We have Lea Scheier on the blog today, talking about who she would cast if YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR was made into a movie. Who doesn't love a good ream cast!? We've also got a great giveaway for a finished copy of YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR, so be sure to stick around and check that out at the bottom of the post!!
With out further ado, I give you Leah Scheier!
Who would you cast in the movie version of Your Voice Is All I Hear?
Ezra Miller, my top choice for Jonah is, at 22, already a bit too old to play the role. But after seeing him in Perks of Being a Wallflower (he stole every scene he was in!) and We Need to Talk About Kevin, I can't imagine a better actor for the part. He has the look—tall, thin, pale, with high cheekbones and curly dark hair. (Ezra has dark eyes and Jonah's are blue—but that's easily changed with contacts.) More important than look, though, is talent. It would take some serious acting chops to portray Jonah's terrifying descent into madness. Most decent actors can scream and rave, but I'd want someone who could show the audience the soul beneath the disordered mind. One of the main themes of my novel is that Jonah, despite his schizophrenia, is still Jonah. He's sweet and funny, intelligent and creative. He is not his illness. I think that Ezra Miller is one of the rare actors who could bring all of that to the screen, and show us the humanity behind his pain.
As for April--I haven't found my dream actress for her yet. I picture April as sweet and plain, not typical Hollywood gorgeous and definitely not “stunning-behind-the-glasses” either. (You know the trope-- the only thing between her and a Vanity Fair cover is a pair of contacts and some hair mousse.) April is a girl people might pass over at first, but who begins to shine as you get to know her. I would be thrilled if readers sent me their ideas! My daughters and I have had many animated discussions about the topic, and though we all agreed on Ezra Miller for Jonah, everyone had their own concept of what April looks like. That's the great thing about books; each reader brings a new perspective. I would love to hear yours!
I'm going to break the author code a little and “cast” Jeremy Piven as Dr. Golden, Jonah's father. I'm breaking the code because Piven doesn't really look like Jonah, and in the book I described the dad as being a more severe version of the son. But I can't get the actor out of my head ever since I binge-watched Mr. Selfridge and Entourage. That intensity, the constant shif of emotions in those bright eyes, the undercurrent of anger and contempt beneath every line. So perfect for the scene where they have it out in Dr. Hermann's office!
Speaking of Dr. Hermann: yeah, I totally pictured Angelina Jolie as Jonah's psychiatrist. I know, I know, in my dreams! But, hey, while I'm fake casting, might as well reach for the stars, right?
“I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key. And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen.”
April won't let Jonah go without a fight. He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?
About The Author
Leah Scheier works as a pediatrician and pens stories of romance and adventure. Her first novel, Secret Letters, was published in June 2012 (Hyperion/Disney) and received a starred review from School Library Journal, as well as glowing reviews from Booklist, VOYA, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Maryland. Learn more at leahscheier.com.
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