Help Me Cast Rhythms & Muse: The (Hypothetical) Movie

Ever since I started telling people my 30-second synopsis of Rhythms & Muse, more often than not they respond, “That would make a good movie!”

Image from Salvatore Vuono’s portfolio.

I can envision specific actors portraying my characters (which I’ll share at the end), but I’d love if those of you familiar with the book, or who read through the descriptions below, would suggest actors to play both the teenaged and 40-something roles of the main six characters in the story. Don’t forget a number of them are musical. (You know, of course, I already have  a head start on the soundtrack with the five songs I composed for my CD. Yay!)

Let’s see if we can come to some consensus on who should be in the movie. Who knows, if I sell the story eventually, we might actually be able to pursue the actors you suggest here. So, hit me with your best star!

Add a comment at the end of this post including your casting choices for the teenaged actor and the 40-something actor who could potentially play one or all of my characters. You can use this format when you comment:

Character: [name]
Teen actor: [suggested name]
40-something actor: [suggested name]


Alexandra Lauren

  • The heroine
  • In love with Matt
  • Striking/curly light blonde hair/green eyes/slim/5’4”
  • Practical, almost controlling
  • Disbelieving of intuitions at first
  • Driven
  • Talented vocalist
  • Honest
  • Loyal
  • Witty
  • Smart

Matt Roberts

  • Childhood friend of Daniel and Kathy
  • In love with Alex
  • Handsome/honey brown hair/hazel eyes/slim/5’10”
  • Talented composer/pianist
  • Frustrated with home responsibilities forced on him by his parents
  • Dreamer
  • Home-body
  • Loner
  • Loves kids
  • Honest
  • Smart

Daniel Post

  • Matt’s conniving best friend, childhood friend of Kathy
  • In love with Alex
  • Gorgeous/blonde/blue eyes/athletic/6’1”
  • Conniving and manipulative
  • Resourceful
  • Jock/athletic
  • Smart
  • Loves action

Kathy Sampson

  • Daniel and Matt’s childhood friend, former best friend of Suzanne, hates Alex
  • In love with Matt
  • Pretty/brunette/brown eyes/lanky/5’7”
  • Follower, not leader
  • Loves catering and planning parties
  • Smart
  • Loyal
  • Resourceful

Suzanne Briggs

  • Alex’s best friend
  • In love with Brett
  • Plain/brunette/brown eyes/plump/5’6”
  • Hippie-ish
  • Insightful
  • Wise
  • Generous
  • Friendly
  • Funny

Brett Thompkins

  • School friend of Alex’s
  • In love with Suzanne
  • Cute/ginger-haired/hazel eyes/wiry/5’9”
  • Funny
  • Friendly
  • Dorky
  • From Texas

Here are my initial choices:

Alexandra Lauren
Teen: Emma Watson (Hermione in Harry Potter)
40s: Elizabeth Shue (Back to the Future), Jodi Foster, Drew Barrymore
Matt Roberts:
Teen: Nathan Kress (iCarly)
40s: Penn Badgley (John Tucker Must Die, Easy A), Jake Gyllenhaal
Daniel Post
Teen: Tom Felton (Harry Potter)
40s: Joseph Gorden-Levitt (Inception)
Kathy Sampson
Teen: Anna Kendrick (Twilight)
40s: Lauren Graham (Loralei in The Gilmore Girls), Diane Lane
Suzanne Briggs
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter)
40s: Marissa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, Crazy Stupid Love), Sandra Bullock
Brett Thompkins
Teen: Jim Phelps (Harry Potter)
40s: Tom Wilson (Biff in Back to the Future)

Do you agree? Who else can you suggest?

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