Saturday, November 29, 2008
If anyone's interested, I recently was introduced to a website called Storycasting.

It lets you pick a book, then enter in your dream cast, as if you were in charge of making the movie.

I took a crack at creating a cast for the movie, and quickly realized how conflicted I am about certain roles. Personally, I can't for the life of me think of an actor I'd like to see as Kvothe.

Anyway, if that sort of thing seems like a good time to you, feel free to wander over here and check it out.


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Blogger Captain Joe said...

NPH as Bast is quite possibly the best idea anyone has had since Pat thought to himself, "Hey, I wonder what it'd feel like to write a really long, awesome book?"

And so it was that we all learnt the meaning of epic.

November 29, 2008 3:53 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I think Kvothe should be an unknown.

November 29, 2008 9:45 AM  
Blogger Fluffs said...

Kevin McKidd, Lucius Vorenus from HBO's/BBC's Rome would be perfect imho. He has recently joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy if you don't know who I mean. Scottish actor who got his big break in Trainspotting. No need to dye his hair or beard.

November 29, 2008 1:26 PM  
Blogger Rob said...


If you get your hands on a flux capacitor, how about a young David Bowie?

November 29, 2008 2:00 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

I know a guy who looks like Kvothe, actually. Curly red hair and a tall guy. I introduced him to Name of the Wind and he's hooked (hasn't quite finished it yet) He's an actor and made mention of the fact that you need to write a script soon so he can play him.

November 29, 2008 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kvothe is hard.. especially because you'd need at least three actors to play him.

November 29, 2008 4:45 PM  
Blogger Kelly Swails said...

I'm thinkin' Keira Knightley for Denna, myself. Or possibly Kate Winslet.

NPH as Bast would be brilliant.

November 29, 2008 9:58 PM  
Blogger Jeff Reid said...

Kevin McKidd added to the actor database. Glad you're all having fun at the site.
"for the movie in your mind"

November 29, 2008 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Snall Trippin said...

I have orange hair.....just saying...*cough*

November 30, 2008 1:43 AM  
Blogger marky said...

I'll go for Colin Farrell as Kvothe and Will Smith as Bast. Also, I'd love to see Tony Hopkins as Chronicler.

November 30, 2008 4:56 AM  
Anonymous BaldSilver said...

Hey, i just reread name of the wind and i noticed something, at the end, when he kills the draccus, he does a bit of sympathy that makes no sense. One of the rules is that energy must be conserved right? than how does he make a giant iron wheel move simply by using a lodestone. anyone?

November 30, 2008 2:46 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

A lodenstone is a magnet, and iron is magnetic, hence the binding.

November 30, 2008 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Arle said...

BaldSilver, been a while since I've read the book, but I'm fairly sure he binds it with the lodestone as well as using fires destroying the town as an energy source, making up for the extra effort that'd be needed to move something that big..

Haha, suprisingly, I really agree with some of the casting ideas on that site... especially NPH and Natalie Portman.

Really love what you're doing with the charity Pat :) I winced when I saw how much it had reached, knowing you're gonna match it dollar for dollar. That is a lot of money for one man.

November 30, 2008 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second I thought of this, I knew that Ian McKellen should be Ben. It's perfect!

December 1, 2008 9:12 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

These are awesome.

Neil Patrick Harris and Morena Baccarin are definite keepers.
And you absolutely must keep Nathalie Portman... Though, if you get that flux capacitor, blasting her back to closer to when she was in the Professional would be perfect...

Felicia Day as Auri is also pretty inspired, but that leaves me with no where to cast Audrey Tatou....

Johny Depp as Elodin is fun, just like I think Jonathan Frakes would be awesome to see as Arliden... but I don't know that they would do the story the best service as having new faces play the roles. There are just so many things linked with them in people's minds.

December 1, 2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hi Pat -

I know this isn't the relevant thread, but I didn't know how far back into previous posts you read, and I wanted to make sure you saw this...... MAZEL TOV. Congratulations. You have just inspired me to donate.... normally I don't do so, as I prefer to send my money to the ALS foundation (for familial reasons). However - you have gathered SUCH a wealth of support from people who the general populous normally wouldn't associate with caring... I just had to throw in my few bucks in support of all of your efforts, and your heart. I've been following your campaign from the start (I was the one who made the comment about the thermometer not showing the correct level of $$ raised - I hope it wasn't snarky!!!) and I am overawed by your commitment and level of belief and compassion. I hope you blast past $30k, and hit $50k!!!!

Good luck, and thank you! :D

December 1, 2008 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Gerard Butler as Kvothe? Not like in '300', but more like in 'Dear Frankie' or in 'PS I Love You'

December 1, 2008 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People probably won't know who I'm talking about, I don't think he's a very big actor, but i think Micheal McShane would make a perfect Ben. This is the guy who played Friar Tuk in kevin costner's Robin Hood.

December 1, 2008 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Return of the Kip said...

Sean Connery must be in there somewhere. maybe as kvothe's dad.

December 1, 2008 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another possibility, Leelee Sobieski as Auri...

December 1, 2008 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pat long time reader, first time poster. I want to thank you for many things. First the book, top notch my man. Second thanks for being what seems to me one hell of a cool guy. Third, showing me Dr. Horrible, holy shiznit is it awesome. Fourth, for introducing me to the Storycasting site.

Although I do disagree with you about some casting choices. i like Paul Rudd as Elodin.

Anyway I hope you come out to Southern California some day, I would like to meet you some day. More like do a shot of tequila with you, but whatever the roads of time bring us i will accept.


December 3, 2008 4:43 PM  
Blogger Jeff Reid said...

959 visits and over 8,000 pageviews to as direct referrals from this blog post alone. Thanks, Pat!

- Jeff

December 5, 2008 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Philip Pickard said...

Very fun, but I cannot in good conscience endorse James MacAvoy as Kvothe. Or anyone.

I'm sorry, but I can't quite forgive him for "Wanted." One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

December 5, 2008 3:36 PM  
Blogger Fluffs said...

Philip Pickard,

Try & get your hands on the BBC series Early Doors, you will forgive him everything I promise.

December 6, 2008 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kvothe... Philip Seymor Hoffman.

January 21, 2009 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Rin said...

Johnny Depp as Elodin would be completely amazing to say the least.

February 1, 2009 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Val Kilmer could pull off an amazing Kvothe, if he slims back up. Which I think he has...

September 10, 2009 12:36 AM  
Anonymous Cameron said...

I think that Viggo Mortensen would be an amazing adult Kvothe

September 13, 2009 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you'd kinda be mandatory to have a newer actor for Kvothe simply because of his age. A younger actor would be able to play a younger character much more effectively... and it'd be hard to find the 'spark' that a character like Kvothe requires in someone who's been associated with Hollywood for any length of time (on this note, for the sake of the books, please wait until after the series for the movies. You probably would have anyway, but hey.)

September 23, 2009 2:08 PM  
Blogger Solieyu said...

I must say, movie adaptations of books as complex as The Name of the Wind terrify me on multiple levels. One because I have to see them; two, because there's just so much to a book that a movie will fail to grasp, particularly the world filling elements such as accents, swear words, religions, etc.

"The Lay of Sir Savien Traliard" is one of the pivotal scenes in the book, yet they'd have to write an actual song to include it in the movie.

Peter Jackson did a truly amazing job with Lord of the Rings (which is nowhere close to the cultural complexity of NotW) yet I still find myself grumbling over Tom Bombadil and other missing or glossed over elements.

That said: Hugh Jackman would make a great Arliden, and hey he can actually sing.

October 6, 2009 9:08 PM  

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