I’ve just finished reading Heartsick for what must be the 10th time in five years. I had always loved my crime shows, but had never really gotten into the crime fiction genre. Aside from Faye Kellerman’s detective series which I read while completing my RE A-Level as the main character falls for an observant Jew and converts throughout the series, this was my first venture into the genre.
There are very few book series that would see me at the doors of a bookshop, counting down the seconds for them to open so I could continue to read. Which is exactly what I did one school holiday when I’d finished the third book in the series and needed the fourth. Which I went home and read in a record two hours.
I also have a quote from this book tattooed on my body. It sits alongside words by Douglas Adams, David Bowie, Glen Duncan and Kevin Smith (by way of the late and great Alan Rickman). I think that certainly gives you an idea of the quality of the writing.
Cain’s writing style could be likened to Michael Crichton in the sense that her stories are made for the screen, intentional or not. Heartsick is an easy, compelling read that integrates flashbacks in a seamless fashion. It has one of my favourite plots of the whole series and I love meeting the main characters for the first time. It’s the characters that truly make this series for me. Safe to say, exploring the book’s plot is difficult without giving away some of the narrative that’s best revealed through the book than me.
As I’ve said, this series is made for the screen and I have always pictured certain people in the roles. It has changed over the years, but some have always stayed the same in my mind.
For many years, and way before his performance as detective Dylan Rhodes, I saw Ruffalo in the main role of Archie. He had enough under his belt to suggest he could play the gruff detective.
Then, a little show called Stranger Things blew that casting out the water.
Okay, so David doesn’t have the curls that are described in The Night Season, but he’s now my Archie! There’s no doubt that this beautiful man can carry off the detective role, he’s been cast as FBI/ Agent/ Government official in no less than five films or shows. He’s also got that tortured soul down to a tee in Stranger Things.
While there are some obvious choices for the Beauty Killer (Charlize Theron being one), Williams is someone who is so obvious, she slipped my mind for many years. Not only is she stunningly beautiful, she is someone who could do ugly/pretty very well; something that is definitely needed for the sequels.
While a little too young for the role, I feel she’s the ideal choice. One thing I’ve always noticed about high profile comedians (Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Will Farrell), they play it straight like no one else. Put them in the role of a psycho; you have the most amazing performance that will chill you to the bone.
McKinnon is a beautiful actress and is an amazing, versatile, comedy star. It would shock everyone to see her take on this role and, while there’s no body of work to suggest it, I believe she’s got the talent that is reminiscent of Williams and could take on Lowell in her sleep.
This is another ‘I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier’ casting choice. It’s since her performance on Lucifer that this has been on my mind. There’s no doubt that she’s worthy of the title ‘Beauty Killer’, and she has a record of playing morally compromised people. It’s a given that she’d be perfect in the role.
Another Lucifer actress who is completely stunning and perfect for the role. I have yet to see her in anything other than Lucifer, but even in that she’s shown a depth and breath of acting that suggests she could play Gretchen.
This is a hard one as I know he doesn’t fit the bill, however since seeing him in Extinction I think he could give us the sarcastic nature of the character.
Again, not someone who fits the physical description, but I think acting wise he’s got it. I’ve always loved seeing him on screen from the very first time I heard him utter Tybalt’s ‘ I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee’. I’d love to say that while everyone was drooling over Leo, it was John who had my eye. Alas it was Dash Mihok’s Benvolio who had my heart.
And John’s turn in Moulin Rouge is nothing short of divine.
It was only while researching John Leguizamo that I realised that Dash might be perfect for the role, if not a little too young.
JJ Abrams’ lucky charm answer to Burton’s Depp. I could imagine him bringing a Jon Favreau “Happy Hogan” feel to Henry and lets face it, who doesn’t love Happy Hogan?!
Lost Girl alumni, certainly fits the description and she can do angst. As Susan is a character I identify so much with, and I’ve always seen Ksenia as someone I’d kill to look like, I see her as a perfect fit.
Me, Me, Me
Okay and this is a little shameful, but I’d kill to play Susan. I have a face for radio, a chunky flabby body, I can’t do accents and I certainly can’t act. But I would learn if I got to play this role. She’s just so much fun and hell, getting to act alongside David Harbour would have me putting on my big girl pants and acting the shit out of the role so fast. I’m not gonna lie either, I always picture myself in the role when I’m reading it. Mainly because, fuck… I am Susan. I pick the wrong men, I feel like I’m always fighting the current yet I won’t let anyone fuck me over, twice.
This is very much dream casting. I’m not sure Walters has ever done a crime/thriller, but man I would love to see her with blonde dreads and she can certainly do that mothering thing well having spent eight or more years on the set of Harry Potter. Being Susan’s mother would see her channeling Molly but also an element of Petula from Dinner Ladies.
Damn, this woman will always be my hero. She would have made an AMAZING Bliss. A woman who beats to her own drum and doesn’t take shit?!
There’s one other person I’d love to cast in the film, however I can’t give you the name of the character without giving away the biggest reveal of the book. Equally, I doubt he’d be cast for that exact same reason. As soon as you see him, you’d perhaps know he was the killer/abductor. That said, Sam Rockwell is someone I’d have to have in the film and he has always been the only person I’d have for the role. I’ve always seen him as the abductor when reading it; mainly because he can do sleaze, he can do charming, he can do vulnerable and he can do anger. The character would need to balance all of this, be on the edge of suspicion yet have audiences thinking RED HERRING until the moment the rug is finally pulled.