Fancast Friday: The Madman's Daughter

16 January 2015

Hello there!

It's Friday once again. I am finally done with college for the week and can resume reading and blogging (and a little revision) for the weekend. But, Fridays are very special days here on the blog because they're the day where I get to play casting director and do some imaginary casting of actors I would like to see play the characters in a screen adaptation of a book that I've read. So far I've done The Selection by Kiera Cass and The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. Today, I'm going to fancasting The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd.

I haven't read the rest of the trilogy yet, but I absolutely fell in love with the first book and am surprised that there isn't a huge fandom out there for it. It's incredible! So while I wait for my birthday in March for my next big book splurge, here are my choices to play Juliet, Edward and Montgomery.

I'd like to point out that the majority of my fan castings are not one hundred perfect accurate to the looks of the characters as described in the books. These castings that I do are going by the kind of character appearance I pictured while reading meaning that certain features could be totally off from the book's description.


I think that Gemma Arterton would be absolutely perfect to play our curious female protagonist, Juliet Moreau. The English actress is my number one pick for Juliet and has been in everything from period dramas like Lost in Austen and Tess of the D'Urbervilles to playing more badass, no-nonsense roles in films like Prince of Persia.

I have adored Gemma and her work since I saw her doing an interview on the Graham Norton show. She's lovely, has the right look for Juliet and is a terrific actress. She's played sweet and naive characters to characters that are gutsy and curious. All of those sum up Juliet wonderfully. You only need to watch her in BBC's adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles to know that she would make a flawless Juliet Moreau.

If I had to pick a second a choice for Juliet, I would choose Aussie actress Jessica De Guow.

I'd seen Jessica in NBC's short lived series Dracula where she brilliantly played Mina Murray. But since the shows unfortunate canceling, I'd forgotten about the actress until I stumbled upon a The Madman's Daughter inspired photoset on Tumblr which had Jessica fancasted as Juliet which led me to including her in this list.

She was absolutely stunning in Dracula. Not to mention, her character was a medical student. With Juliet's life being orientated around the world of medicine and science, I have no qualms that Jessica would be able to convincingly pull the character off.


My first choice for Edward is Ben Barnes (left).

Barnes is probably best known for his portrayl of Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia movies and the 2009 adaptation of Dorian Gray in which he played the titular character.

More recently, Barnes can be seen in HBO's new sci-fi series Westworld and in Netflix's Marvel The Punisher series.

Another great choice, in my eyes, for Edward would be Francois Arnaud (right).

I haven't actually seen him in anything over than The Borgias, but he did such an amazing job playing Cesare and to be honest, he also fits what I imagined while reading.


For me, Toby Regbo (left) IS Montgomery. He completely fits the description we are given in Shepherd's novel and is exactly what I pictured.

Toby also stars in CW's Reign, but played Young Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.

He's a fantastic actor, a fellow Brit and absolutely lovely. I think he'd make for an endearing Montgomery. Even if I was completely rooting for Edward and Juliet in the novel, perhaps Toby as Montgomery could bring a likable air to Mr. James and make me change my mind.

While Toby Regbo is 100% my Montgomery, if there had to be another and to even out all the options on the post, I think that Freddie Fox (right) would be another actor I'd like to see in the role. He's a phenomenal actor who has starred in projects such as The Riot Club, Victor Frankenstein and Cucumber. More recently, he played Romeo in the Kenneth Branagh theatre take on the Shakespeare tragedy.

Both him and Toby would definitely bring Montgomery to life.

Let me know who you'd like to see play Juliet, Edward, Montgomery and the other The Madman's Daughter characters. Once I manage to get my hands on and read Her Dark Curiosity I may do more fancasting for this series.

Hope you have a great day!
Until next time,

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