The Undead Realm Release/Rhapp’s Barren Dream Cast


I’m happy to announce the release of my new book, The Undead Realm, Book 2 of The Rhapp’s Barren Triptych. For a very limited time, the Kindle version of the new book is $0.99 on Amazon. Not only that, Book 1, The Heart Thief, will be $0.99 for a whole week. Two books for less than $2. That’s a pretty good deal. To celebrate this announcement, I thought I’d write a post about who I’d cast if The Rhapp’s Barren Triptych was turned into a movie today. Of course, that’s never going to happen, but it’s fun to dream.

It’s kind of hard to think of who I would want to be cast as my three main leads. I mean, there’s so much untapped young talent out there, I’m sure a real casting director would get some unknown to play these parts. But like I said, if I were going to cast The Heart Thief today, I would look at the following:

joel-courtney-messengers-takeoverJoel Courtney as Ezra Keene.

He hasn’t done a lot, but I really liked him in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Apparently, he’s in some TV show called The Messengers, which I’ve never heard of. He’s nineteen right now, and I have no idea what he currently looks like. Hollywood is in the habit of casting older actors that can pass for young, though. So if he can still pass for sixteen, I think he’d be a solid choice. In the above picture, he’s even wearing a hoodie. I mean, come on.


Olivia Cooke as Emma Higginbotham968full-olivia-cooke

I love this actress. I love her in Bates Hotel, and I recently watched Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and was pretty much blown away. She’s a hot property right now. Okay, she doesn’t really have Emma’s curls, but they can fix that with Hollywood magic, I’m sure. She’s currently twenty-one, which is pushing it, but for the time being, she’s still playing high-school aged girls.


asa_butterfieldAsa Butterfield as Wolfgang Leichnam

Good actor. Loved him in Ender’s Game, and I really would’ve loved to see what he could bring to the role of Spider-Man. Too bad that didn’t work out. Don’t know if he could pull off the German accent, but with the right vocal coach, anything’s possible.


Mads Mikkelsen as Dietrich LeichnamNUP_152907_2544.jpg

Who doesn’t love this guy. He was just amazing as Hannibal Lecter. I can’t wait to see what he’ll be doing in next year’s Star Wars: Rogue One. He has just the right amount of mysterious creepiness to pull off my genius (mad) scientist. He’s got the chops; that’s for sure.


dianeDiane Kruger as Greta Leichnam

I have to say there are a lot of great actresses who could play Greta. But I’ve been a longtime fan of Diane Kruger, ever since seeing her in Terantino’s Inglorious Basterds (though I really liked her in National Treasure, too). Plus, there’s the added bonus that she’s German, so she can do the accent without even trying. Of course, they’d have to bleach her hair white or make her wear a wig.


Hugh Dancy as Detective Alex Drakehugh

Hugh has the rugged look I associate with Drake. Plus, he’s a really great actor. And who wouldn’t want to see a Mads/Hugh reunion? I know I would. While Hugh is pretty huge right now (or he’s becoming so), I’m not familiar with the majority of his work. Looking forward to seeing him in more things.


christoph-waltzChristoph Waltz as Wilhelm Tod

More perfect casting? Maybe. Another German actor to play my evil German necromancer. And what’s more, if Diane Kruger plays Greta, she’ll have even more reason to hate Tod (seeing as how Waltz’s character in Basterds killed Kruger’s character). Anyway, we already know Waltz is good at playing bad characters, and I think he’d bring a lot of subtlety to that role.


That’s all the casting I’m going to do for the time being. I don’t want to cast any of the new characters in The Undead Realm. Don’t want to spoil anything.

So what do you think of my casting? Would you choose any differently? Let me know in the comments.

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