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17 May 2010 @ 10:28 am
old kingdom trilogy - casting  

Sabriel is described as being a 'curiously pale' young woman with dark hair cut fashionably short. She's willowy and slender in physique, and is quite tall - almost the same height as Touchstone. She's also the protagonist of the first book, a prominent character in the last two, and the Abhorsen. I'm a little biased since I absolutely adore Keira, but she was the face of my Sabriel ever since I read the series oh so many years ago, and I think she'd be perfect in the role. Not to mention - she rocks any sort of period piece she chooses to do, always.

Mogget is an incredibly powerful (and sarcastic) Free Magic being who acts as guardian to Sabriel and for the majority of the series takes the form of a white cat. I know there's a tie between the popularity of Alan Rickman and Tim Curry for the voice of Mogget, but what about Jeremy? He's done voicework before as the magnificent Scar in The Lion King, and his voice is amazing. It's hard to show that in images, obviously, but I didn't want to leave him out.

Terciel is Sabriel's father, who raises her from birth after her mother dies in labor. He is the Abhorsen, who is "one of the most respected figures in the Old Kingdom, the Abhorsen uses both the dangerous Free Magic-based powers of a necromancer and the benevolent magic of the Charter to keep the gates of Death against the return of Dead spirits back into Life." He's not a large character but is important nonetheless, and Mads is both an amazing actor and has the perfect look for the role.

Touchstone first appears as a stone figurehead on a ship after being put into a years-long sleep. He's described as having curly black hair and is, of course, handsome. He's also got a little berserker rage problem and, as you can see from the colour picture I chose of Henry, he can portray that sort of thing well. It also helps that he's devastatingly handsome and, like Keira, really knows how to rock the period genre.

Lirael is the main character of the second and third novels in the trilogy, and is Sabriel's half-sister and the Abhorsen-In-Waiting. She grows up amongst the Clayr, a race of people who are mostly blonde, blue-eyed and tanned. I love Gemma, and she has both the perfect colouring for Lirael but also just the right look - at least in my opinion. She also has the talent to go from socially awkward Lirael in the beginning to kickass Nick-rescuing golden-handed Lirael in the end of the novel.

Like Mogget, the Dog is a powerful Free Magic being and Lirael's companion and guardian. She's also amazing, and I love her. I can hear Helen's voice in my head now - she's both warm and wise but commanding and fierce and guh, I can't say enough. Also, her and Jeremy Irons as Mogget snarkying it up would be wonderful.

Sameth, Sameth, Sameth. My god did I want to punch this kid repeatedly, but I think that's the point. He's only around in the second and third novels and is Sabriel and Touchstone's son, and thought to be the Abhorsen-In-Waiting. He's a big ol' coward, though, but his journey through the novel is interesting (and he grows on you). Tom looks the part and is, I think, a very nice young actor.

Ellimere is Sabriel and Touchstone's daughter and first child, and will become Queen when her parents pass away. You really only see her through Sameth's eyes and he thinks her to be rather bossy and annoying, but by the end of the trilogy their sibling bond is a lot stronger. Kaya can do a lot with a little and she also looks the part to a T! Look at those eyebrows. Very Keira Knightley!

Nicholas Sayre is the nephew of the Chief Minister of Ancelstierre, and a close friend of Sameth. He's an unwitting participant in the scheme to release Orannis, and is possessed by Orannis himself. He's also my absolute favourite character, if only for the extremity of his journey. Initially I wanted to use Jacob Pitts, who you might know from The Pacific, but settled on Garrett if only because of age. Nick and Lirael are around the same age and Jacob's almost thirty, I think. Anyway! Garrett works well too, he displays a great acting range - especially in Four Brothers - and I'd love to see him opposite Gemma Arterton in an adorable little romance.

Chlorr was once a powerful Free Magic sorcerer but was bound into Death by the Sabriel. She returns for the second book by possessing a new form, but ends up bound to Orannis instead of commanding him and Hedge like she'd wanted to. There's hints at a much deeper character than we're shown in the books, and apparently Nix is underway in writing her as the main character in another novel. You really only see her with a mask on for most of the time, but oh my god, Rebecca has the most amazing eyes. And I like Chlorr as a redhead. I'm allowed to, since I am one, there's no dissin' here.

Hedge is a powerful necromancer who manipulates Nick and is in service to Orannis. He's around a hundred years old and is bald, and I mean, come on, Malkovich could phone this in he's so goddamn amazing. But he wouldn't, because he is amazing and therefore would rock the shit out of it.

Kerrigor is the Big Bad in the first book, and it's also revealed - oh, spoiler alert lulz - that he's Touchstone's half brother. Now come on, Matt Bomer is like Henry's twin, but he's also got that crazy Jonathan Rhys-Meyers rape eye thing going on, so he could totally play the twisted scary Kerrigor and his ambitious murdering princely former self, Rogerik.

cap ou pas cap?timebomb on May 17th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
so much pretty!
Brie: WC - Neal and Peterbriebellamy on May 17th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
I love the thought of Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer playing Touchstone and Rogerik! I would have never thought of that casting but it's just perfect!
hollydanvers on May 17th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
This is gorgeous!
ellen: Roththefoxconfessor on May 17th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
wow, I read this series like 7 years ago or something, and this really makes me want to reread it. I looove this casting, especially Henry Cavill as Touchstone. He actually look pretty much exactly how I imagined Touchstone in my head.
arisingPROPHETarisingprophet on May 17th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
this is so good.

i want to read this again now!
That Amber Girl: Otre: Stockingsfevervignettes on May 17th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. The only one I disagree a bit with is Touchstone, but I can't think of anyone better to replace that actor with. =D
a chuisle mo chroífrostedpopcorn on May 17th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Yes, yes YES! These are some of my favourite books of all times and this picspam is super-pretty and believable. I think I'll reread the books soon.. ^^
a particularly heartless line of binary codecharlie_d_blue on May 17th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
This is amazing!
no, really.srslyuguise on July 11th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to have found someone who loves these books as much as me! I love all of these.
mariemorilorin on March 2nd, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
ran into this randomly. Love your idea of Gemma as Lirael (though I haven't seen her ever in a role of someone as shy as Lirael before leaving the glacier - i think i find it hard to even imagine her face not displaying confidence. She is a great actress though. )
Sadieakkismos on December 11th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hey there - after randomly searching around looking for Old Kingdom stuff I discovered your lovely entry. It's one of the most nicely done personal casting-choices I've seen, and I'm sure others would love to see it too! You'd be more than welcome to post it to garth_nix or create a link there to bring people back here. (Sorry for spam, I just know there are others who'd be thrilled to see. Thank you!)