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June 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm #2840
If The Wingfeather Saga was made into a movie series, who would you want to play each character?
June 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm #2843Miss MaryGuest
Real movies with budgets, I don’t know yet. Movies made by the kids at my church with their own video cameras…lots of thought has been put into this, but of course I can’t put their names online and it wouldn’t mean anything to people who don’t know them. But a small, very interested group of kids is way ahead of you on this one (with a few adults thrown in, like me).
The big problem for making our own movie is the special effects. We could pull off some things, like there were ideas for how to do a gargan rockroach, but Peet presents some difficulties we haven’t quite figured out. A budget might be important after all.
June 22, 2015 at 11:10 am #2844
Oh, Miss Mary! If you figure out how to make the logistics work, we’d love to see the result! That sounds amazing.
December 31, 2015 at 2:00 am #5235Katie :)Guest
I would LOVE it if these books became movies!!! It’s be super cool if Cate Blanchett could do Nia 🙂 Just a thought… Cuz,I mean, she’s awesome in The Hobbit 🙂 okay this is getting really long… I love Sara Cobbler. I’ve always thought its be a blast to be her. Thanks for reading this, I know it got extremely long and dull…
December 31, 2015 at 11:26 am #5236
Hi Katie! 🙂 That was not too long at all! And I love Sara Cobbler, too. 🙂 Welcome to the forum!
June 24, 2015 at 3:05 pm #2854AnnelieseGuest
I would love to see the Wingfeather Saga made into a few movies someday! I think it would be really cool! As far as actors…I’d have to look more into that. But I definitely hope these books are made into movies!!
July 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm #3098Andrew PetersonGuest
July 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm #3103Laura CochranGuest
David Tennant as Peet would be completely brilliant.
July 31, 2015 at 5:29 am #3108CarrieGuest
I will now never be able to see Henry Ian Cusick without thinking of Peet–and that is a very good thing. Two of my favorites! David Tennant would be amazing, too…
July 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm #3099Tim NationGuest
John Rhys-Davies would be an incredible Podo, Ian McClellan could pull off both sides of Bonnifer, and someone like Julianne Moore would be a great Nia, I think.
Also Chris Pratt would steal the movie as Gammon/The Florid Sword.
July 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm #3100Danny BarrettGuest
My daughter and I are in an ongoing conversation about who would be good, but she reminded me that the part of Oscar has already been cast. We saw him at the launch party for The Warden and the Wolf King!
July 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm #3101BeckyGuest
I am sure Nikko Pliego -an NSA student- is the best option for making the swords you will be needing. He made the sword for Darren Doane’s latest movie, Kill the Dragon, Get the Girl (coming soon!).
July 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm #3102Dan (of Dantopia)Guest
Why does this question seem so hard? I can’t think of anyone!! The characters don’t seem to fit any actors that I can think of. (At least, not how I pictured them) Although, David Tennant does seem pretty perfect for the Peet/Artham role.
July 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm #3104NathanGuest
Chris Pratt as Gammon would make my life.
And if David Tennant doesn’t work out, Cillian Murphy would be my second choice for Peet/Artham.
July 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm #3105Hannah LongGuest
One of the few occasions in which my encyclopedic knowledge of British actors comes in handy!
Janner – I know he’s way too old now, but I keep imagining Thomas Brodie-Sangster (the oldest boy in Nanny McPhee), who reminds me of the boy who plays Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Both of them have a sort of sharp, angry, intelligent looking face that seems perfect for someone so driven by justice. Maybe Asa Butterfield?
Tink – I really just want to cast any of the boys from Tree of Life here, but they’re probably too old now. Ty Simpkins from Jurassic World? But he’s American. Ah, well. Daniel Day Lewis will have to do.
Leeli – Isabelle Allan from Les Mis or Mackenzie Foy from Interstellar.
Podo – Roger Allam is marvelous in everything, but especially Endeavour, where he plays a Teddy Bear father figure tough cop guy (close to a pirate). Also, he was the original stage Javert, so if singing is needed…
Nia – Rosamund Pike.
The Florid Sword – Nathan Fillion. Just because.
