August 26
Re Jaco- he's a tech savant. So despite the body mods, I genuinely have whoever the dude is who plays Sheldon Cooper as the voice.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted August 26
Rhino's Strom pick is brilliant!

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she_jedi is gonna tell you...

Posted August 26
Once you pointed out who should play McLennan I couldn't unsee it, and now it's hardwired into my head canon. Brilliant choice.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 2
Capaldi definitely strikes me as the "hang your wrinkley bits out in the air like you just don't care" kind of guy.

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted August 27
Halfway through the book - I keep envisaging Coto as Dave Bautista too. Peter Capaldi as McLennan (only in Malcolm Tucker mode though) is a given. Let Jay Lambright play himself! I honestly can't think of any others at present...ask me again when I've finished the book!

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jason mutters...

Posted August 28
I know its off topic but...
DAMN YOU BIRMINGHAM.

Do i really have to wait until 2020 for the sequel? I just can't wait that long. Sleep less, forgo any family time, ignore all other projects, get em the sequel sooner.

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted August 28
I support the spirit of this comment, while acknowledging the logistical difficulties in acceding to its demands.

jason reckons...

Posted August 28
If JB really loves us he will find a way.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted August 28
I concur

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted August 28
I think Hero also needs to be Scottish. Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor or Gerard Butler.

Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted August 29
I'd have thought something more Shakespearian ala Patrick Stewart or a Richard Burton imitator (as the original model is off-line). Or Micheal Caine for funzies!

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted August 29
OMG Capaldi and Stewart, can you IMAGINE? This needs to happen.

she_jedi mumbles...

Posted August 29
Although Ian McKellen would give good Hero too

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HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted August 28
FK THAT SHIT!...WHEREs HAVOCK!!

Therbs mumbles...

Posted August 29
No room for magical time travelling submarines in this one Hav.

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted September 1
5 stars. 5 cruel cruel stars. Thank you, Mr Birmingham.

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balri has opinions thus...

Posted September 11
I pictured Stellan Skarsgard as McLennan. And I’m thinking a young Lori Petty, a la Tank Girl as Sephina

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