Back to the casting couch
‘Morgan’s Choice’ is done and dusted and in the hands of the publishers. Which means the casting couch is probably well and truly overdue. You might remember I did a similar exercise with ‘The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy’. Hey ho; new book, new characters.
While there is a certain physical resemblance between Admiral Saahren in ‘Iron Admiral’ and Admiral Ravindra in ‘Morgan’s Choice’, tall and dark is about where it ends. Unlike Saahren, who is a farmer’s son made good, Ravindra is a military despot, born to rule… although maybe he’s not quite as straight out of the mould as he should be. He’s also even less ‘nice’ than Saahren and with a whole different outlook on women.
My first thought was Imran Khan. No, not the Bollywood actor, the real life ‘Lion of Lahore’, Pakistani fast bowler (at one time fastest in the world) and long-time captain of the Pakistani cricket team back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. He has the voice, the attitude, the looks. But even if he wanted to play the part, he’s just too old now. Sorry, Imran.
Off to Bollywood. We’ll leave out Akshay Kumar, who got the gig as Saahren.
Now this man may fit the bill; John Abraham. Oh, yes. Mind you, Ravindra doesn’t flaunt the body. It’s there under the uniform, nonetheless. Yes, very suitable. Trouble is, I can’t use his image on a cover. Hence the gentleman at the top of the post, who appears on the book’s cover.
Fine. That’s done. Back to leading ladies. Somehow I’m much less inclined to go searching, know what I mean? Morgan Selwood is a living, breathing, difficult woman with a supercomputer embedded in her brain so she’s all woman – but really, really smart. Her eyes are artificial so she can link wirelessly with a computer and see a lot of things ordinary eyes can’t. As a result, her eyes have a silvery appearance, like mercury. This lady has attitude in spades. The absolutely ideal person would be Sigourney Weaver as she was in the first ‘Alien’. Tough, smart, resilient and in control of herself.
But there again, Sigourney’s a bit too old for the role. Can anybody suggest a suitable candidate?