Monday, April 21, 2014

Guest Post: Casting the Making of Nebraska Brown

by Louise Caiola
Release Date: February 2, 2014

The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.

Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.

The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.

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Guest Post: Casting the Making of Nebraska Brown

I am NOT a frustrated screen-writer. I haven’t ever aspired to create a Hollywood script or a Broadway play. But I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a bit of movie-making going on behind the scenes when I write my novels. In fact, for the most part, when I’m plotting and pacing, my mind visits each scene as though it were part of some film or TV show. I try to imagine what I would want to “see” happen next if I were watching this story come to life before my eyes. Along with that, I also envision who I would like to see fill the role of the characters that I meet in my work.

It’s a fantasy. Come on. Everybody needs at least ONE, right?

The Making of Nebraska Brown – The Movie.

After they’ve revived me (because of course, I’ve fainted) I am asked who I might like to cast in the lead roles. My actors of choice. Well, gee, I’ve never even…oh, like hell. I have. You know and I know it. So here goes:

Ann Leigh – Shailene Woodley (I had her in mind long before Divergent so I ought to get first dibs.) Second Choice – Hailee Steinfeld.

Tommy – Joe Jonas. Period. End of discussion.

Shane – Jason Dolley. The perfect Shane.

Tessa –  Isabel Lucas

Renata – Emma Stone

Sissy – Saoirse Ronan

I would enjoy hearing who you guys think would play these roles! Lay it on me.
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  1. Sounds intriguing!

    I know most of those actors, but not all.