Maraly – Hailee Steinfeld (of True Grit fame).
Peet/Artham – Bertie Carvel (because if Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell proved anything – it’s that he can do crazy and noble all at once.)
Oskar Reteep – Eddie Marsan (because if Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell proved anything – it’s that he can do fussy bookworm and kindly mentor all at once.)
Sara Cobbler – Sophie Nelisse.
Bonifer Squoon – Michael Kitchen (because – spoiler – when you want a flamboyant villain, obviously Mr. Foyle is the number one choice. Actually, I just wanted to include him somehow, and this was the only character left. David Suchet did a terrific villain in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal.)
July 31, 2015 at 11:20 pm #3118
Nathan Fillion would be great as the Florid Sword. Did you see Much Ado About Nothing? Or Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog? It’d be interesting to see him switch between personas, too. The more I think about this the better I like it.
August 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm #3234Michelle in OKGuest
Hannah Long! I was picturing Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Janner the whole time I was reading the series. We recently saw “Mr. Holmes” (brilliant, btw) and there was Milo Parker and he would totally do a great job here since boys have the audacity to grow up! [ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6057785/?ref_=tt_cl_t3 ]
I could definitely get behind David Suchet as Bonifer Squoon, too. 🙂
and thinking of Nathan Fillion as Gammon just makes me giggle. And, of COURSE David Tennant would make a great Peet. My husband would even take me to see it at the theater if he were in it.
Loving this discussion.
July 31, 2015 at 2:36 am #3106Joe JenkinsGuest
Podo: Billy Connolly
Nia: Angelina Jolie
ArthamPeet: Tennant is a cool choice.
Oskar: Wallace Shawn
Bonifer: Bill Nighy
Gammon/Sword: Jason Priestly. No, I’m not kidding.
Rudric: ANYBODY over 6’3″ from “Vikings”. Or maybe The Rock.
All kids: NOBODY from Disney Channel.
Gnag: Gary Oldman.
All Fangs to be played by Andy Serkis via motion capture.
Put Morgan Freeman in it somewhere because I’d hate for him to NOT be in a movie.
Armulyn the Bard: Andy Gullahorn. You know you want to.
September 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm #3668ArodethGuest
Everything about this comment! This one wins. I need Billy Connolly as Podo now.
July 31, 2015 at 8:19 am #3110Warden EmilyGuest
I love the idea of John Rhys Davies as Podo! I also think the girl from Les Mis should play Leeli. And maybe Kara Killmer as Nia. I saw her act in a movie called Beyond the Mask, and I imagine Nia just like her, except with brown hair. Also, Andrew Chenney looks like how I imagine Armulyn. I am not actor expert, I’m just suggesting those that I saw act in other movies.
July 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm #3114Warden EmilyGuest
Another suggestion: I saw a movie called “Just Where I Belong” about a young foster girl. I don’t know how old the actor is now, but it is not an old movie so she shouldn’t be too much older. I do not know her name, but she’d totally kill it as Grettalyn. Kara Killmer would also make a great Wendolyn, if there are any flashbacks in the movie. Somebody really should make a Wingfeather movie!
July 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm #3115CeciliaGuest
My friends and I actually discuss this often, only not with actors in today’s business. As aspiring actors ourselves, we look at our other acting friends and we may or may not fan cast them… Oops. I only recently found out they decided I was going to be a dragon(Hulwen) a few weeks ago…
July 31, 2015 at 11:14 pm #3117
Professor Sidler and I went to see Mission Impossible tonight, which for no reason made me think that Nicholas Hoult (Nux from Mad Mad) would make an excellent Maintenance Manager.
Somebody on Facebook suggested the perfect actor for Gnag: Ralph Fiennes.
Also, Alice Cooper is the very embodiment of the Overseer.
August 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm #3151Kathi NollGuest
Kathi Arnold Noll
Please don’t make it into a movie! Story lines inevitably get twisted, and actors faces replace our imaginations…. Let’s just let the incredible Wingfeather Saga stay as it is – pure and real across the pages.
August 4, 2015 at 9:59 am #3165BronzeGuest
OH MY WORD
DAVID TENNANT WOULD MAKE A PERFECT ARTHAM.
