Who wants to fantasy cast it with me? (Observation: when you say you're fan casting The Fifth Season, a large proportion of people will say "the fifth season of what?")
I've been thinking about this for days, ever since I realized that I really wanted Lance Reddick for Alabaster. He often plays hypercompetent (see The Wire), which is very Alabaster; I think he could do haughty and despairing with the same skill.
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Danai Gurira. She's proven herself playing an action role (The Walking Dead), but the rest of her resume shows so much of the range I want to see in this character.
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But Lily had the perfect answer to this question: Aiden Gillen. He's almost too perfect, because it's so perfectly in his wheelhouse--he is the most civilized, friendly man in the room. But he will not flinch when he breaks all the bones in your hand to prove a point.
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Lily also helped me with Hoa; I was totally stumped there. She had a suggestion of the kid from Parenthood, which I had never seen, but that kid is in his 20s now. But the picture made me think of Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, and I think he might be my choice for Hoa. At the very least, he is delicate and pale but also, I could believe he was made of marble.
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(I don't want to be too spoilery, because I know a lot of my friends haven't read the books yet but plan to, but I will say that I thought about a different type of actress for Tonkee, but could not ultimately come up with a choice that seemed right, partly because of Tonkee's age and partly because I just don't know enough actresses who meet that criteria. But suggestions are welcome!)
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I absolutely cannot wait. The Stone Sky is here on my Kindle. Squee!