Edit: – I forgot to say, I will be closing the poll for Berelain at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 24. Get yer votes in, ya’ll!
So this week, I want to talk about what I did during Tier 3 and talk about what I will be doing differently for Tier 2 (which will be different from Tier 1 as well). And at the end, I’m going to talk about Berelain and issues surrounding situations such as hers.
As Tier 3 began getting towards the end (these last 3 weeks or so), I began to realize that I wanted to do some different things with the Casting. Firstly, I wanted to have reference pictures for the characters, and secondly, I wanted to put a bit more information about my choosing process. However, for characters of lesser importance, there is not always reference art out there, and where there is, it is often either very old, or very inaccurate (at least, according to the in-book descriptions).
For many years, Richard Boye had the defining art for the series. I remember after reading The Fires of Heaven shortly after its release, scouring the internet (and the old #TwoRivers IRC channel on :ahem: some server :ahem: ) and finding Boye’s Ta’veren art, and knowing that that was what Rand, Mat, and Perrin looked like. It was like superhero art for the Wheel of Time, and it was fantastic.
Nowadays, it seems to me that when Wheel of Time art is spoken of, two artists show up in every discussion as being the most important WoT artists of the day: Seamas Gallagher and Jeremy Saliba. Both of these artists are professionals at the top of their game, and have really done what they’ve needed to do to capture the WoT characters. Do I think they are spot on with every image? Do I never think that characters look differently from their depictions? No to both questions, but that doesn’t stop me from recognizing that their art has pretty much defined many of the characters in recent years.
So with that being said, for Tier 2 Castings, I will be choosing (at my own arbitrary whim) my favorite of the depictions by these two artists, and using them as my secondary reference point for choosing an actor, followed by my chief reference point of the characters’ first appearance “on screen” where we get the first real description of their looks.
Each post will have an in-series-look at the character, followed by description and reference art, then followed by a few pictures of my Casting choice and some monologue on why I chose them (at my own arbitrary whim).
So, speaking of “my own arbitrary whim,” let’s talk about Berelain.
I originally chose Anne Hathaway for Berelain, and quite frankly, never liked my choice. I just don’t like Anne Hathaway. I’m a little disappointed she’s going to be Catwoman in the next Batman movie, but I’ll survive. However, I did think that she met the description well. After stewing on that choice for a week, I decided to change her to someone (whom I still believe) much better fits Berelain: Juliet Landau. This brought a lot of vehement disagreement, and while I can see the reasoning for it, I actually believe my choice is a solid one. Anyone who has ever seen her go into full ‘seduction mode’ in Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have no doubt believing she could pull off Berelain.
With that being said, I realize people hate the choice, and I have decided to change her again. What I am offering is a choice between three actresses I have chosen, who all fit the base description of Berelain, and who would all be able to play the seductress very well. These actresses are Taylor Cole, Cindy Sampson, and Emmanuelle Vaugier. All three of these actresses are strong in their own way, and have often played (in either movies or TV shows) a character that has meant to be mostly sex-appeal. I will leave it to you to find more apt descriptions of their filmography and acting chops. I will, however, provide you with pictures of them:
Here is a link to the poll where you can vote on which of these three will play Berelain:
And finally, here is my statement on this happening in the future: “It Won’t.” 🙂 Seriously. I have made this list because most of the Casting sites out there do nothing but just throw in the latest hunk they can find to play the Ta’veren, and then don’t even bother trying to match characters to descriptions otherwise. I’m not saying all of them do this, but many I’ve seen do. Whether or not you agree with the specifics of those I’ve chosen, I am putting a lot of effort into actually choosing actors and actresses who not only look the part, but are good actors who can hold their own in a film. I put a lot of thought into this to just be told by some random person on the internet, “Hey, there’s no way XXX actor could do YYY character.” So yeah, I’m making a concession here, but go ahead and fully expect that if (and likely, when) there is major disagreement again, I won’t be making any changes. After all, you could always start your own blog. 😉 Nothing harsh or rude intended here, just letting you know that I’m going to be posting on through with this based on my own opinion.
So next week starts Tier 2. Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to vote for Berelain!