And Stoick the Vast would make a perfect Rudric… but he’s not real, sooo… ?
Animated Wingfeather Saga?
August 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm #3170Laura C.Guest
Yes, I agree that it would be odd/strange/horrifying to see my ‘perfect, lovly, gorgoues’ charactrs suddenly get completly changed (small whimper for effect.). Also, the books I’ve read and then seen into movies (or the other way around) were so… CHANGED. I have ‘travled’ with the wingfeathers all the way to Anniera through the books (several times, actualy), and think that despite the fun of imaging what the characters might look like, I don’t really think of watching the movie to see it all ‘messed up’. That may be a tragity for some.
August 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm #3205JustinGuest
Two entries i haven’t seen mentioned yet:
Johnny Depp as the overseer.
Gerard Butler as Rudric.
August 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm #3220Warden EmilyGuest
I understand how you feel Laura C. And Kathi… But think about it! LOTR turned out great, and thigh there were a few changes but that didn’t exactly ruin it. Another thought: WFS is so great already, so movie makers would probably not want to change anything. Although a little romance probably will sneak into the Podo/Wendolyn flashbacks, and maybe a tad into the Nia/Rudric relationship, it was already in the books even if it wasn’t as prominent as in the movies. Just a thought; everyone’s inclined to their own opinions. ?
August 13, 2015 at 4:18 pm #3238Miss MaryGuest
I don’t mind if there is a movie. I probably won’t like it as much as the books (I never do unless the movie is first and the book written after), but then I get to analyze both and critique how I think they SHOULD have done it. I tend to enjoy that a lot even if I get outraged at what they have done to my books.
I think a lot of it comes down to that I don’t like the limitations that film puts on how well you can really get to know your characters compared to books and so much important internal thoughts and motivations just don’t translate as well. They also have to edit so much for time and I like taking the time to have round characters and for them to grow and develop, so no matter how well a movie is made, I will love the book better when it has those things. Still, I can appreciate a good movie for what it is, and I love when they can create a believable world and really get the characters to LIVE, even if the glimpse is rather short.
August 18, 2015 at 9:34 am #3259Warden EmilyGuest
Well said Miss Mary!
September 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm #3686ElianaGuest
Barry Humphries (the voice of the Great Goblin in The Hobbit) would be good
for the voice of the Gnag.
November 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm #4767EllTeeGuest
I’m so glad I found this forum! I’m about 100 pages from finishing the saga, and every time I read about Artham Wingfeather, I picture Tom Hiddleston. Don’t know why… I think he’d do the “crazy” well.
January 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm #5261Dixon JowersGuest
I am rather surprised that it hasn’t been mentioned but I have always pictured Liam Neeson as Podo.
Gary Oldman as Bonifer would be able to portray both sides extremely well.
Nia is so many things that I have a hard time nailing down someone that could do all of it well. I think I have settled on Jessica Chastain. (though I have never pictured Nia with red hair)
I’m not sure Chris Pratt as Gammon can be improved upon. The action hero with a twinkle in his eye.
January 5, 2016 at 12:10 pm #5262Jillian HopperGuest
Definitely agree with Justin about Johnny Depp as the Overseer; cruel and calm, then increasingly insane. Creepiness in abundance! John Rhys-Davies would make a really cool Podo… The Saga could also be a great animated film (if done properly, that is.) In any case I think the movies would need a narrator, and Armulyn the Bard would be perfect in that role. “The world is whispering, listen child,” would make a nifty “Lord-of-the-Rings-y” opening, don’t you think? 🙂
January 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm #5263
Oh, I can just hear that. I love that poem. I wonder who’d do the best Rich Mullins voice?
