Whenever I begin a new short story, serial or novel, I always like to have something visual to go along with the words on the page. Hence the drawings. But before I even sketch out a rough likeness, I like to have something to base their basic appearances on. So, I turn to Google and track down photographs of actors who I feel have the look I'm trying to describe. Sometimes, I may use multiple actors for a single character, throw out old when I find new ones or completely confuse myself by doing a mixture of both.
Doing this also leads me to wonder who would play them if it were turned into a film, which, I refuse to consider a far-flung idea (even if certain scenes may have to be, ahem, toned down *ouch*). So, because that wonderful thought has been bouncing around inside my head, here is the perfect Innocence Lost cast if filming began this year. Or maybe even next. Hint. Hint.
Feel free to cross those fingers, eh?
Jake Goodman (Max, Max & Shred) has a number of credits under his belt, including Life With Boys, Pacific Rim and Skins among numerous others. From what I've seen, he has the makings of a very successful career in front of the camera and I have no doubt he could handle the intense scenes that portraying a character like Rylan entails.
Jace Norman (Henry/Kid Danger, Henry Danger) doesn't have a monster list of credits but has already shown he can act. The characters I've seen him play have been hero-types, even if it takes them a while to do the right thing, and he manages it with apparent ease so him as the stalwart Logan would be an easy choice.
When I first described Lukas, he was much different in appearance and, honestly, I wasn't feeling it. So I redesigned and had no clue who might play him. But after I saw Reece Everett Ryan (Kyle, The Sphere) in In Good Spirits, I saw the perfect actor to play the older Grayson brother.
Jeremy looks harmless but he's very dangerous, something that I think Samuel Caruana (Dylan, Moms) could easily pull off. With guest spots on various show, including Victorious and Girl Meets World, he already knows what to do in front of the camera as well as behind as writer and director of Hummingbird and Star WarZ Episode 3: Revenge of the Breath.
When I first noticed Peyton List (Emma, Jessie), I was shocked; she is exactly as I always imagined Nat to look. Why wouldn't I want her for the role (even if it's not really happening)? She has the experience, as Holly in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (and its sequel) as well as numerous guest spots.
When I saw Samantha Logan (Tia, The Fosters), it was like seeing a real life Khloe. After also seeing her on Teen Wolf, I knew she'd be perfect for the non-movie film. With television roles on shows such as General Hospital to 666 Park Avenue, she's already amassed quite a resume.
Paris Berelc (Skylar, Mighty Med) is an easy choice for Grace as her experience playing a strong character who tends to ignore or even deny her weaknesses is a trait that drives Grace to do things she'd be better off not doing.
As Shake It Up's CeCe, Bella Thorne (Madison, The DUFF) showed her talent for sweet but ditzy. On Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, she showed she could be the total opposite as Celia. For Ava, whoever played her would need both; she can go from sweet (sometimes) to nasty (default mode) on a dime.
Ed Oxenbould (Alexander, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) has already shown he's not just a run of the mill wannabe as his roles in Alexander... and Puberty Blues proves. As the youngest Kent, there's no one else to even consider.
Niko Baur (Alex, Prarenthood) is still building his resume but something tells me he'd be perfect for the role that really sets the entire story off, even if his time is (maybe, possibly) limited.
One year ago, Rylan Sinclair watched as his world collapsed. Since then, he has struggled to come to terms with the savage attack he suffered at the hands of the psychopath who murdered his mother before his eyes. Every night, his dreams go back to the real life nightmare that changed everything.
And now, there's someone who wants to finish what started that fateful night...
In the small town of Cliff's End, there is a blood thirsty murder on the loose and Rylan is the last name on that killer's list.
Can Rylan survive another brutal lunatic? Will anyone survive the massacre that threatens to flood the streets of his small hometown with the blood of innocents?
Can lost innocence ever be reclaimed?