Tortall TV series cast ideas: The 'Song of the Lioness' characters
Before Christmas I re-read the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce - first re-read since I was eleven, but I loved it and now I'm trying to get caught up on all her other books. Having a nose at the author's twitter, I discovered that the Tortall books are finally going to be adapted! Tamora Pierce has resisted TV companies for years, holding out for someone who will buy the whole franchise and now she's found a taker. So that's something to look forward to in a post-pandemic world! The casting will be tricky, I think, because of how the characters age over the course of the quartet and later The Immortals, Protector of the Small and Trickster's Choice series. Will they change the actors for different ages? Make them older at the beginning? Who knows. But I had fun trying to come up with casting ideas. Really I hope they use mostly unknowns, but here are a few I think could do a good job:
Sophia Lillis, Isla Johnston, Sadie Sink, Florence Pugh, Freya Allen, Ruby Ashbourne-Serkis, Joey King
Alanna is meant to be little and stocky and red-haired, but it's more important that she's got the star quality to carry what's probably going to be the biggest role in the series/franchise. (That's not to say she has to be famous already.) Just updated this to include Sophia Lillis (It) because I actually think she'd be a brilliant Alanna. She's nineteen, so depending how they do it you'd still need to cast a younger actress for the earlier bit. For little Alanna, I think young Beth from The Queens Gambit could carry it off. For other ideas: Sadie Sink (Stranger Things) - eighteen in real life, but looks younger, so could do the middle bit, and maybe Florence Pugh for grown up Alanna? Freya Allen from The Witcher or Ruby Ashbourne-Serkis - from A Letter from the King - might be possibilities too, but that could just be because I've seen them in other teen fantasy shows.
Jonah Haur-King, Timothy Chalamet, Logan Lerman
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mena Massoud, Dean-Charles Chapman
Jack Barton, Asa Butterfield, Alex Lawther
Richard Madden, Craig Parker, Jonathon Bailey,
Joe Cole, Josh Dylan
I love this actor (Ed from Game of Thrones, Shanker from Strike) and I think he'd do justice to Coram's old soldier/exasperated father figure vibe.
Jim Broadbent, Stephen Dillane, Jack Davenport,
Auli'i Cravalho, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Ajiona Alexus, Naomi Scott
Thaddea Graham, Amy-Leigh Hickman
Beattie Edney, Tara Lynne O'Neill
Who would you cast?