January 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm #5265Jillian HopperGuest
Me too! It’s my favorite in all of the books. Ooo… that’s a toughie… Maybe Jess Harnell from Adventures in Odyssey. He could pull off the husky but lovable voice, and he might be able to sing! It’s really to bad Rich Mullins isn’t here to do his own character since his voice is so unique, but I think it would be super awesome if Mr. Andrew Peterson himself could voice Armulyn. It definitely would add some major depth to the character, and it seems to just fit somehow. 🙂
January 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm #5472Miss LindaGuest
I’m joining the campaign. Andrew for Armulyn! I don’t care if he doesn’t sound exactly like Rich Mullins. It just seems like a fitting part for him. He could sing. 🙂
January 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm #5471Repunzle the RidgerunnerGuest
I’m not sure if anyone would remember this guy John Bell who played Bain, Bard’s son in The Hobbit? I think if he wasn’t 18 now then he would have made a great Janner or Tink. But idk… It’s just so hard to find people to play the children!
January 15, 2016 at 8:51 am #5585JannerGuest
Here’s my ideas –
John Rhys-Davies – Podo
Andrew Peterson – Armulyn or Esben
Cate Blanchett – Nia
A. S. Peterson – Artham
October 9, 2017 at 9:19 pm #17161Elia TysonGuest
Yes! I was just thinking after watching How to Train Your Dragon 2 that Cate Blanchett should totally Nia.
January 15, 2016 at 8:53 am #5586JannerGuest
Or maybe John Rhys-Davies as Rudric
January 19, 2016 at 10:35 am #5647Repunzle the RidgerunnerGuest
Yes, I actually think John Rhys-Davies would be an even better Rudric than Podo! But he defiantly has the character for both!
January 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm #5649FrevaGuest
I don’t know very many actors but heres what I think.
Janner, Kalmer,leeli all with flashy eye colors (like green or bright blue)
so there recognizable.
Janner and Sara with black hair(perfect match)
Maraly dark hair.
February 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm #5961ToriGuest
Leeli has to be played by Skye Peterson, obviously! I can’t think of her as being played by anyone else.
February 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm #6051
March 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm #6175AllisMarieGuest
Levi Miller for Janner.
March 2, 2016 at 5:53 pm #6196HannaGuest
Okay, so I don’t know actors, but here’s what I think should be a list of characteristics:
– Janner: tall, fine cheekbones, dark brown or blue eyes, black hair that’s short-but-not-too-short
– Tink/Kalmar: (as human) light brown, short hair, fair skin, a little chubby but not very, long-limbed, smiling blue eyes (as wolf) grey-brown fur, sleek and shimmery, blue eyes (maybe yellow, too)
– Leeli: shoulder-length golden wavy hair, not tall but not short, slim, blue eyes, very fair, delicate features
– Maraly: dark brown hair, blazing almond-colored eyes, strong figure
– Gammon: tall and strong and slim, dark hair and eyes, tea-colored skin, maybe a bit of a beard (?)
– Sara Cobbler: tall, but not as tall as Janner (quite), beautiful blue eyes (diamonds? =D), fair skin, golden wavy hair to her shoulders (a little longer than Leeli’s hair), delicate of form and feature, slender and long-limbed
– Nia: tall, dark brown hair, emerald eyes, slim, beautiful, lovely but in a fierce way
I have more ideas, but not more time… Bye!
March 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm #6197
I love these descriptions! Keep ’em coming!
(“Delicate of form and feature”—what a great phrase!)
March 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm #6200NoahGuest
Doesn’t Sara have brown hair (maybe I am wrong but otherwise great descriptions)
March 3, 2016 at 1:14 am #6203bkmusgraveGuest
The Perfect Podo – Billy Connolly
June 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm #14637RebeccaGuest
David tennnt as peet! Yes! I see it more now
June 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm #14643cadwickGuest
Wow David Tennnt could do a good Peet.
September 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm #16723Josiah the Carrot StickGuest
Wallace Shawn as Oskar is actually pretty darn good. I feel like Benedict Cumberbatch would be a really entertaining Zouzab…
September 22, 2017 at 10:32 am #16891CadwickGuest
Andy Circus would be an amazing Zouzab. he could play all of the ridge runners.
September 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm #16892Josiah the Carrot StickGuest
Yeah, Serkis could be decent, too. I haven’t seen much he’s in, so I’m not a good judge of that.
September 25, 2017 at 8:47 pm #16962MimiGuest
Have you guys figured out the casting yet? I’m super excited to learn more and more about the animated series!! EEE!!!
