Casting: Ilona Andrews’ “Kate Daniels” Part 3

After this post I’m going to pause on the Kate Daniels casting for a bit. It’s just a fun time waster anyway.

My next casting attempt is Mahon. Now, I always pictured Michael Clarke Duncan as Mahon and that’s whose voice I hear when I read. But in looking for a good picture of him for this part I couldn’t quite find it. So I decided to go with something closer to Mahon’s description in the books. That’s always stumped me.

And then I remembered Jeff Bridges. He’s not as huge as Mahon is described, but he does make it to 6’1″ and that’s taller than a lot of Hollywooders. And he’s just a fantastic actor. Now that I’m thinking about it even more, I can easily see him playing this part.

So: Mahon

He looks like he’s about to say something that’s going to piss off Curran or George. It’s perfect!

Mahon is married to Martha. She’s described a little bit in the books, but I hadn’t really put much thought into her character until the last book where she and Kate have a very nice scene. She’s African American, which is great because — since I always pictured Michael Clarke Duncan, I then pictured George as being African American. So it all works out even though I’m no longer picturing the late, great MCD.

I looked and looked for an actress that would work. Martha is strong. Physically, as well as emotionally. She’s married to a cranky old Kodiak and she’s a shifter herself. She hasn’t been in the books very much, but she’s made an impression every time she’s shown up. I finally settled on Angela Bassett. She doesn’t look it, but she’s 58 years old, which puts her at a very good age to be George’s mother and Curran’s “adopted” mom. And Angela Bassett has always kicked ass.

So: Martha


That wraps up the casting frenzy for now. I’m sure I’ll come back to it. For instance, I’m not sold on Rafael. And there are many other characters in the books I’ve yet to even think about casting-wise. It’s a fun exercise in any case.

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Casting: Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

I’m not going to review this series right now. I’ll get to it, but it’s another one that I feel I have to put more heart into in order to do it justice. It’s amazing, and I can’t just blurp out a review because I want to fill some blog space.

BUT — I can blurp out some casting ideas. So here’s me. Blurping.

First and foremost — Kate. What’s she like? Well, she’s striking, athletic, intense. She’s got long, dark hair. She kicks ass; it’s her raison d’être.

I’ve had such a hard time coming up with someone for Kate, but then I saw the execrable Batman vs Superman and Gal Gadot stole the movie as Wonder Woman. I looked at her and immediately thought she’d be wonderful as Kate Daniels. Of course, already being Wonder Woman, she probably wouldn’t accept another kick ass female part, but she’s my Head Kate from now on.

Only Kate would  never wear those earrings. It’s bad enough she’s got long hair that can be pulled out of her head in a fight, she doesn’t need her earlobes shredded as well.

Now on to Curran. What’s he like? Well, he’s powerful, only about 5’10” or 5’11”, but he seems bigger because of his intensity. He’s got short, blond hair. Kate often refers to him as a psychopath.

I used to picture young Dolph Lundgren for Curran, but Lundgren is way too tall. Now I picture Charlie Hunnam.

He’s got a stick! He’s gonna hit somebody!

Now I feel I really need to cast Andrea. She’s a little bit of a tough find because Andrea is a small, blond woman who’s kind of cute/pretty but is extremely deadly. But I’ll give it a shot.

And so I chose Dakota Fanning. I kept seeing her name pop up as I searched, but I dismissed her until I saw this picture. This is a good look for Andrea, I think.

Beautiful, but older than her years in that picture. That’s Andrea. Heck, that’s pretty much all the characters in this series.

I’ll have to come back and do some more casting tomorrow. There are a lot of characters and I’m too tired to manage it right now.

I love the photos of Kate and Curran above. She looks like she’s about to skewer him with a wisecrack for his tough-guy-with-a-stick routine. Ha!

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