Casting Ideas for Missing Time (9)

Remember when I said I rarely ever cast characters as a specific actor in my mind. Well from the very beginning, I had one guy in mind for the character of Carl Macklin, the villain (or misguided anti-hero?) of Missing Time.

Carl’s mind has become a living computer, giving him the ability to understand everything around him, and examine the outcome of every action, calculating thousands of probable futures in a matter of seconds. He is described as white haired, with glasses, and Brandon actually refers to him by this actor’s name throughout the *entire series*.

Brent Spiner, ladies and gentlemen.

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Casting Ideas for Missing Time (8)

Zachary is the most mysterious character of Missing Time. You don’t even find out his last name in the first book. (It’s Wells.) Zachary’s power to heal people would be big enough, but he can also bring them back from the dead, and he himself seems to be virtually unkillable.

Zachary is described as medium build, blond hair, and before the crash had never spoken a single word. He appears to have special needs, perhaps a learning disability, and seems somewhat lost without his father to take care of him.

I think Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta in The Hunger Games, could pull off Zachary’s earnestness well.

josh hutcherson

Casting Ideas for Missing Time (7)

Tyler Chambers, blinded in an accident, finds his sight restored in the crash and his new eyes have the power to hold solid objects in place, and even disassemble them and reassemble at a molecular level, among other things.

There’s really only one actor to play the handsome Tyler, and I even made reference to him in Time Spent. (Becca compares him to this actor, to which Tyler replies, “I get that a lot.”)

Matt Bomer is the only one I can see playing Tyler.


Casting Ideas for Missing Time (6)

Heather McDonnell has one of the most bizarre powers in the group: she can become whatever she touches, transforming herself into anything from a working motorcycle to a spash of water or a gust of air.

Heather is described as a rather ordinary girl with mouse brown hair and a troubled background, growing up with her alcoholic mother, she struggles with identity issues.

This sounds to me like a good part for Shailene Woodley, star of Divergent!

shailene woodley

Casting Ideas For Missing Time (5)

Mia Lozano is transformed into a powerhouse of energy, capable of throwing cars and smashing through walls. Channeling her rage into a cracking yellow energy, she is capable of enormous violence and destruction.

But Mia herself is described as being tiny, very short and thin and petite, with black hair which has been dyed electric blue.

Honestly, I could think of only one actress I would want in this role. Game of Thrones’ Maisey Williams would rock the part!


Casting Ideas for Missing Time (4)

Simon Chu is tall, athletic, and handsome. A natural at sports, he struggles with science, and thanks to a power gone awry, finds himself devolving into a gorilla-like creature.

Harry Shum, Jr., from Step Up 2 The Streets, seems perfect for the part!


Casting Ideas for Missing Time (3)

Rebecca “Becca” Miller is a girl with some serious issues. None of which are improved when she receives the ability to read and control people’s minds. She can even take over your body and walk you around like a puppet on her mental strings.

Becca is described as a total stunner with long blonde hair, green eyes, and a bitterly sarcastic attitude.

This role needs a gorgeous actress with a dark side. How about Gage Golightly, from Five Days to Midnight? She seems to fit the bill nicely.


Casting Ideas for Missing Time (2)

When looking around for young actors I might see in the role of Brandon Holt, one guy jumped out and I have not gotten him out of my head since.

Brandon of course has the ability to fly, even to “warp speed” through space, and potentially much more. He is described in the book as a gangly boy with a mop of curly hair. He’s a nerdy kid with boundless optimism for his super powers.

Colin Ford from TV’s Under the Dome seems to actually BE Brandon, if you look at enough images. Check it out!

colin ford

Casting Ideas for Missing Time (Part 1)

I don’t usually visualize a particular person while writing, or name a person who I think fits the part, primarily because I don’t want to limit my readers from visualizing the character the way they want. But I thought, why not have fun and name the people I might cast as parts from MISSING TIME.

Let’s start with the part of Kevin Lloyd, the hero who seems strangely different from the others. Most powers don’t seem to affect him. Nothing can hurt him, and he can move through space and solid matter as though reality has no hold on him.

Kevin is described in the book as bald, African American, and of medium build. I think Trai Byers of TV’s Empire might be a good fit.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the next pick. In the meantime, feel free to share any casting choices of your own. Who could you see playing Kevin?

trai byers

Release Date for “Evenlight” by Krista Walsh Announced

My friend, Canadian author Krista Walsh has announced the release date for the third book in her series The Meratis Trilogy, Evenlight.  The first two books followed the plight of writer Jeff Powell and his own character creations, the inhabitants of Andvell, who it turns out might not be so fictitious after all.

Evenlight picks up where volume two, Eventide, left off:Evenlight-EbookCover-V3-loRes

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