Also, I always imagine Zach Callison (Matthew Parker in AIO) as Janner, but maybe that’s a bit of a long shot :o)
October 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm #17144IzzGuest
Y’know, I could see A. Peterson doing the bard… Would be a fun easter egg. Would be cool to see this in the animated series 🙂
January 15, 2018 at 5:25 pm #20999Ginny WingfeatherGuest
I really hope they would have open auditiions, it would be so cool!
February 24, 2018 at 2:32 am #22990CelidahGuest
I agree Tom Hiddleston & David Tennant could both kill it as as Artham. Something about those tall mischievous-looking gangly British guys.
Nathan Fillion & Chris Pratt are also excellent choices for The Florid Sword. LOTR-era Viggo Mortenson would make a good Gammon, but I can’t see him as The Florid Sword. But I’ve never seen him in a humorous role, either.
Benedict Cumberbatch would make a good Overseer, too.
I see lots of suggestions for Cate Blanchett as Nia, but personally, I can see her as The Stonekeeper. Oh! Or Tilda Swinton! All you who’ve seen The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe know exactly what I mean.
I humbly submit Tom Hardy as Rudric & Patrick Stewart as Podo.
I haven’t seen Esben mentioned yet. Ideas, anyone?
February 25, 2018 at 4:18 pm #23034HannahGuest
I will never be able to watch Doctor Who again without seeing Peet.
February 25, 2018 at 8:11 pm #23043CadwickGuest
Ooooooohhhh, David Tennant as Artham. He could do so well. In Doctor Who he can get such amazing emotion that would be perfect for Artham.
P.S. just curious, who all here are Doctor Who fans???? Me for starters 🙂
February 25, 2018 at 10:43 pm #23044Vekka YoungbeastGuest
I’m a Whovian! 😀 Who’s your favorite Doctor? Mine’s the Fifth from the 1980s, followed closely by the Fourth. I love the classics…
February 26, 2018 at 2:22 pm #23079CadwickGuest
I’m not sure who’s my fav… I haven’t seen all of them, just 9 10 and almost all of 11 it’s just that the library doesn’t have the holds in yet…
March 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm #23339Josiah the Carrot StickGuest
Swinton could definitely pull off the Stone Keeper.
I enjoy Doctor Who, but have not seen very much of it.
March 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm #23345Vekka YoungbeastGuest
Swinton playing the Stone Keeper is a good idea!
March 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm #23657CelidahGuest
Well guys, I’m playing catch-up & just finished the chapter about Peet’s castle today, and all I can hear is Tennant’s voice in my head saying Peet’s dialogue. And not even because of Dr. Who (though I have seen a little of that). It’s because of Tennant’s performance as the titular character in Hamlet. He nailed the cave-blat-poo crazy in that role. (Fantastic performance. Patrick Stewart as Claudius/Hamlet’s Father as well.)
May 31, 2019 at 2:25 pm #37505Storm WingfeatherGuest
I imagine Nias voice as Tennelle Flowers XD
July 1, 2019 at 2:09 pm #38656BrandonGuest
I think Cary Elwes (Westley from The Princess Bride) would make a great Gammon/Florid Sword. We already know what he looks like with the mask!
November 18, 2019 at 9:02 pm #42130DanielGuest
SPOILERS ALERT (marked as thus: *)
John Rhys-Davies as Podo
Liam Neeson as Clout
Ian McCellan as Bonifer Squoon
*Andy Serkis as Gnag and Yurgen
Richard Armatige OR Carl Urban as Rudric
Emma Watson (?) as Nia
Gary Oldman as Peet
Jim Carrey as the Overseer
Billy Connoly as Oskar
Berry Humphrey as Mayor Blaggus
May 19, 2020 at 5:59 am #48920KathrynGuest
Oh, how I love these stories! And my children love these stories! Just putting in my family’s vote that their Mama (that would be me) would love to play the role of Nia. I come by my long red hair naturally, am an experienced Mama, and have a passion for the Faith behind the stories. That is all. If you ever need to get in touch with me, have the book’s author contact Jon Tyner and ask for Dr. Hunt.
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