Author Guest Post: Lisa M. Stasse “Casts” The Forsaken + Giveaway

One of the assignments in my YA Lit class involves my students choosing actors they’d cast to play the role of different characters in the book they’re reading.  When Lisa M. Stasse and I started talking about guest post ideas, I told her about this assignment and she ran with it.  I love the actors she chose!  Lisa’s also providing one signed copy of The Forsaken for a lucky winner!  See the end of the post for giveaway details.

“If I Ran Hollywood: Casting the Imaginary Movie Version of THE FORSAKEN”

by Lisa M. Stasse

Although I live in Hollywood (well, nearby in Santa Monica), unfortunately I don’t get to run the town and make all the big decisions. But a girl can dream! 😉 I am obsessed with movies, almost as much as books, so I’m always daydreaming about how awesome it would be if THE FORSAKEN got made into a movie or TV show. This is scarily possible–in fact, my agents are working on setting up something at the moment–but of course even when books get optioned, they rarely make it to any screen, large or small. I know about some of this stuff through my husband, who has written some popular YA novels and some screenplays, including one called BAD GIRLS which was under option for 5 years at MTV and Paramount, but never got made. At one point in time it was going to be a Lindsay Lohan vehicle, and I think my husband is pretty relieved that that never happened. Anyway, so I thought I’d write a bit about my daydreams and hopes for THE FORSAKEN. I have to admit, I have kind of eccentric tastes when it comes to actresses and actors, so I am probably the least qualified person on earth to “cast” any sort of movie or TV series, even in an imaginary capacity. But it’s fun to play around with this stuff, so here goes! These are my choices for a handful of the major roles in the book. By no means are they definitive. I think a lot of awesome actresses and actors could really do an amazing job with these roles.

For the role of the heroine, Alenna Shawcross: Hailee Steinfeld (a great actress from TRUE GRIT and the upcoming movie adaptation of ENDER’S GAME, one of my favorite books).

For the role of Liam, the hunter that Alenna falls in love with: Tyler Garcia Posey (a really underrated actor, from TEEN WOLF)

For the role of Gadya, Alenna’s fiery best friend: Chloe Moretz (awesome in just about anything, especially LET ME IN).

For the role of The Monk, the cult leader who rules the prison island: Viggo Mortensen (I could watch him in anything, really. He would be amazing in this role! I love him in LORD OF THE RINGS and THE ROAD).

For the role of David Aberley, Alenna’s mysterious friend: William Moseley (from the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, assuming he still looks young enough to play a teenager!)

For the role of Alenna’s mom: Rachel Weisz (a great actress who has been in a ton of amazing movies–including ABOUT A BOY. She would be fantastic as Alenna’s mom).

So those are my thoughts for now! Thanks for reading. Come find me online at all the usual places, and check out the Official Book Trailer for THE FORSAKEN if you have a minute.
Giveaway Details
  • Lisa M. Stasse is providing a signed copy of The Forsaken to ONE lucky winner
  • Giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only
  • Must be at least 13 to enter
  • Giveaway lasts until Friday, August 31st @ 11:59 EST
  • No extra entries required, but spreading the word is appreciated! 🙂
  • Only one entry per person
  • Winner will be notified via email & will have 48 hours to reply


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