January 16, 2009

The Lies of Locke Lamora

"On a distant world, orphan Locke Lamora is sold into a crew of thieves and con artists. Soon his natural gifts make him an underworld celebrity, leader of the flamboyantly larcenous Gentleman Bandits. But there is someone who covets Locke's talents, his success, his very life, forcing him to put everything on the line to protect himself. With a world so vividly realized that it's positively tactile, and characters so richly drawn that they threaten to walk right off the page, this is one of those novels that reaches out and grabs readers, pulling us into the middle of the action. With this debut novel, Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens (the parallels to Oliver Twist offer an appealing extra dimension to the story, although the novel is no mere reimagining of that Victorian classic). Fans of lavishly appointed fantasy will be in seventh heaven here, but it will be nearly as popular with readers of literary crime fiction. This is a true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf. Expect it to be among the year's most impressive debuts." --Booklist

Dramatis Personae

Craig Horner as Locke Lamora- His appearance is average in every way, "medium height, medium build, medium-dark hair cropped short above a face that was neither handsome nor memorable." He is the leader of the Gentleman Bastards and an excellent thief and actor. However, he is useless in a fight. Father Chains refers to him as the "properly evil brain...a fantastic liar."

Daniel Cudmore as Jean Tannen- He is the muscle of the gang and Locke's best friend. Father Chains calls him "a plain old bruiser...a standup brawler to keep friends out of trouble...a real rabid-dog bastard with steel in his hand." His carries with him the Wicked Sisters, a pair of hatchets that are his weapons of choice. As a child, he was an overweight kid, "pear-shaped," and he's still large, albeit with a great wealth of muscle hidden under his fat.

Harry and Luke Treadaway as Calo and Galdo Sanzo- Twins who were Father Chains first recruits. Chains says "they are silver in all trades and gold at none." They have olive skin, black hair, and hooked noses. They love practical jokes and provide much of the comedy relief in the story.

Ben Walker as Bug- Bug is the junior member of the Gentleman Bastards and is still in training. He's 12 years old and eager to prove his worth to the senior members of the gang.

Sam Elliot as Father Chains- Raised the four senior members of the Gentleman Bastards and is responsible for their education. His name refers to his act as a blind priest chained to the temple of Perelandro who relies on the charity of passing citizens for survival. He is described as "a man of late middle years with a chest as broad as a scrivener's desk and a beard that clung to his craggy face like a pad of scrubbing wool."

Jim Carter as Capa Barsavi- The head of the guild that includes thieves and other criminals. Capa is a title, similar to Godfather. He's a big man with a dark beard that is braided into "three whipcords of hair."

Eliza Dushku as Mazca Barsavi- Capa's daughter and would-be successor. She has dark hair, a heart-shaped face, and wears glasses. She and Locke are very close friends.

James Purefoy as The Gray King- The villain of the story. He sets about bring down the current crime guild in order to set up his own. He is a master manipulator and uses others to forward his own plans. He is anywhere between 30 and 50 years old, lean, rangy, and gray at the temples, with the typical olive skin of most of the characters in the book.

Cillian Murphey as The Falconer- A bondsmage, he is essentially a wizard. The bondsmagi are mercanaries and have a policy that anyone who kills one of their numbers will be hunted along with their family and friends. He looks to be in his twenties, balding, and has a pet falcon (hence the name). ßPin It


miriam said...

huge fan of this series!! i'm totally stealing your dream cast idea for my own blogspot. :) since reading the first book a few years ago, i have imagined certain players in the roles, of course. and also evangelized this book like no other ... except sabriel.

Em said...

I love your chosen cast - I've been trying to cast this myself ever since I heard that Warner Bros. had bought the film rights!
Let's hope they cast it right...

Anonymous said...

Locke Lamora
Jim Sturgis

Jean Tannen
Greg Grunberg

Brendan Gleeson

The Thiefmaker
Jim Broadbent

Capa Barsavi
Daniel Day Lewis

The Grey King
Ralph Fiennes

The Bondsmage
Jared Harris

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking of who would fit to play Locke, and i think Craig Horner would be good.
he's got the perfect ''Oh my god what have i gotten myself into'' attitude.

I like the other ones you've chosen too... I was a little doubtful about the one you chose as Jean, and the Gray King, but they are on the other hand characters taht are hard to imagine.

Anonymous said...

Geoffrey Rush would be an amazing Chains.

Anonymous said...

Good call on Brendan Gleeson as Chains - Near to where I envisioned him, and not someone who initially came to mind.

I see a lot of calls for Maggie Smith or Judi Dench as Dona Vorchenza, but possible a little to obvious (though I think Maggie Smith has the ability to act both Frail and Strong). Cloris Leachman would be another possibility.

Though they are probably about 15 years or so to old now, I think Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would have made a great Locke and Jean if they had been a bit younger. Right physical appearance for both.

For the Bondsmage maybe Matt Berry? (again probably to old now though)

Anonymous said...

I strongly believe that Jeff Bridges would be the best chains but it was a good call with Elliot.

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